20th Century Fox

Feb 13 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service

What director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn did for superhero movies in “Kick-Ass”, he’s done twofold for the spy genre with “Kingsman: The Secret Service”. The film strikes just the right chord: As a tongue-in-cheek homage to old Bond flicks, replete with a looming global catastrophe, a snow-covered mountain lair, a plethora of gadgets, at least one character […]
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Jun 12 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Of late, the second installment of franchise films all seem to have a common thread: go darker. Get sad. Get mean. Go deeper. And cut deeper, too. It’s kind of obvious that today’s filmmakers are no doubt inspired by what is heralded as one of the greatest sequels ever, The Empire Strikes Back, the game-changing […]
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May 23 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past (review #2)

And so our summer movie season begins not with a whimper, but with a bang, as director Bryan Singer returns to helm the latest in the franchise he started back in 2000 with the first film in the X-Men series. This installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past, intertwines the canon set by the first three […]
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May 23 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past

With the three original “X-Men” films proving to be a mixed bag and Matthew Vaughn’s terrific “X-Men: First Class” wedged in between two silly and rather inconsequential “Wolverine” side adventures, it was tough to tell which direction the “X-Men” franchise was headed. Having already covered several timelines, and with many characters from the eponymous team […]
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Jun 28 2013

The Heat

I think I’ll file “The Heat” under “not nearly as bad as I’d expected”, because I can’t bring myself to outright recommend it, but at the same time I’ll be watching it again when it comes out on video. Though the film is funny more often than not, it’s also very easy to forget; in […]
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Jun 8 2013

The Internship

Whatever chemistry existed between Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in 2005’s hilarious “Wedding Crashers” is diminished in the tedium of “The Internship”, which could resemble a two-hour episode of “Romper Room” if it were filmed at Google headquarters.  A few laughs in the first half hour suggest that the film’s writers (Vaughn and Jared Stern […]
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