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Freitag, Dezember 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is probably the most review-proof movie ever released. The reality is it is more of a cultural phenomenon than an actual movie. Whether these movies are any good or not really doesn’t matter. George Lucas proved this by releasing a trilogy of prequel... [More]

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Freitag, Dezember 11, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Moby Dick” is one of those foundational tales, a man-versus-nature bedrock, which has permeated so many works of fiction that followed. But the most sensational part of the story, the part with all the boat sinking and angry, giant whales, was based on a very true event. “In the... [More]

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Sonntag, November 29, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s easy to get cynical about sequels and reboots when it is clear most of these movies are made for financial, instead of creative, reasons. This is why, at first glance, it is easy to dismiss “Creed” as one last attempt to wring the remaining few dollars out of the fading &ldqu... [More]

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Sonntag, November 29, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

What’s great about Pixar is they have built such a dependable brand over the years audiences will give them enough latitude to tell a good story without the pressure to cram in a joke a minute or pander to pint-sized audience members. The latest film to come from the venerable animation studi... [More]

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Freitag, November 20, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s easy to slam a vanity project because it is usually an indulgence that seems to be merited more by celebrity than by talent. And even though these movies are usually terrible, they can at least provide some insight into what makes the creator tick. “By the Sea” is the very de... [More]

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Freitag, November 13, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Few things have the power of emotional manipulation like a Christmas movie. You’re already softened up by eggnog and nostalgia and then war hero Harry Bailey raises a toast to his brother, George, the richest man in Bedford Falls, and boom, you’re sobbing into your fruitcake. “Lov... [More]

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Freitag, November 6, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

One of the challenges of critiquing a movie is trying to determine what to judge it against. You can’t compare “Blazing Saddles” to “Citizen Kane,” yet both achieve greatness in their own way. It can be tricky. But this is partly why I love James Bond movies. After 24 ... [More]

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Freitag, November 6, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

I have to admit to having mixed feelings when hearing about “The Peanuts Movie,” the new digitally animated take on the Charles M. Schulz classic comic strip. This was to be the first “new” Peanuts property since Schulz’s death in 2000 and part of me feared this could ... [More]

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Freitag, November 6, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Your typical biopic has a lot of familiar guideposts. There’s the rise from obscurity, early success, a fall from grace and then we wrap things up with our older/wiser subject in a “good” place. “Steve Jobs” chucks most of these conventions aside and delivers a Shakesp... [More]

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Freitag, Oktober 16, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

If you mix eggs, flour, sugar and butter, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise when you end up with cake. The same predictable results happen when you mix Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and the Coen Brothers — you get a good movie. “Bridge of Spies” is the title of that cine... [More]