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Saturday, February 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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Friday, February 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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Friday, January 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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Friday, January 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]

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Newsies” is a show that proves eventually everything finds an audience. Initially a 1992 movie starring a young Christian Bale, the musical was an epic flop and one of Disney’s lowest-grossing movies ever. Perhaps the world just wasn’t ready for a singing, dancing retelling... [More]

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Friday, January 15, 2016 | by: Mat DeKinder

If you were dreaming up comedy pairings, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart might not be the first duo that would pop to mind. But after their buddy-cop movie “Ride Along” became a surprise hit in 2014, these two actors have a bankable chemistry that can’t be denied. Back again with “R... [More]

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Friday, December 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is probably the most review-proof movie ever released. The reality is it is more of a cultural phenomenon than an actual movie. Whether these movies are any good or not really doesn’t matter. George Lucas proved this by releasing a trilogy of prequel... [More]

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Friday, December 18, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Wicked” is one of those productions that is a glorious showcase of all that is wonderful and possible on the stage. Its production values and set design are second to none, it boasts some very strong songs and has universal themes of friendship and staying true to one’s character ... [More]

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Friday, December 11, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Moby Dick” is one of those foundational tales, a man-versus-nature bedrock, which has permeated so many works of fiction that followed. But the most sensational part of the story, the part with all the boat sinking and angry, giant whales, was based on a very true event. “In the... [More]

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Sunday, November 29, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s easy to get cynical about sequels and reboots when it is clear most of these movies are made for financial, instead of creative, reasons. This is why, at first glance, it is easy to dismiss “Creed” as one last attempt to wring the remaining few dollars out of the fading &ldqu... [More]