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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ should have stopped before
Wednesday Dec 24 2014
With Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy coming to a close, it’s easy to look back and come to a simple conclusion: “Lord of the Rings” this isn&rs ...
‘Top Five’ channels Chris Rock’s inner Woody Allen
Tuesday Dec 16 2014
Early on in Chris Rock’s new film, “Top Five,” you get the sense that not only is he telling his own story but the story of any rising comic who ever became a mai ...
‘Penguins of Madagascar’ fine for anyone under age 5
Friday Dec 05 2014
There used to be an outlet for second-tier movies that manufactured a spin-off of a popular brand and was generally considered the direct-to-video market. Twenty years ago, &l ...
‘Dumb and Dumber To’ audience has moved on
Thursday Nov 20 2014
Twenty years after introducing the world to the pea-brained duo of Harry and Lloyd, the Farrelly brothers are ready to check in with these characters once more to see what two deca ...
‘Interstellar’ wows visually but is emotionally cold
Wednesday Nov 12 2014
With climate changes threatening the viability of sustaining life on Earth, a team of astronauts journey through space to find a new home for the human race in Christopher Nolan&rs ...
‘Nightcrawler’ captivating and unnerving
Wednesday Nov 05 2014
The nightly news has become so concerned about ratings that sensational content, preying on the fears of viewers, gets top billing, no matter how murky the ethics. Jake Gyllenhaal ...
‘John Wick’ action film does everything right
Thursday Oct 30 2014
“John Wick” Directed by David Leitch and Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist and Alfie Allen Five out of five stars Ever since st ...
‘Fury’ assault is unrelenting
Wednesday Oct 22 2014
Despite the heavy liberties taken by the film, Brad Pitt has already appeared in one of the more compelling World War II movies ever made in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglou ...
‘Dracula Untold’ doesn’t need the explanation
Wednesday Oct 15 2014
I don’t know what compels filmmakers to create origin stories for well-known villains. Storytelling 101 for evil-doers says that if you don’t know why they’re so ...
‘Gone Girl’ fun and unpredictable
Wednesday Oct 08 2014
Adapted from a popular novel by Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl” paints a devastating portrait of marriage so heightened by drama and intrigue that it borders on satire at ti ...
‘The Equalizer’ straight-forward and entertaining
Wednesday Oct 01 2014
Reuniting with Antoine Fuqua, the director who guided him to an Oscar in “Training Day;” Denzel Washington’s attempt to strike a similar chord falls short, alb ...
‘The Maze Runner’ has a good future
Wednesday Sep 24 2014
When it comes to young adult literature, not every film adaptation is created equal. For every “Harry Potter” or “The Hunger Games,” there is an “Era ...
‘No Good Deed’ needs a hook
Wednesday Sep 17 2014
If you’ve seen one home-invasion thriller, chances are you know exactly how “No Good Deed” will play out before the opening credits roll. The film stars Idris El ...
As Above, So Below
Wednesday Sep 03 2014
Since the genre’s popularization with “The Blair Witch Project” in 1999, found-footage movies have rarely lived up to their promise and present a wide variety of ...
‘Sin City’ has seen better days
Wednesday Aug 27 2014
When “Sin City” arrived in 2005, the hyper-stylized pulp noir felt fresh and it gave viewers a different take on comic-book adaptations. Nine years later, “Sin C ...
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