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Freitag, März 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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Freitag, März 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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Freitag, März 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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Freitag, Februar 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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Freitag, Februar 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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Dienstag, Februar 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]

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Samstag, Februar 13, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

We are quickly reaching the point of superhero oversaturation. We know every spandex-clad trope by heart; from the origin stories all the way through to the reboots, we have been there and done that. Which means now is the perfect time for “Deadpool.” Deadpool is a character deep down t... [More]

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Freitag, Februar 5, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

What I love the most about the Coen Brothers is their ability to gleefully hop and skip from one genre to the next all while delivering a certain off-kilter sensibility that permeates every one of their films. From hard-boiled dramas, to Westerns, to outright comedies, the Coens have uncompromisingl... [More]

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Freitag, Januar 29, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

A marriage is full of history, especially one that lasts nearly half a century. The movie “45 Years” takes a look at an English couple who, on the verge of their 45th wedding anniversary, receive news that begins to paint that history in a different light. This is a slight movie, and wh... [More]

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Freitag, Januar 29, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

Hollywood has never been afraid of going to the well once too often. That is how we wind up with something like “Kung Fu Panda 3,” a not-terrible, but completely unnecessary sequel in an animated franchise that probably should have stopped at “Kung Fu Panda 2.” But there is ... [More]