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Freitag, 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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Freitag, 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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Freitag, 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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Freitag, 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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Freitag, 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]

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Samstag, 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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Dienstag, 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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Freitag, Juli 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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Freitag, Juli 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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Donnerstag, Juni 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]