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  • ‘Be A Man’ steps up, knocks it out of the park
    ‘Be A Man’ steps up, knocks it out of the park

    Ray Harrington’s documentary has laughs and soul

    What does it mean to be a man in today’s society? That is the question Ray Harrington attempts to address in his documentary “Be a Man.” With the help of his friend and fellow comedian Derek Furtado and crew, Harrington categorizes the key areas that are considered manly: fighting, drinking, cars and grooming or appearance.

  • Bear-ly legal – ‘Ted 2’
    Bear-ly legal – ‘Ted 2’

    Sequel lacks the heart of the original

    Living in the age of Hollywood recycling, we should never be surprised to see a sequel. And when the first film is successful to an unanticipated degree, prepare yourself for a title with a number after it.

  • Every dog has his day – ‘Max’
    Every dog has his day – ‘Max’

    Family-friendly effort mostly falls flat

    One could definitely argue that on the summer box office slate, there’s no room among the animated blockbusters, over-the-top comedies and CGI action movies for smaller, more niche-oriented movies. Happily, that doesn’t stop people from occasionally trying. And that variation in fare can be a welcome respite from the high-volume popcorn sensibility of the season.

  • ‘Inside Out’ is an emotional roller coaster
    ‘Inside Out’ is an emotional roller coaster

    Let’s just start by saying that Pixar’s latest movie “Inside Out” is amazing. Of course it is. But it’s also slightly different than past Pixar offerings – and you should probably bring a pack of tissues. Though, this is coming from the office mom, with a degree in crying at movies.

    This follows the life of Riley and her inner emotions, Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear. The first emotion on the scene is Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler, TV’s “Parks and Rec”) followed almost immediately by Sadness (Phyllis Smith, TV’s “The Office”). They are joined by Anger (Lewis Black, “The Daily Show”), Disgust (Mindy Kaling, TV’s “The Office”) and Fear (Bill Hader, “Accidental Love”). All is going well as Riley is growing up, and most of the memories she’s formed are ones of Joy – they form the core of her personality, surrounded by loving family, friends.

  • ‘Jurassic World’ has some teeth
    ‘Jurassic World’ has some teeth

    Sequel offers plenty of danger, dinosaurs

    Even in a world where we have grown accustomed to a nigh-constant deluge of sequels and prequels and reboots and what have you, there’s a real danger in revisiting a beloved property. While cashing in on nostalgia has become par for the course in Hollywood, there’s always a possibility of blowback – blowback that might not sink your cinematic ship, but could still make some waves in the box office waters.

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