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Sunday, November 29, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

What’s great about Pixar is they have built such a dependable brand over the years audiences will give them enough latitude to tell a good story without the pressure to cram in a joke a minute or pander to pint-sized audience members. The latest film to come from the venerable animation studi... [More]

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Friday, November 20, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

There is something to be said for a classic. The combination of familiarity, simplicity and timelessness can be a force to be reckoned with if done well. The touring production of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” now playing now through Nov. 22, at the Fox Theatre, is a classic ... [More]

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Friday, November 20, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

It’s easy to slam a vanity project because it is usually an indulgence that seems to be merited more by celebrity than by talent. And even though these movies are usually terrible, they can at least provide some insight into what makes the creator tick. “By the Sea” is the very de... [More]

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Friday, November 13, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Few things have the power of emotional manipulation like a Christmas movie. You’re already softened up by eggnog and nostalgia and then war hero Harry Bailey raises a toast to his brother, George, the richest man in Bedford Falls, and boom, you’re sobbing into your fruitcake. “Lov... [More]

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Friday, November 6, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

One of the challenges of critiquing a movie is trying to determine what to judge it against. You can’t compare “Blazing Saddles” to “Citizen Kane,” yet both achieve greatness in their own way. It can be tricky. But this is partly why I love James Bond movies. After 24 ... [More]

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Friday, November 6, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

I have to admit to having mixed feelings when hearing about “The Peanuts Movie,” the new digitally animated take on the Charles M. Schulz classic comic strip. This was to be the first “new” Peanuts property since Schulz’s death in 2000 and part of me feared this could ... [More]

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Friday, November 6, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

A good musical needs to have a consistent sensibility that permeates every corner of the production. So many times a show is a jumble of moods and styles to the point it winds up not having anything particularly interesting to say. Fortunately “Matilda” (full name “Roald Dahl&rsqu... [More]

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Friday, November 6, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

Your typical biopic has a lot of familiar guideposts. There’s the rise from obscurity, early success, a fall from grace and then we wrap things up with our older/wiser subject in a “good” place. “Steve Jobs” chucks most of these conventions aside and delivers a Shakesp... [More]

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Friday, October 16, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

If you mix eggs, flour, sugar and butter, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise when you end up with cake. The same predictable results happen when you mix Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and the Coen Brothers — you get a good movie. “Bridge of Spies” is the title of that cine... [More]

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Friday, October 16, 2015 | by: Mat DeKinder

“Crimson Peak” is a story about how the past is never truly dead and buried, which is fitting because the movie itself is an homage to the spine-tingling ghost tales of cinematic yore. You half expect Vincent Price to pop out from behind a candelabra just to say “Boo!” Visi... [More]