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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

A good musical needs to have a consistent sensibility that permeates every corner of the production. So many times a show is a jumble of moods and styles to the point it winds up not having anything particularly interesting to say. Fortunately “Matilda” (full name “Roald Dahl&rsqu... [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]

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Freitag, Oktober 16, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Crimson Peak” is a story about how the past is never truly dead and buried, which is fitting because the movie itself is an homage to the spine-tingling ghost tales of cinematic yore. You half expect Vincent Price to pop out from behind a candelabra just to say “Boo!” Visi... [More]

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Sonntag, Oktober 4, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

A man stranded and alone, desperate to get home with only his wits to protect him. It is a scenario that has been a part of fiction throughout the ages from Odysseus to Robinson Crusoe to “Cast Away.” But at least those guys still had little creature comforts like oxygen and temperature... [More]

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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]