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  • ‘Exodus’ just won’t leave
    ‘Exodus’ just won’t leave

    Overlong Biblical epic lacks soul

    There are certain movies that never seem like a good idea. You hear initial rumblings about the film and it sounds like a bad idea. You see the trailers for the film and it looks like a bad idea. And when you finally go to see the film itself, well … it turns out that it was a bad idea.

  • Spin-off silliness – ‘Penguins of Madagascar’
    Spin-off silliness – ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

    Animated film more concerned with fun than feelings

    The current tendency for the makers of animated movies is to find ways to make them accessible to multiple generations on multiple levels – call it the Pixar model, though the folks at Disney proper have been following suit with their more recent offerings.

  • ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ never takes charge
    ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ never takes charge

    Comic sequel falls flat despite fantastic cast

    Sometimes, sequels are welcome continuations of truly engaging stories. The overarching narrative is so compelling that even when the credits roll, audiences are left wanting to see more. We want to know what happens next to these people with whom we’ve spent this time. There’s a deep desire to keep watching.

  • Hungry for more – ‘Mockingjay – Part I’
    Hungry for more – ‘Mockingjay – Part I’

    First part of ‘Hunger Games’ franchise finale overcomes obstacles

    One of the more disturbing tendencies in Hollywood these days is the two-part final movie. When these incredibly lucrative franchises approach their end, the powers that be feel this need to wring every last dollar out of the property.

  • 2 Dumb 2 Dumber
    2 Dumb 2 Dumber

    ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ a lukewarm effort

    As someone whose teenage years took place in the early part of the 1990s, I have long borne a fondness for the work of the Farrelly brothers. In many ways, Bobby and Peter Farrelly were the pioneers of gross-out comedy, laying the groundwork for the foul and funny filmmakers of today.

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