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  • Not bolder, just older – ‘The Expendables 3’
    Not bolder, just older – ‘The Expendables 3’

    Action sequel offers enormous cast, little else

    Say what you will about Sylvester Stallone, but that guy can commit to an idea. No matter how hokey or nonsensical or just plain bad it might be, he is the epitome of the notion that if something works once, it will work forever and ever and ever. That’s how you get six Rocky movies and four Rambo movies.

  • ‘The Giver’ not well-received
    ‘The Giver’ not well-received

    YA novel adaptation fails to measure up

    There has been an ongoing trend of turning popular “young adult” fiction into highly profitable cinematic endeavors over the past few years. Yes, Harry Potter was the first to unleash the magic, but more recently, we’ve seen YA series such as “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” storm their way into the box office consciousness.

  • Cinematic comfort food – ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’
    Cinematic comfort food – ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

    Film is a predictable, but ultimately pleasant experience

    As the summer movie season begins to wind down, a look back over the last few months reveals a fairly typical slate of offerings. It’s blockbuster season – home of action spectaculars, superheroic adventures and the odd broad comedy. And that’s mostly what we got.

  • A shell of their former selves
    A shell of their former selves

    ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ a bland, boring reboot

    Nostalgia is a double-edged sword. Yes, it can be nice to have the opportunity to revisit things from our younger days that brought us joy. Strolls down memory lane are often worthwhile experiences.

  • Soul Brother No. 1 – ‘Get On Up’
    Soul Brother No. 1 – ‘Get On Up’

    James Brown biopic features transcendent performance

    Biopics can be a tricky thing. Bringing someone’s real life to the silver screen is a process that requires a good deal of delicacy. Frankly, anyone famous enough to warrant a film biography probably has at least a few skeletons in their closet. No one’s looking for a whitewash - squeaky clean is pretty boring – but too many of those less-than-exemplary moments and your subject becomes unsympathetic. Most biopics choose to err on the side of their subject’s upstanding citizenship; this usually results in a more palatable – though arguably less interesting - movie. 

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