• Posts Tagged ‘Fun’

    Magic Mike

    by  • July 17, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    If all you know about "Magic Mike" is that it's a movie about male strippers, you are in for a surprise. Firstly, the film is loosely based on star Channing Tatum's life as an exotic dancer before he became a model and then an actor. Secondly, at heart it's a story about a man...

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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    by  • July 9, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Once again, the Spider-Man story has been rebooted. Toby Maguire and the rest of the previous cast are gone, replaced by Andrew Garfield (aka the other guy from the Facebook movie) and a new crop of actors. It's easy to approach this film with resentment -- after all, why retell the Spider-Man origin story...

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    Snow White & The Huntsman

    by  • June 4, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There's a lot to like about "Snow White and the Huntsman," and a lot to dislike. This grittier take on the familiar fairy tale is likely to divide audiences into those who demand intelligence (or at least not willful stupidity) from movies and those who just want to be taken for a fun ride....

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    Men in Black III

    by  • May 28, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    The slogan of all sequels is "the same, but different," and "Men in Black III" succeeds admirably in that department. Thankfully, it seems to have gone back to the 1997 original for inspiration rather than the lackluster "Men in Black II" from 2002. This is a fun, lighthearted, exciting movie fans will love and...

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    The Avengers

    by  • May 8, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    "The Avengers" has been a long time coming. Starting with the post-credits scene in 2008's "Iron Man" and through the four following movies ("The Incredible Hulk," "Iron Man 2," "Thor," and "Captain America"), expectations around this film have been building slowly but surely. There was a lot riding on this, and it does not...

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    Lockout

    by  • April 16, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    There is a special place in my heart for films that know exactly what they are and set out to fulfill their destiny with utter enthusiasm. "Lockout" is in that class of film. It knows it's a B-movie sci-fi action flick, and has no pretensions otherwise. There's no subtlety here, the film is predictable...

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    John Carter

    by  • March 12, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    Disney has a knack for producing movies that aren't terribly demanding, but are very entertaining for kids of all ages, including grown-up ones. "John Carter," loosely adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs book "A Princess of Mars," is just such a flick. If you're the kind of person who can't set aside science and...

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    One for the Money

    by  • January 30, 2012 • Movie Reviews and Features

    "One for the Money" seemes to be getting treated like a red-headed stepchild by its production companies -- preview screenings for critics were delayed or simply not held, and although it's a light-hearted action comedy, it's being released in the no-man's-land cinematic tundra of late January. It's a shame, because this charming little film...

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    The Three Musketeers

    by  • October 24, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson Starring: Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, Logan Lerman, Christoph Waltz Rated: PG-13 for sequences of adventure action violence It seems to be a requirement for Hollywood to make a film based on “The Three Musketeers” at least once every twenty years, preferably saturated with whatever is currently in vogue....

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    Real Steel

    by  • October 11, 2011 • Movie Reviews and Features, Writing

    Directed by: Shawn Levy Starring: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangelie Lilly, Kevin Durand Rated: PG-13 for some violence, intense action and brief language Disney has many strengths, and “Real Steel” plays to two of them: telling heartwarming tales about underdogs and offering sweet stories about kids and parents bonding. The latter sometimes spills over into laughably twee...

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