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Chris Klimek

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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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It's Like It Never Happened: A 'Terminator' Dossier

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

In 1984, a $6.4 million sci-fi chase flick by a skinny 29-year-old whose prior feature directing credit was a T&A horror flick called Piranha II: The Spawning became a surprise hit, launching the career of future King of the World and depths-plumbing oceanographer James Cameron. He'd sold his screenplay ...

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'Jurassic World' Tries To Build A Bigger Dinosaur And A Bigger Movie

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Making the original Jurassic Park in the early '90s, Steven Spielberg told the visual effects superband he'd assembled — Stan Winston for full-scale puppet dinosaurs; Phil Tippett for miniatures; Dennis Muren and Michael Lantieri for the photorealistic computer animation — that their film would depict even its most predatory dinos ...

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Rocks Versus The Rock In 'San Andreas'

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In the Universal Pictures release Earthquake, one of the biggest hits (no pun intended) of 1974, The Big One takes a big bite out of Los Angeles — God's vengeance, the film implies, for Charlton Heston cheating on Ava Gardner with Genevieve Bujold. You could expect Moses to be held ...

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A Visceral, Inventive Blockbuster Roars To Life In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Thursday, May 14, 2015

What's the half-life of a post-apocalyptic action film franchise? Potential ticket-buyers born the day the most recent Mad Max movie was released — summer 1985, one weekend after Back to the Future -- could be on their second marriages by now. The original Mad Max, from 1979, cost less than ...

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'Chappie,' A Fighting Robot In A Film That's A Disappointing Copy

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Didn't we just do this? Paul Verhoeven's 1987 futuristic satire RoboCop got a watery remake only a year ago. But if you took Chappie – the third trigger-happy dystopian sci-fi from Neill Blomkamp, the South African cowriter & director of District 9 – and slapped the title RoboCop on it, ...

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'Interstellar': Stunning And Bold, With Lots Of Corn

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Time is a circle, just like Matthew McConaughey said in True Detective. But it isn't flat. It's spherical.

Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's saline-and-starlight-streaked space-time epic, is so beautiful and ambitious and enveloping that to tick down its imperfections — drippy homilies about how love, especially the paternal kind, can transcend dimensions; ...

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The Brutalities Of War Bring Surprising Angles To 'Fury'

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fury, David Ayer's brutal, reflective, wholly absorbing World War II movie, is about tank-to-tank combat and the way war degrades everyone it touches, but for about a minute it looks like a Western. A rider on a white horse crosses a misty field in no great hurry, gradually filling the ...

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'I Am Ali' Doesn't Open Many New Doors, But It Offers Fresh Voices

Thursday, October 09, 2014

No athlete has ever been more delightful to listen to than Muhammad Ali, the big-headed, big-hearted, irreducibly quotable heavyweight boxer who elevated trash talk to an art form and who was all of 21 when Columbia Records released his spoken-word album, I Am the Greatest. He defied sports-publicity custom by ...

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