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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]

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Donnerstag, Januar 12, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

The biggest problem with the new Mark Wahlberg movie "Contraband" is that it can't decide if it wants to be a gritty crime drama, a rowdy action movie or a light-hearted heist film. The result of this indecision is a mediocre movie peppered with decent actors doing the best they can with what littl... [More]

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Mittwoch, Januar 11, 2012 | by: Mat DeKinder

  Can we just go ahead and agree that it is time to anoint Meryl Streep as the world's greatest living actress? We could have the ceremony on some Alpine mountaintop where she would be allowed to sacrifice a publicist on the altar of artistic integrity. With apologies to the Judi Dench's, Hel... [More]

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Freitag, August 5, 2011 | by: Mat DeKinder

There was actually quite a bit going on in the original "Planet of the Apes." It was campy fun mixed with some serious social commentary and one of the most memorable twist endings in motion picture history. The movie did so well that it spawned four sequels and one righteously horrendous remake (i... [More]

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Freitag, Juli 22, 2011 | by: Mat DeKinder

There's something refreshingly dependable about "Captain America: The First Avenger." It's like an old pickup truck; it's low on frills, gets you where you need to go and only occasionally lets you down (stupid carburetor!) For those of you unfamiliar with your comic book history, Captain America d... [More]

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Freitag, Juni 3, 2011 | by: Mat DeKinder

The "X-Men" movie franchise had turned into a bit of a mess. The first "X-Men" helped usher in the modern era of superhero movie with solid characters and plenty of action while the second film proved to be a rousing and thoughtful sequel. Then the wheels came off as the third movie collapsed under... [More]