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  • Run a mile in their shoes
    Run a mile in their shoes

    ‘McFarland, USA’ a sweet, serviceable sports movie

    I’ve made no secret over the years that I am a sucker for inspirational sports movies. Give me underdogs overcoming insurmountable odds to achieve victory – victory not just over the competition, but over their own personal obstacles. Pile on the clichés; there is no genre of which I am more forgiving.

  • ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ barely lukewarm
    ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’ barely lukewarm

    Comedy sequel offers plenty of jokes, few actual laughs

    The current Hollywood climate is such that the slightest modicum of success likely ensures another go-round. No matter how bad a movie might be, if enough people go to see it, a sequel will be made. Unfortunately, this is true even if making a sequel doesn’t really make any sense. No one argues that sometimes, sequels are necessary. It’s the unnecessary ones that are almost always terrible and generally give the whole process a bad name.

  • Spanks for nothing
    Spanks for nothing

    “Fifty Shades of Grey” surprisingly bland

    As a rule, when I see a movie, I strive to remain relatively objective going in. Obviously, I have an idea of my own personal tastes, but I do my best to remain open-minded.

  • Beyond Bond
    Beyond Bond

    ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ stylish and subversive

    Who doesn’t love a good spy movie?

  • ‘Sponge Out of Water’ makes a splash
    ‘Sponge Out of Water’ makes a splash

    New ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ movie surprisingly fun

    I have never made any secret of my affinity for movies aimed at kids. While I might try to argue that the level of sophistication for these films has increased significantly in recent years, the truth is that I’m ultimately just a kid at heart. 

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