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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]

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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]