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Sonntag, Oktober 4, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes a movie is less than the sum of its parts. “Sicario” (which we learn right of the bat is Spanish slang for “hitman”) boasts exceptional acting performances, inspired direction and stunning cinematography. The problem is none if it amounts to anything particularly i... [More]

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Donnerstag, Oktober 1, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes a movie becomes something transcendent and turns into an experience. “The Walk” is one of those amazing films you just have to see to believe. It also joins the ranks of the tiny handful of movies like “Avatar” and “Gravity” that you simply must see in 3... [More]

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Freitag, September 25, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“A Brilliant Young Mind” is one of those movies that takes a general family drama/coming-of-age story and sets it in a very specific place. Here, it is the world of high school mathletes. Asa Butterfield (who you might remember as the young star of “Hugo” and “Ender&rs... [More]

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Freitag, September 25, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Sometimes there is truth in old adages like “the right man for the job.” It’s never fair to pigeonhole a filmmaker into a particular genre, but if you are going to make a movie about the Stonewall Riots, a moment that proved to be the catalyst for the gay rights movement in America... [More]

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Freitag, September 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Few actors can truly disappear into a character the way Johnny Depp can. He’s used this skill for the past decade to basically clown around and make millions and millions of dollars. But Johnny has decided to get serious again in “Black Mass” by embodying, to creepy perfection, br... [More]

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Freitag, September 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Gee, the lack of humility before nature that’s being displayed here, uh … staggers me.”— Dr. Ian Malcolm, “Jurassic Park” George Mallory’s famous quote “Because it’s there,” given as an answer to the question of why he wanted ... [More]

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Freitag, September 11, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

M. Night Shyamalan is a fascinating case of a promising career gone horribly wrong. Billed as the next Hitchcock after his turn-of-the-millennium run of “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs,” it seemed he could do no wrong. But things went from disappointi... [More]

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Freitag, September 4, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

A hiker who recently made the 2,200-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail complained about the lack of peace and solitude due to the large numbers of hard-partying hikers spoiling the splendor of nature. The moral of that story is when you hike the Appalachian Trail you probably aren’t going ... [More]

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Freitag, August 21, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Tone is a tricky thing when it comes to movies. You typically don’t think about it when a movie is playing it straight; as dramas are serious, comedies are funny, horror movies are scary and so on. But when you start mashing things up, tone becomes essential, like a high wire act where if you... [More]

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Sonntag, August 16, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Music biopics tend to follow a fairly common arc. There is the rise out of obscurity, the moment of inspiration, success and excess, a falling out and then ultimately reconciliation. It is a familiar journey and, in the end, these movies don’t bring much more to the table than the warm glow of... [More]