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Freitag, April 3, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Once a movie franchise has reached its seventh installment, there’s not a whole lot left to say — especially when we are talking about a franchise as ridiculous as “The Fast and the Furious.” I’ve seen all of these movies (I think? I honestly couldn’t tell y... [More]

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Freitag, April 3, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Home” is one of those standard, inoffensive, mildly entertaining family films that are explicitly designed for parents in search of an hour-and-a-half of peace. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the movie, which has been the DreamWorks Animation modus operandi of late... [More]

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Freitag, April 3, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Chemistry is one of the most important things in comedy. How two leads play off of one another can mean life or death as far as laughs are concerned. That being said, Will Ferrell is such a comedic force of nature you could pair him with Alan Greenspan and I would probably still at least chuckle. ... [More]

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Mittwoch, März 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Liam Neeson has a particular set of skills. It pretty much only involves shooting guns, punching people and bringing some degree of gravitas to a paint-by-numbers action flick; but hey, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. He’s at it again with “Run All Night,” a below-average movie... [More]

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Mittwoch, März 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is nothing new anyone could possibly say with “Cinderella.” It is the most repeated story in the Western arts and it has been tweaked, embellished, mocked, deconstructed, reconstructed and deconstructed again. So when Disney decided to do a live-action version of the classic fairy... [More]

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Donnerstag, März 12, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Some shows are built for success. The cast, the direction and the venue all hardly matter for some musicals, which boast such a strong infrastructure they are essentially foolproof. “The Phantom of the Opera” is one such show. Returning to the Fox Theatre stage through March 15, “... [More]

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Donnerstag, März 12, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Writer/director Neill Blomkamp has a pretty low opinion of humanity. At least that is a fair assumption based on his three feature films “District 9,” “Elysium” and now “Chappie.” What makes this stance problematic is that, especially with this latest film, it be... [More]

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Samstag, Februar 28, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Movies about con men almost always tend to get a little too cute for their own good. They start to fall in love with the crosses and the double crosses to the point all the fun and personality gets sucked right out of the film. “Focus” avoids those traps and delivers an entertaining, sm... [More]

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Samstag, Februar 28, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Perhaps the scariest thing about the painfully lame and sloppy horror movie “The Lazarus Effect” is how it wastes a great cast. On some level, I’ve come to peace with the bi-monthly, PG-13 horror movie that gets trotted out as a solid return-on-investment featuring no-name actors ... [More]

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Freitag, Februar 13, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a literary phenomenon that has come to the big screen. This happens all the time, although the subject matter usually has more to do with boy wizards and teenaged vampires as opposed to whips and chains. S&M romance is not your typical Hollywood fare and wh... [More]