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    Last Vegas

    by  • November 4, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Movies about older people are becoming more and more common as a certain population segment finds themselves aging. “Last Vegas” is the latest of this genre, a blend of jokes about aging and mild introspection about how older people should live. Like others before it, it has a fabulous cast and some good dialog,...

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    The Counselor

    by  • October 29, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem in "The Counselor"

    There is a very small group of films which I think are brilliant but never particularly want to see again. “The Counselor” is in that group. It’s not a flawless film, but the performances and dialog are incredible, and while it’s a cautionary tale at heart, it’s never preachy. It’s also one of the...

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    Carrie

    by  • October 21, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's novel "Carrie" is well known enough that a remake seems unnecessary. Director Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") proves that wrong, modernizing the setting, highlighting the modern tropes in the story, and drawing fantastic performances out of her cast. She also drenches it with a bleak, heartbreaking horror. With...

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    Riddick

    by  • October 1, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The “Chronicles of Riddick” franchise (which began with the fabulous B-movie scifi/horror flick “Pitch Black” in 2000) has grown to include two movies, a direct-to-DVD animated feature, and two video games. Now, another installment on film has come out, this time titled simply “Riddick.” Rather than following the previous film (“The Chronicles of Riddick”)...

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    The World’s End

    by  • September 3, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Edgar Wright Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddy Marsan, Rated: R for pervasive language including sexual references. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have brought us a pair of films that manage to be several things at once: “Shaun of the Dead” was a romantic comedy, a zombie movie,...

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    Kick-Ass 2

    by  • August 20, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    “Kick-Ass 2,” the follow up to 2010’s “Kick-Ass”, seems unsure of what exactly it wants to be. The first film was an (admittedly very, very violent) exploration of what happens when ordinary people try to be superheroes, and the psychological toll that takes on ordinary kids. The sequel seems to be trying to continue...

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    Elysium

    by  • August 13, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The rich live highly privileged lives, in complete luxury and with access to phenomenal health care. Everyone else (the vast majority of humanity) lives in slums, dangerous places with brutal police, uncaring bureaucrats, and general misery. Oh, and it’s 150 years in the future, and all the rich people live in space. Welcome to...

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    The Wolverine

    by  • July 29, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: James Mangold Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Haruhiko “Hal” Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language The last big time we saw Logan, aka The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), he was cradling the body of his...

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    RED 2

    by  • July 22, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Directed by: Dean Parisot Starring: Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta Jones Rated: PG-13 for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material The gang of agents marked Retired: Extremely Dangerous are back for another adventure in “RED 2,” helmed by director Dean...

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    Pacific Rim

    by  • July 16, 2013 • Movie Reviews and Features

    “Pacific Rim” is one of those movies where the trailers don’t do it justice, but can still make it pretty obvious whether you want to see it or not. If the idea of Guillermo del Toro (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) directing a movie in which enormous robots fight enormous alien sea monsters fills you with...

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