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REVIEW: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION Is A Must-See

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: to believe a 50-something actor can retain his title as an A-list blockbusting action superstar without skimping on the practical kick-ass stunt work that earned him that title in the first place. With many former 80’s idols relying on CG these days (I’m looking right at you, [...]

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REVIEW: PAPER TOWNS Is For Romantics Only, Cynics Need Not Apply

Do you remember what it was to be young and alive with limitless possibilities laid out ahead of you? Was the road to adult happiness smoothly paved with clear directions and signage, or did your journey take you on an off-road adventure? Did you really even live if you didn’t push the boundaries of your [...]

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REVIEW: TESTAMENT OF YOUTH Is Thoughtful Pondering On The Futility Of War

Superheroes aren’t just born – they’re made. Vera Brittain wasn’t born a hero. She became one after the first World War robbed her of many of the loves of her life. Director James Kent’s TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is the feminist icon’s true-life superhero origin story. The exquisitely-lensed coming-of-age tale is about love, loss and lots [...]

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REVIEW: TRAINWRECK Smartly Subverts Traditional RomCom Formula

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back. By now, we’re all familiar with this romcom formula, and it takes a lot of ingenuity to impress genre fans. Writer-superstar Amy Schumer’s TRAINWRECK does just that by taking that tired formula, reversing the gender roles, and making it [...]

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REVIEW: ANT-MAN Encourages Audiences To Rant, Man

The tiny titular character at the heart of director Peyton Reed’s Marvel movie has giant-sized problems – the most glaring being his cinematic anthem is almost a complete mess. Two parts sluggish heist movie, one part hackneyed emotional drama, and one part typical Marvel-ous (not actually marvelous) mayhem, ANT-MAN is a rare and rather unfortunate [...]

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REVIEW: IRRATIONAL MAN Ruminates On Existentialist Quandaries

A quiet college town in Rhode Island is at the center of a mystery in writer-director Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN. That’s where the money came from this time. Call it yet another chapter in the ever growing saga of the thinking man’s midlife crisis, or a dark dramedy on life’s follies and foibles, or the [...]

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REVIEW: MAGIC MIKE XXL Is A Good Time But Barely A Movie

When MAGIC MIKE debuted in 2012 to a radical $39 million opening weekend, it reinforced to studio executives that audiences (specifically the female kind) love event movies (specifically seeing man candy doffing their clothing while grinding to Ginuwine’s “Pony”). For a modestly budgeted $7 million, Warner Brothers’ return on investment was ginormous considering it went [...]

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REVIEW: TED 2 Is Wicked Funny, If Not A Ted Unbalanced

In 2012, a comedy about a man and his stuffed teddy bear took the world by storm. Grossing over $549 million worldwide, TED was more that just a certified hit – it was a sensation. However, audiences and director Seth MacFarlane weren’t as lucky when it came to last summer’s gargantuanly unfunny flop A MILLION WAYS [...]

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REVIEW: INFINITELY POLAR BEAR Sidesteps Saccharine Schmaltz

I know what you’re thinking. No, the title to writer-director Maya Forbes’ INFINITELY POLAR BEAR doesn’t refer to a syrupy, metaphor-laden bedtime fable an irrepressibly manic father reads to his two darling girls as background music slowly crescendos. Thank God both you and I are wrong on this. It refers to the very real mental [...]

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REVIEW: JURASSIC WORLD Is An Entertaining Popcorn Flick Of Epic Proportions

When JURASSIC PARK hit theaters back in 1993, it changed the game for how movies were made. It was a visual marvel to behold – an experience any moviegoer alive at the time remembers with crystal clarity. Pioneering technology and incredibly strong storytelling combined to form a blockbuster of T-Rex-sized proportions that still holds up [...]

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