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Movie review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn’t as big as I thought it would be. I don’t mean that in terms of summer blockbuster “bigness.” The film has plenty of huge set pieces and as many realistically rendered CG chimps as the eye can see. And I also don’t mean the movie doesn’t contain any big ideas because it […]

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Van Dammage Report: Hard Target

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Hard Target is a special movie. Now, most of you are either rolling your eyes or outright laughing, and I’m not sure I blame you. But I don’t care. I know in my heart of hearts that this is a truly special movie, and there’s nothing anyone can do or say to convince me otherwise. […]

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Movie review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Need a reason to love X-Men: Days of Future Past? You have plenty to pick from. Love it, if you want, for the way it deftly mixes the cast of the original X-Men trilogy with that of X-Men: First Class, the 2011 prequel, without spreading itself out too thin amongst a bunch of different characters. […]

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Van Dammage Report: Nowhere to Run

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A movie like Nowhere to Run tests the dedication I have to this column, at least in terms of being comprehensive in my approach. I want to watch and review all of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s films, and that means taking the good with the mediocre with the bad. Nowhere to Run, unfortunately, ranks on the […]

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It’s okay for Pixar to make sequels (and here’s why)

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At a Disney shareholders meeting earlier this week, the Mouse House announced that both Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2 are in development, and the news was greeted by the usual Internet whining about how Pixar shouldn’t be making sequels and moaning the loss of original stories from everyone’s favorite animation studio. Not only is […]

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Movie review: Veronica Mars

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In theory, I suppose you could argue that director/co-writer Rob Thomas attempted to make Veronica Mars — the big-screen, Kickstarter-funded revival of his cult TV show — accessible to non-fans. There’s a nifty opening sequence where present-day Veronica (Kristen Bell) narrates the important parts of her life story overtop of images pulled straight from the […]

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Van Dammage Report: Universal Soldier

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All of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s films thus far have been smaller affairs, little soirees that often would live or die based entirely on his ability to wrest some charisma and good fight scenes out of what were often very bad scripts and even more basic scenarios. Universal Soldier, however, shifted that paradigm. For a while, […]

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Movie review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Not a disaster, but not a new, surefire template for how to do a comedy sequel either. Some jokes work better than others, of course, but Anchorman 2′s success ratio feels well below that of the first film. I like that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay took a shot at adding a strong satirical component […]

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Movie review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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I like The Desolation of Smaug. I really, really do. But it’s also the first Peter Jackson Middle-Earth flick I don’t unequivocally love. Whereas I was happy to stand with the tiny minority who found An Unexpected Journey to be roughly on par with Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, this time around I must […]