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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

It's only a game. We as a nation — heck, we as a city — tend to over-emphasize the importance of sports. However, sometimes sports is transcendent and comes to mean something much more than grown men chasing a ball around. The movie "We Are Marshall" captures one of those transcendent mo... [More]

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Ahh, the chick flick. What a dependable genre you are. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love and you'll often be watching a pretty mediocre movie. Therefore, dependably, just in time for Christmas comes "The Holiday," a pretty average romantic comedy that gets elevated to "not bad" status, t... [More]

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

"Fast Food Nation" has a lot working against it. Sure it's got an all-star cast and a quality director, but that's where the good vibes stop. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Eric Schlosser, which was a scathing expose on fast-food chains and the meat-packing plants that supply the n... [More]

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Once in a generation the rock gods descend from their heaven and swing the mighty Scepter of Rock to crown a new king. Who could have guessed that the heir apparent to the throne would be a couple of dumpy, middle-aged white guys calling themselves Tenacious D. Behold the rock duo of actors/musicia... [More]

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

From white-knuckle, blood-and-guts director Ridley Scott and rough-and-tumble actor Russell Crowe, the duo that brought you the slash-and-smash epic "Gladiator," have teamed up again to bring you - -a romantic comedy about a vineyard in France?! Sure, why not? The result is the odd little film "A G... [More]

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Tuesday, November 7, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Christmas is just around the corner. Don't believe me? Just take a trip down to your local movie-plex and watch the poorly conceived, poorly executed Christmas movies roll into town looking to turn a quick buck on the public's need for prepackaged holiday cheer. The first such offender, rolling int... [More]

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

A movie should always be judged on its own merits. This is how one can consider "Dumb and Dumber" a good movie — it's not "Citizen Kane," but then it didn't set out to be. However, sometimes comparisons are unavoidable and in some rare cases a movie is actually made worse simply because of the... [More]

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Friday, October 13, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

It is common knowledge that movies get green-lit in Hollywood sometimes based on little more than a concept, a plot point, or even just a title (re: "Snakes On a Plane"). I have a sneaking suspicion that a studio exec was watching the coverage of Hurricane Katrina and saw the bravery and daring of ... [More]