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Donnerstag, März 8, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

I'm a sucker for a good space opera. You know, that hopeful and simple brand of science fiction that features grand adventures, reluctant heroes and a crater full of melodrama. The most famous example would be the "Star Wars" movies, but countless other illustrations from Flash Gordon to Buck Roger... [More]

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Mittwoch, März 7, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

Evil kid movies are nothing new. From "The Bad Seed" to "The Omen" to "The Good Son," kids have been creeping us out for years. But while these movies were played for campy thrills and chills, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" is a morose and heavy-handed take on the subject that layers great performan... [More]

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Mittwoch, Februar 29, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  Director Todd Phillips is a proud supporter of good-natured anarchy as evidenced by his movies "Old School" and the two "Hangover" films. It's no wonder then that as a producer he has slapped his name all over the epic high-school-party-gone-wrong movie "Project X." Out of control doesn't e... [More]

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Dienstag, Februar 28, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

The phrase "I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees," was my first introduction to environmentalism. When I first heard these words read to me by my mother, it was the 1980s and overall environmental consciousness was still in its infancy. In fact, when Dr. Seuss first published "The Lorax" in 1971 ... [More]

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Freitag, Februar 24, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  I love a good action movie and have seen more than a few in my day; however I have never seen a movie quite like "Act of Valor." Now don't mistake its uniqueness for quality because as a film this thing is a borderline mess. But as a series of incredible action sequences held together b... [More]

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Donnerstag, Februar 23, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

"Wanderlust" is the perfect title for the new Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston comedy because it is a potentially good movie that just gets lost along the way. The movie starts out strongly with Rudd and Aniston playing George and Linda, a Manhattan couple we meet as they are taking a leap by signing... [More]

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Donnerstag, Februar 9, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

If your by-the-numbers action/thriller is going to have any chance of standing out, you either need a bold director making a lot of interesting choices or have an exceptionally solid cast. While "Safe House" director Daniel Espinosa does a solid job, it's not enough to lift the burden of success of... [More]

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Dienstag, Januar 24, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is really only one reason "Albert Nobbs" was made into a movie, and that reason is Glenn Close. This movie was a passion project for Close, who not only stars as the titular character, but also served as executive producer, co-wrote the screenplay, helped co-write some of the music and hand-st... [More]

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Donnerstag, Januar 19, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a danger when a movie deals with a tragedy on the colossal scale of Sept. 11, 2001 in that it may cheapen a very real and very profound moment that impacted millions of people. Movies are great for dramatizing the far away or fictional, allowing us to munch away on our popcorn while wading... [More]

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Dienstag, Januar 17, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

The idea of seeing a psychiatrist for counseling or therapy in this day and age is so commonplace even tough guys like Tony Soprano are willing to lie down on the couch for a little head shrinking. But not so long ago — just at the turn of the 20th Century — the treatment of mental illn... [More]