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Jun 11 2015

Jurassic World

You might have heard the one about the scientists who tampered with nature, incubated some dinosaur eggs and paid a rather hefty price for it. It’s called “Jurassic Park”, Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking 1993 adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel, and the repercussions of it rippled through two sequels: 1997’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and […]
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May 14 2015

Pitch Perfect 2

“The Pitch Is Back.” So say the promotional materials for Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the sleeper hit from 2012 that captivated hearts and voices everywhere. If you missed it, here’s a slight recap: Pitch Perfect featured Anna Kendrick as Beca, an introvert in her first year at fictional Barden University, who breaches her […]
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Apr 2 2015

Furious 7 – Mike’s Review

It would seem impossible that 2001’s disposable street racing flick “The Fast and the Furious” would have spawned a box office juggernaut franchise such as this, the most recent installment costing somewhere in the neighborhood of $250 million, and finding its characters now in a dimension where being a gear head somehow qualifies you to […]
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Dec 24 2014

Unbroken

It would be an understatement to call the life of Louis Zamperini, as assiduously chronicled in Laura Hillenbrand’s absorbing best-seller “Unbroken”, difficult to comprehend. Emerging from a rough childhood to break all sorts of high school track records, a young Zamperini made his way to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where he’d place only eighth but […]
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Jul 25 2014

Lucy

Luc Besson has already written/produced two mediocre action films this year  — “Brick Mansions” and “3 Days to Kill” —  but it’s his directorial effort “Lucy” that is the most surprisingly terrible of the lot. Scarlett Johansson plays the title character, a vaguely intemperate American living in Taiwan who, against her will, ends up being […]
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Jul 18 2014

The Purge: Anarchy

Mark your calendars, folks: Only 364 days until the next annual Purge. Or so it promises at the end of this sequel to last year’s Ethan Hawke-starring home invasion movie “The Purge”, which at the very least was a serviceable thriller with a couple of decent twists and turns. No such thought was afforded “The […]
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