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Movie Reviews

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Tim Burton remake is a hillarious, chaotic triumph in spook-mation genre

In 1984, Disney fired a young Tim Burton for making a short film they deemed too scary for young audiences. Now, 28 years later, the company is only too happy to let the now-established director remake the...

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Thursday, September 27th, 2012

‘Hotel Transylvania’ charms by making supernatural crew seem human

The most frightening thing about “Hotel Transylvania” is the realization that Adam Sandler produced and starred in it, and it wasn’t the least bit annoying. In fact, there’s only one real crude joke (toilet humor) and Sandler’s...

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

‘Titanic’ 3-D treatment only icing on the cake

What is it about “Titanic” that made almost every American see it in the late ’90s? It’s a question that stumps a lot of film buffs. After all, “Titanic” is more than a little corny and it...

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Thursday, April 5th, 2012

‘Mirror Mirror’ gives less reflective take on Grimm fairy tale

I’ve often had issues with male actors that women fawn over. Taylor Lautner, Channing Tatum and Ryan Reynolds are a few names I tend to cringe at when females discuss them — not due to jealousy, but...

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Blockbuster season promises plenty to be excited about

Last week, “The Hunger Games” shattered all expectations by having the third-biggest weekend in movie history with $152 million in receipts. Only “The Dark Knight” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II” have had bigger...

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Fan-pleasing ‘Hunger Games’ successfully navigates delicate subject matter

I slept overnight at a friend’s house the night before the “Hunger Games” screening. While I was waiting for my friend to wake up the next morning, I watched a cable TV “teen” network with his younger...

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Thursday, March 15th, 2012

‘John Carter’ makes for passable sci-fi escape despite weak acting

There are those who see “John Carter” as a cheap imprint of a summer blockbuster, and they are absolutely right, aside from the fact that it cost $250 million to make. The visual effects, casting and script...

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Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Best Foreign Language Film finds common ground through intense dialogue

When some see this year’s Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is from Iran, they will imagine some politically-charged thriller or bitter tale of oppression. They’d be wrong. “A Separation” is a story so universally compelling...

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012

‘Lorax’ balances preachy eco-message with superb visual feel

When the screening of “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” was over, I stood up from my seat, walked down the steps of the stadium-seated theater, and exited out into the massive shopping behemoth that is Jordon Commons Shopping...

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Oscar is back — and not a moment too soon

This much is common knowledge in the film industry: The first couple months of the year is a cinematic wasteland when it comes to top-notch films. Thus far, the highest grade I’ve awarded in this column for...

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