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Saturday, August 13, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

  There is a scene in “Pete’s Dragon” where Robert Redford’s character talks about the life-changing magic of simply beholding a creature as wondrous and magnificent as a dragon. It’s ironic such a speech should take place in a movie that is surprisingly du... [More]

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Bad guys have all the fun. The post-Christopher-Nolan take on the DC universe of superheroes has been clunky and uneven at best (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman”) and outright disastrous at worst (“Green Lantern”). This deficiency is made all the more apparen... [More]

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Friday, July 29, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a certain “wash, rinse, repeat” quality to the Jason Bourne franchise that makes it incredibly difficult to distinguish one from another. Basically, all I can tell you about the first three movies is Bourne is chased from city to city by agents and assassins on a quest for secr... [More]

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Friday, July 29, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Being a mom is tough and, in a lot of ways, motherhood in the 21st century is uncharted territory. Moms struggle with a work/life balance that can be as demanding as it is stressful and unprecedented. Which means it is a subject ripe for comedy. Writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the brain... [More]

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Pixar has long been the gold standard of family entertainment. Even their average efforts are enjoyable and, when they are at their best, they make classics. “Finding Nemo” was one of those classics, filled with stunning animation and a heartwarming story. A scant 13 years later, &ldquo... [More]

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Friday, June 10, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Video games have a pretty lousy track record of being adapted into movies. “Warcraft” upholds this proud tradition by being a disappointing, hot mess. There are some intriguing tidbits floating around in this movie that manage to keep you engaged, but by the time it is clear this is not... [More]

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Friday, June 3, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is an old joke that states something to the effect men like movies where a whole lot of people die really quickly and women like movies where one person dies really slowly. Playing up to that latter stereotype is “Me Before You,” a movie that checks all of the boxes of a conventio... [More]

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

When Disney and Tim Burton dropped “Alice in Wonderland” on us in 2010, it met expectations, but never did it come anywhere close to exceeding them. What might have been most notable about the movie was it was the first major 3D-release in the post-Avatar revolution. The gimmick still ha... [More]

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Friday, May 20, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

The game “Angry Birds” was a landmark because it was one of the very first apps that made people aware of the vast potential of wasting time on their phones. The game was simple and intuitive enough; you used your finger to pull back on a slingshot that launched birds of various abiliti... [More]

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Friday, May 13, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

The biographies of tortured geniuses are a popular film subject, with movies like “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” enjoying great notoriety and success. You could almost hear filmmakers rummaging around the dustbins of histo... [More]