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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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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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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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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 […]


Movie review: The World’s End

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Maybe it was too tall an order expecting The World’s End to reach the delirious heights of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Those first two films in Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s so-called Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy were fizzy blasts of self-aware genre movie-making, not quite spoofs of zombie and action […]

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Movie review: The Wolverine

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In a lot of ways, The Wolverine is one refreshing summer movie. It’s not a prequel or rebootquel or team-up or “dangerous” re-imagining of the character. It merely takes the most popular mutant from the previous five X-Men films and gives him his first proper standalone sequel. (Suck it, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.) And The Wolverine […]

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Movie review: Only God Forgives

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I can understand why Only God Forgives has received a chorus of mixed reactions since its premiere at Cannes, where the film was reportedly booed. (Though that’s the same prestigious film festival where Pulp Fiction was booed when it won the Palme d’Or and Clerks 2 received a two-minute standing ovation. So take that as […]

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Movie review: Man of Steel

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If you gauge the merits of Man of Steel by whether it’s better than Superman Returns, or whether it successfully puts the proper pieces is place for sequels and Justice League movies and a shared DC universe, or whether it finally gives us a Superman who uses the full extent of his powers to pummel otherworldly […]


Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6

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One of my all-time favorite musicians, the incomparable David St. Hubbins, once spoke of the fine line between clever and stupid. Justin Lin’s previous entry into the Fast & Furious franchise lives on that line – straddling it like a drowning midshipman holding onto a buoy in an unforgiving sea. But where Fast Five’s excesses […]