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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

I’m sorry, but if you don’t think that King Kong fighting a giant octopus is exciting, then you don’t have a pulse. Kong: Skull Island is the best time I’ve had at an action movie in quite a long time.  Here is a movie that I didn’t approach with a lot of anticipation — monster […]

| March 11, 2017
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Rogue One (2016)

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Rogue One (2016)

It is understandable to approach Rogue One – the Star Wars saga’s first stand-alone adventure – with a touch of trepidation.  Massive experiments in narrative time-bending have never been this series’ strong point.  I must admit that, up until I saw the movie, I had been predicting that it would be a stem-to-stern appetizer, a movie […]

| December 16, 2016
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Doctor Strange (2016)

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Doctor Strange (2016)

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the rare actors who can pull off smug, self-serious arrogance without pushing you away. It is a fine line that he walks. You know he’s the smartest guy in the room, the guy who stands back while others yammer on with petty concerns until he grows tired of their misconceptions […]

| November 3, 2016
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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

As a critic, this is where I am suppose to tell you that Independence Day: Resurgence is just another needless sequel propped up for the summer box office.  Most critics have already jumped on that overcrowded train, but I’ll just stay here at the station and report that it would be impossible for this to […]

| June 25, 2016
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Warcraft (2016)

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Warcraft (2016)

Some years ago, maybe around 2010, I recall standing in my den looking over my wife’s shoulder while she was playing a game on the computer.  I asked what she was playing; “World of Warcraft,” she said. On the screen was a character dressed in white seated on the back of an ostrich with a […]

| June 10, 2016
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2013)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2013)

Do you remember that scene in Crocodile Dundee where Mick sees a TV in his hotel room and tells his companion that he’s only seen television once?  He then turns on the set and sees “I Love Lucy” and says “Yup, that’s what I saw.”  That’s kind how I feel about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: […]

| June 3, 2016
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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

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X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

I don’t know what I really expected from a guy named Apocalypse, but I can tell you that my imagination built up a much more imposing character than what his movie was able to deliver.  I mean, he’s alright as villains go. In his early scenes, he’s got the presence and the demeanor and the […]

| May 28, 2016
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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Times being what they are, it was impossible for me to sit through Captain America: Civil War without comparing it to that other comic book conflict movie that bowed six weeks ago.  Where that movie was a clunky, misguided, unhappy mess, the latest Captain America movie has its head on straight, it tells a good […]

| May 13, 2016
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