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Bigger Budgets Boost 'Star Trek: Beyond,' But Small Screens Might Work Better

Friday, July 22, 2016

Chris Klimek says the fancy effects and swooping camera work of the new Star Trek film are fun to watch, but the story's civilization-seeking imperatives might still be better served by TV.

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1984: The Year We Unwittingly Stopped Watching Movies And Started Watching Franchises

Thursday, July 14, 2016

With the arrival of Ghostbusters this weekend, every single top 10 movie of 1984 has been rebooted — or become a franchise.

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Can You Really Rebuild Tarzan Out Of Whole (Loin) Cloth?

Friday, July 01, 2016

The Legend Of Tarzan tries to reinvent the story as an indictment of colonialism, but it lacks the wit or liveliness of the Tarantino revisionist histories it seems to be trying to emulate.

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Shark, Weak: 'The Shallows' Strands Blake Lively At Sea

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A shark traps a medical student just 90 seconds from shore in this mediocre, water-logged thriller.

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'Central Intelligence' Places Kevin Hart Between The Rock And A Hard Place

Thursday, June 16, 2016

At their high-school reunion, Dwayne Johnson's buffoonish super-spy draws his old hero, staid accountant Kevin Hart, into helping him thwart a possible terrorist plot.

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'De Palma': An Underrated Director Opens Up About His Work, And His Obsessions

Thursday, June 09, 2016

In a new documentary Brian De Palma, director of both blockbusters (The Untouchables) and kinkily voyeuristic films (Dressed to Kill) looks back on a career of cinematic carnage with great candor.

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'X-Men' Issues: Hiding Oscar Isaac Is Only The Beginning

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The latest period installment of the mutant franchise gets the gang back together, but the time machine seems to be running out of juice.

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'Captain America: Civil War' Is The Mightiest Marvel Movie

Friday, May 06, 2016

"The Vibranium standard for superteam flicks" is reviewer Chris Klimek's take on the 13th Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.

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'Batman V Superman': Superheroes Adrift In A Grim Sea Of Studio Money

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel shows little inventiveness or spirit, and smells suspiciously like a studio's attempt to chase a rival, rather than a project allowed to develop creatively.

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Saving The President's Bacon Again In 'London Has Fallen'

Friday, March 04, 2016

A moment of silence, please, for the many fictional lives lost and nonfictional careers sullied in London Has Fallen. It's the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, the gnarlier and less funny of 2013's two (!) Die Hard rip-offs set inside the White House. Olympus was the 36th-highest-grossing film in America ...

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'Hail, Caesar!' Will Make You Miss Movies With Exclamation Points

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Hail, Caesar!, the 17th feature from indefatigable screenwriting, directing and (pseudo-nonamously) editing brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, is rated PG-13 for "suggestive content and smoking." But save for one word — sodomy — and a few less clinical terms that have long been allowed on network TV, this genial farce ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' And Toys

Friday, December 18, 2015

This week's show is about exactly what you might expect it to be about: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Screening scheduling left Stephen and me without the delights of Glen Weldon, who will provide super-spoilery thoughts in a Small Batch a little later (stay tuned), but we welcomed Gene Demby ...

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Vital And Tear-Jerking, 'Creed' Is The Best Rocky Movie Since 'Rocky'

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Remember Rocky? That cornpone boxing movie from 40 years ago starring (and written by) that oiled-up, headband-wearing buffoon who talks funny? The one that stole Best Picture away from Network, All the President's Men, Taxi Driver, and Hal Ashby's rather more obscure Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory?

Okay, on ...

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'Spectre' Pleads The Case For Bond's Relevance In The Drone Age

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A million years ago in the 1960s, the only mandate for each new James Bond film was that it be grander, stranger and more exotic than the last. But in the hands of director Sam Mendes, who made 2012's Skyfall and the new Spectre, there's a troubling new mission requirement: ...

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An Activist Examined In 'He Named Me Malala'

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Early on in Davis Guggenheim's tender celebration of women's education activist Malala Yousafzai, we see the bright-eyed Pakistani teenager working her laptop in her family's new home in Birmingham, England. Fending off accusations of bossiness and "violence" from her younger brothers, the Muslim girl who stood up to the Taliban ...

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Ridley Scott Finds An Optimistic Space In 'The Martian'

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The filmmaker who did more than any other to bum us all out about space travel now wants us to feel inspired by it again.

That's the rough arithmetic behind The Martian, the feel-good (and real good), NASA-condoned, Damon-powered survival adventure flick from director Ridley Scott. More a visual stylist ...

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A Funny And Sexy Adaptation Of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a period adventure film. It has periods of international intrigue and periods of sexy comedy. Basically, it has a lot of periods. Even in this benighted age of wantonly colon-ized movie titles, U.N.C.L.E. stands out as the most punctuated picture of the year.

Robert Vaughn ...

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A Disappointing Origin Story For The 'Fantastic Four'

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Fantastic Four No. 1 arrived as a comic book on newsstands exactly 54 years ago this Saturday, August 8th. Written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby, the comic book —priced at $0.10 — now looks hopelessly goofy. A dozen exclamation points punctuate the cover alone, which depicts a ...

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'Rogue Nation' Fulfills The Mission Of A Reliable Blockbuster Series

Friday, July 31, 2015

The most mercilessly thrilling action sequence of 2015 is still the entirety of Mad Max: Fury Road. But a credible challenger has at last arrived in the perilously punctuated Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, a super-fun sequel that spends its best 15 minutes at the Vienna State Opera.

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'Southpaw' Makes A Bruised Bruiser Out Of Jake Gyllenhaal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Don't call it a comeback: The grimy boxing melodrama Southpaw is so old-fashioned and unsophisticated it's almost new. Initiated as a remake of 1979's sap-soaked The Champ with Eminem in the lead role, it morphed into yet another opportunity for Jake Gyllenhaal to prove he's a contender. When he finally ...

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