Tag: 2-and-a-half

Maggie (2015)

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Maggie (2015)

It is possible that Maggie may be the best misfire of the year. It’s a thriller that doesn’t ultimately work, but you almost feel the need to applaud the effort. Odd to say, but that’s kind of refreshing. In a year that is offering us a vast minefield of movies in which no one even […]

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Get Hard (2015)

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Get Hard (2015)

Get Hard is a movie that puts me in a strange position.  It’s nothing special, and in some spots actually kind of terrible.  Yet, at times it’s kind of genial and fun which is odd given its raunchy subject matter.  At a moment in movie history that is giving me comedy voids like Unfinished Business […]

| March 26, 2015
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Run All Night (2015)

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Run All Night (2015)

Setting aside, for a moment, all the jokes at Liam Neeson’s expense with regards to his being the worst movie dad since Terry O’Quinn in The Stepfather; there is an effort in Run All Night to force his character to pay his dues.  Yes, he’s a bad father and that’s only equal to the degree […]

| March 12, 2015
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Foxcatcher (2014)

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Foxcatcher (2014)

If there is a singular chilling image that the movies produced in 2014 it belongs to Steve Carrell. As billionaire John du Pont (of the famous du Ponts) he stands in the front room of his family’s 800-acre estate on an overcast day and stares blankly out the window. The cogs in John’s brain are […]

| January 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Interstellar (2014)

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Interstellar (2014)

If we learned anything last year from Gravity it is that when dealing with movies based on science fact, less is more.  Christopher Nolan might have taken some of that to heart with his new space adventure Interstellar.  Here is a movie with infinite science and infinite filmmaking skill, but it weighs so heavily on […]

| November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

You’ve probably already made up your mind about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles before you’ve even seen it. Whether you’re pulled in by nostalgia, or turned away by the producing credit of the maître de poubelle Michael Bay, there’s very likely nothing that can sway you one way or another from engaging or resisting this […]

| August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Lucy (2014)

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Lucy (2014)

Remember the tiny corner of Marvel’s The Avengers that Scarlett Johansson occupied? Well, in Lucy, she IS The Avengers. She has not only the powers of Thor, Hulk, Loki and Captain America, but also the powers of The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Superman, Galactus and the T-1000. It’s a potent mixture wrapped up in a […]

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Godzilla (2014)

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Godzilla (2014)

The most tickling moment in Godzilla comes when we first see the creature.  He’s revealed slowly; first a shot of his foot, then his hip, then his hands, and then his world-famous dino-mug.  What’s tickling is that he almost seems to be smiling – or possibly sneering.  The fact that, at that moment, he is […]

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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