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Saturday, December 17, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Ever since George Lucas sold the rights to "Star Wars" to Disney a few years ago, the franchise has taken some bold steps into the future, although none have been bolder than “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” This film marks a stark departure from the seven films that have come before and... [More]

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Friday, December 9, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

I have often taken issue with movies being adapted into musicals for the stage. At best, the efforts are forced and, at worst, they are shameless money grabs. But then along comes an exception to my rule. The delightful “Finding Neverland,” now playing through Dec. 18, at the Fox Theatr... [More]

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Friday, December 2, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Manchester by the Sea” is a haunting movie that is beautifully shot and superbly acted. It is deeply affecting as it explores the tragedies that befall a blue-collar family and their struggles to overcome them. The focal point of the story is Lee Chandler, played by Casey Affleck in th... [More]

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Friday, November 11, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Science fiction is a versatile genre. Most of the time it is silly, spectacular escapism; but sometimes it can aspire to greatness and give us insights into what makes humanity tick. “Arrival” is high-minded sci-fi at its best and lands as one of the best movies of the year. The setup ... [More]

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Friday, November 4, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Marvel Studios has never been afraid to let things get a little weird. In a town like Hollywood where the heaviest hitters always play it safe, it is a credit to arguably the heaviest hitter of them all that they bring forward fringe characters from the Marvel Comics universe, hand them off to a com... [More]

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Friday, October 21, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

There’s something old-fashioned about the “Jack Reacher” sequel “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back” and that’s not necessarily a good thing. It is a bare-knuckle action movie built around a single movie star that is competently directed and requires more than its share... [More]

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Friday, October 14, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

I’m a sucker for a good action/thriller; one that treads a little on the trashy side and feels like it could be based on a novel you would buy at the airport. “The Accountant” is one of those movies, although it is wholly original; skipping the bookstands and coming direct from sc... [More]

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Friday, October 7, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Occasionally, a movie will come along that has a greater cultural value than an artistic value. What I mean is it stops mattering how “good” a movie is and instead it becomes about how important it is. “The Birth of a Nation” is a very good, but not great historical drama. B... [More]

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s hard to imagine a director better suited to adapt Ransom Riggs’ best-selling novel “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” than Tim Burton. This movie is about lovable weirdos and rests at the juncture where gothic horror meets the X-Men. This is so within h... [More]

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

A movie’s journey to the big screen can be a long and arduous one. Sometimes, a movie can even be completely finished and then sit on a shelf for years at a time due to financial or creative reasons. “Masterminds” is one of those movies. This dim-bulb comedy was originally slated ... [More]