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Friday, September 23, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Tales of diamonds in the rough are as old as stories themselves, but when done well, they challenge our preconceptions and inspirationally prove anyone from anywhere is capable of anything. “Queen of Katwe” is an exceptional diamond-in-the-rough tale based on the real-life story of Phio... [More]

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Friday, September 23, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

It seems pedigree matters when it comes to animated family films. The really good ones rarely come out of left field and typically are a part of a familiar brand like Pixar, Disney or Laika. Warner Animation Group is looking to join this elite group and following their surprise hit “The Lego ... [More]

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Friday, September 23, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

There’s not much new you can do with a Western. Even the basic premise behind “The Magnificent Seven” of a town led by heroes defending itself from a ruthless villain has been used so much it has been parodied on multiple occasions (think “Blazing Saddles” and “Th... [More]

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Friday, September 16, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

We’re all entitled to some occasional, light-hearted, murderous fun from time to time. And there’s no better way to harmlessly indulge in a high body count than the thoroughly enjoyable “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder," playing now through Sept. 25, at the Fox Theat... [More]

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Friday, September 16, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

We see families in crisis on the big screen quite often. Not only is it something we all can relate to, but there is a bit of a comfort in confronting a family that is (slightly) more screwed up than your own. What’s tricky about these movies is it is ever so easy for them to be pandering, pr... [More]

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Friday, September 9, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

All hail Tom Hanks, the everyman hero we most certainly do not deserve, but whom we undoubtedly need. I mean, when you heard they were making a movie about Chesley Sullenberger, the airline pilot who safely landed a damaged jet in the Hudson River, you immediately figured Hanks would be playing him... [More]

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Friday, August 19, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a plucky animation studio out there pushing technological envelopes and producing high-quality family films with an impressive, clockwork regularity. If I had written that sentence 20 years ago, it would have been about Pixar. But, today, I am talking about Laika. In pushing stop-motion an... [More]

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Friday, August 19, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Some movies are drenched in a time and place so thoroughly they become iconic. “Hell or High Water” does that for present-day West Texas. This free-wheeling crime drama is packed to the gills with atmosphere, color and performances to the point the movie itself speaks with a gritty draw... [More]

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Saturday, August 13, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

  There is a scene in “Pete’s Dragon” where Robert Redford’s character talks about the life-changing magic of simply beholding a creature as wondrous and magnificent as a dragon. It’s ironic such a speech should take place in a movie that is surprisingly du... [More]

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Bad guys have all the fun. The post-Christopher-Nolan take on the DC universe of superheroes has been clunky and uneven at best (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman”) and outright disastrous at worst (“Green Lantern”). This deficiency is made all the more apparen... [More]