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Aug 17 2017

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

There’s not much about The Hitman’s Bodyguard you haven’t seen in some form or another in preceding films. Lead character falls from grace and spends the whole movie trying to redeem himself? Been there. Two characters bickering constantly throughout and have to drop their egos to work together? Done that. Its plot, a race to […]
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Feb 6 2016

Deadpool

If you don’t know what a teabag is—and I don’t mean the Earl Grey kind—then “Deadpool” might not be for you. Marvel gives itself a full reach-around in this gloriously profane comic book adaptation, which stars Ryan Reynolds as bottom-feeding mercenary Wade Wilson, and director Tim Miller wildly overcompensates for the watered-down version of the character we […]
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Oct 8 2015

Mississippi Grind

Good fortune and co-dependence blur together in the gambling flick “Mississippi Grind”, a laid back buddy/road trip drama from writers/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson”) that is more about the players than the game. It’s like “Rounders” with a bigger heart. “The journey is the destination”: That’s the credo of good-natured Curtis (Ryan Reynolds), a guy who says […]
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Jul 9 2015

Self/Less

There are so many layers to Tarsem Singh’s Self/Less to start simply with an offhand remark about how many influences Singh has incorporated into it. Granted, at first look, Self/Less plays like a mix of John Frankenheimer’s Seconds, Robert S. Fiveson’s Parts: The Clonus Horror (unofficially remade as The Island by Michael Bay), Rian Johnson’s […]
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Jul 21 2013

R.I.P.D.

I’ll be about the one thousandth critic to compare this film to “Men In Black” and “Ghostbusters” – congrats to me –  but I was surprised by the shades of “Beetlejuice” and “Ghost” that filled out the rest of Robert Schwentke’s unusually out-of-whack “R.I.P.D”, which, like its “deado” baddies, lacks any soul. This film should’ve […]
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Mar 22 2013

The Croods

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on March 22, 2013.) Of late, I noticed that our video collection is skewing more to the DreamWorks side of animated movies instead of Disney/Pixar. That’s not a slight against any other animation houses – it’s just that my 2-year-old seems to like Puss in Boots and […]
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