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Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | by: Mat DeKinder

"Grown Ups" is the quintessential broad, high-concept Adam Sandler comedy that typically serves as a critic's punching bag. There's nothing at all challenging or edgy about the movie, which are two essential elements of a successful comedy. The character arcs are shaky, the family-friendly theme ge... [More]

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | by: Mat DeKinder

Summer is here. Oh sure, the concretes at Ted Drewes have only just begun to thaw, the outdoor pools won't open for a couple more weeks and Cubs fans still think they've got a chance to win the division; but as far as Hollywood is concerned, the solstice has arrived. This is because the first big-f... [More]

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Friday, August 14, 2009 | by: Mat DeKinder

Occasionally science fiction movies are about something other than explosions and urban-slang spewing robots. Honestly. “District 9” is one of those rare sci-fi movies that dares to be more than superficial eye candy and in turn should be considered one of the best science-fiction film... [More]

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Friday, June 5, 2009 | by: Mat DeKinder

Not to get all Freudian on you, but a man lives in a constant battle against his own id. Any time this pleasure-seeking part of our minds is let loose even a little, it always seems to leave some mess for us to clean up. Now imagine a group of men whose ids are allowed to run completely amok in the... [More]

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Saturday, May 9, 2009 | by: Mat DeKinder

Your calendar will tell you that summer doesn't start for another month and a half. However, as far as Hollywood is concerned, summer is already here and the high-spectacle, blockbuster season has begun in earnest with the release of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." The character of Wolverine, brought t... [More]

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008 | by: Mat DeKinder

I've always liked Robert Downey Jr., even when personal exploits such as drug use and run-ins with the law threatened to kill not only his career, but the actor himself. Downey has since turned his life around and has slowly and quietly been rebuilding his acting resume. Consider the resurrection c... [More]

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

Zombie movies have enjoyed a renaissance, or reanimation if you will, in recent years thanks in large part to the British import "28 Days Later." The movie's killers are not technically zombies per se, but instead normal people turned into mindless, bloodthirsty killing machines by the quick-spread... [More]

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007 | by: Mat DeKinder

David Fincher has the market cornered on being stylishly creepy. With movies like "Se7en" and "Panic Room" to his credit, the director can turn out a taut genre film and then elevate it by layering the movie with his distinctive directorial style. So with this pedigree it would seem a perfect fit fo... [More]

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Spying is an ugly business. Beyond the fictionalized glitz of tuxedos and rocket cars is a world of patience, tedium, corruption and distrust. The movie "The Good Shepherd" shows us the creation and rise of the CIA through the eyes of one man who learns that even with the best of intentions, it is s... [More]