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Friday, October 7, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Occasionally, a movie will come along that has a greater cultural value than an artistic value. What I mean is it stops mattering how “good” a movie is and instead it becomes about how important it is. “The Birth of a Nation” is a very good, but not great historical drama. B... [More]

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s hard to imagine a director better suited to adapt Ransom Riggs’ best-selling novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” than Tim Burton. This movie is about lovable weirdos and rests at the juncture where gothic horror meets the X-Men. This is so within h... [More]

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

A movie’s journey to the big screen can be a long and arduous one. Sometimes, a movie can even be completely finished and then sit on a shelf for years at a time due to financial or creative reasons. “Masterminds” is one of those movies. This dim-bulb comedy was originally slated ... [More]

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Friday, September 23, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Tales of diamonds in the rough are as old as stories themselves, but when done well, they challenge our preconceptions and inspirationally prove anyone from anywhere is capable of anything. “Queen of Katwe” is an exceptional diamond-in-the-rough tale based on the real-life story of Phio... [More]

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Friday, September 23, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

It seems pedigree matters when it comes to animated family films. The really good ones rarely come out of left field and typically are a part of a familiar brand like Pixar, Disney or Laika. Warner Animation Group is looking to join this elite group and following their surprise hit “The Lego ... [More]

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Friday, September 23, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

There’s not much new you can do with a Western. Even the basic premise behind “The Magnificent Seven” of a town led by heroes defending itself from a ruthless villain has been used so much it has been parodied on multiple occasions (think “Blazing Saddles” and “Th... [More]

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Friday, September 16, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

We see families in crisis on the big screen quite often. Not only is it something we all can relate to, but there is a bit of a comfort in confronting a family that is (slightly) more screwed up than your own. What’s tricky about these movies is it is ever so easy for them to be pandering, pr... [More]

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Friday, September 9, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

All hail Tom Hanks, the everyman hero we most certainly do not deserve, but whom we undoubtedly need. I mean, when you heard they were making a movie about Chesley Sullenberger, the airline pilot who safely landed a damaged jet in the Hudson River, you immediately figured Hanks would be playing him... [More]

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Friday, August 19, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a plucky animation studio out there pushing technological envelopes and producing high-quality family films with an impressive, clockwork regularity. If I had written that sentence 20 years ago, it would have been about Pixar. But, today, I am talking about Laika. In pushing stop-motion an... [More]

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Friday, August 19, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Some movies are drenched in a time and place so thoroughly they become iconic. “Hell or High Water” does that for present-day West Texas. This free-wheeling crime drama is packed to the gills with atmosphere, color and performances to the point the movie itself speaks with a gritty draw... [More]