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Friday, April 22, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

I’m not exactly sure who was out there clamoring for a sequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” but somehow here we are. I guess if your movie makes just enough money and doesn’t patently offend anyone’s sensibilities, you can just go ahead and greenlight t... [More]

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Friday, April 8, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Musicals are tricky creatures and not every story lends itself well to the medium. So, just because you can turn a story into a musical, doesn’t mean you should. “The Bridges of Madison County,” which is playing at the Fox Theatre now through April 17, is one such example of a sto... [More]

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Friday, March 25, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is a lot to consider in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and, while the result is a net positive (just barely), I think we have reached the point where the degree of difficulty is so high in the superhero genre even achieving such a humble milestone will take a supersized effor... [More]

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Friday, March 25, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

We all have made choices in our lives that have left us wondering how things might have been different if we had selected a different path. The new musical “If/Then,” currently on its first national tour through March 27, at the Fox Theatre, takes an inspired deep dive on the subject of... [More]

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Friday, March 11, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

J.J. Abrams loves secrets and surprises. His “loose lips sink ships” approach to filmmaking is kind of noble and impressive in our era of spoilers and TMZ. While he was directing the biggest movie in the world, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abrams took it to the next level... [More]

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Friday, March 4, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Animated family movies with talking animals are about as safe as it gets. You can almost set your watch by the pop culture references, fart jokes and a sappy moral. “Zootopia” is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a movie packed with talking animals that dares to be something more by off... [More]

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Friday, March 4, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

It is often said that war is hell. Well, it can also be pretty absurd as well and, if you’re going to wander through the absurd side of hell, who better to be your tour guide than Tina Fey? In the movie “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” Fey plays Kim Baker, a real life war correspondent wh... [More]

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Friday, February 26, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

As a child of the 70s, I grew up with Carole King’s “Tapestry” seemingly always playing in the background. The singer/songwriter’s smash album was a slice of mellow, AM radio gold that defined pop music’s pre-disco era. What I was unaware of at the time, when my mothe... [More]

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Friday, February 19, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Most people know the CliffsNotes version of Jesse Owens’ biography. They know the African-American track star won a bunch of medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and poked a whole lot of holes in Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy. As you would expect, the complete story of his life was ... [More]

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Zoolander 2” is a dumb movie. Of course, that is kind of the point. “Zoolander” was a dumb movie, but when it came out 15 years ago (holy Lord, does that make me feel old), its so-lowbrow-it-is-highbrow skewering of the fashion world felt fresh and surprising. But even thou... [More]