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Friday, 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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Friday, 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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Friday, 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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Friday, 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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Sunday, 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]

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Sunday, August 16, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Movies adapted from television shows are almost always destined for failure. The notable exception is currently sitting on top of the box office. But the reason “Mission: Impossible” works is because it was based on a show that was more about a cool concept than iconic characters and be... [More]

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

After five movies and nearly 20 years of playing Ethan Hunt in the “Mission: Impossible” movies, I think it is safe to say Tom Cruise has settled into a role that lets him play to all of his strengths. There’s always lots of running, he gets to be incredibly earnest and he gets to... [More]

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

I’ve always been weirdly fascinated with the landmark Stanford Prison Experiment ever since I first heard about it. This was during the Iraq war when the revelations came out of Abu Ghraib prison that seemingly unassuming American men and women in uniform had become sadistic tormenters of the ... [More]

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Friday, July 17, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

If Marvel was ever poised to finally screw up, it was going to be with “Ant-Man.” The premise is pretty goofy with a character dug from the comic book archives who has the power to shrink to a nearly imperceptible size and communicate with ants. It’s tough to imagine a lot of scena... [More]

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Sunday, July 12, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

In the past, Hollywood has arbitrarily declared “The Year of the Woman” in attempts to address the issues in the largely patriarchal film industry. It’s starting to look like 2015 might be the first truly legitimate Year of the Woman as movies for, by and about women are dominatin... [More]