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Donnerstag, Mai 26, 2011 | by: Mat DeKinder

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, or at least that's what the song says. Of course, that song is about chess, so if the city has the power to shake up the board-game set imagine what it has in store for those who engage in intense drunken debauchery. The sequel to the surprise comedy hi... [More]

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Freitag, März 18, 2011 | by: Mat DeKinder

Last week in "Battle: Los Angeles," aliens came to blow us up. This week in "Paul," the alien in question is much more content just kicking back, having a few beers and cracking a bunch of jokes. Now that's a close encounter I can get behind. "Paul" is a comedy that is enjoyable enough for your cas... [More]

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Freitag, Februar 11, 2011 | by: Mat DeKinder

Adam Sandler has made a great career out of playing buffoons. When he burst onto the scene and achieved his greatest successes, Sandler was playing a manic buffoon in movies like "Billy Madison," "Happy Gilmore," and "The Waterboy." Now sure, none of these movies should be considered landmark works... [More]

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Dienstag, Oktober 19, 2010 | by: Mat DeKinder

"Hope I die before I get old." — The Who, "My Generation" Frank Moses is a fairly typical retiree. He goes about his day puttering around his suburban home and he fills the lonely hours by reading and striking up a blossoming telephone relationship with the woman responsible for administerin... [More]

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Mittwoch, Juli 14, 2010 | by: Mat DeKinder

So often in movies the villain is the most interesting character on the screen. Who needs a boring ol' hero anyway, especially in the animated film "Despicable Me," where the villain turns out to be the hero. OK, so it is a kids movie; therefore, our focal bad guy, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), isn... [More]

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Mittwoch, Juni 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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Mittwoch, Mai 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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Freitag, 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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Freitag, Juni 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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Samstag, Mai 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]