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  • A not-so-bright future – ‘Tomorrowland’
    A not-so-bright future – ‘Tomorrowland’

    Film fails to resonate despite copious talent, upbeat tone

    The current pop culture landscape is littered with dystopias and post-apocalyptic scenarios. They have become a huge part of our entertainment, from movies to TV shows to video games to books. The end of the world as we know it has never felt finer.

  • ‘Poltergeist’ should have stayed dead
    ‘Poltergeist’ should have stayed dead

    Remake of horror classic fails to capture spirit of original

    Those of us who bemoan Hollywood’s seeming lack of interest in original ideas have plenty of culprits at whom to point – those who invest nine-figure sums in developing ongoing franchises built on preexisting source material or sequels whose overpriced lunacy increases exponentially with each new iteration, for instance.

  • The madness of King George – ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’
    The madness of King George – ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

    Miller’s revival of Mad Max a masterpiece of exquisite action insanity

    Too often in the cinematic realm, we allow advertising and hype to raise our expectations to unreachable heights. We get caught up in that wonderful sense of hope that accompanies films that we very much want to see. We convince ourselves of the inherent brilliance of these movies only to be inevitably let down when the time to see them finally arrives.

  • ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ slightly off-key
    ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ slightly off-key

    Sequel not quite as sharp as the original

    As someone who spends a lot of time at the movies, my capacity to be surprised by a film has been significantly diminished over time. That isn’t to say that there aren’t surprises within movies, but it’s rare for me to like or dislike (in general terms) a movie much more than I expect to when I take my seat.

  • A lukewarm ‘Hot Pursuit’
    A lukewarm ‘Hot Pursuit’

    Talented leads can’t overcome lackluster story

    One of the downsides of a massively anticipated release such as the latest Avengers movie is that it makes rival studios reticent to send their own films out there to get destroyed at the box office. Basically, this means that we shouldn’t expect too much from any film that goes into wide release the weekend following such a huge cinematic event.

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