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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | by: Mat DeKinder

Spying is an ugly business. Beyond the fictionalized glitz of tuxedos and rocket cars is a world of patience, tedium, corruption and distrust. The movie "The Good Shepherd" shows us the creation and rise of the CIA through the eyes of one man who learns that even with the best of intentions, it is s... [More]

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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]