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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 […]

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Van Dammage Report: Double Impact

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Now this is more like it. While Jean-Claude Van Damme’s earliest years on the silver screen feature a couple good entries (with Bloodsport remaining one of his best to this day), he still has more misses than hits. Those early films are also — with the exception of Cyborg‘s more garish and ridiculous qualities — […]

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The Movie Villain Hall of Fame: Maleficent

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I love Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. When I was a little girl, my father read me the accompanying book so often that I had it memorized at age three. From the story I’ve heard, he was only slightly disappointed when he realized his “child prodigy” wasn’t actually reading. I remember being fascinated by the film’s villain, the […]