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  • Who you gonna call? – ‘Ghostbusters’
    Who you gonna call? – ‘Ghostbusters’

    Talented cast brings reboot of beloved comedy classic to life

    Few movies have suffered the sort of instant backlash/resentment that was inspired by the remake/reboot of “Ghostbusters.” Armed with little more than an overly reverent nostalgia and an (admittedly not-great) first trailer – not to mention plenty of good old fashioned misogyny – hordes of nitwits and trolls took to the internet to bemoan the lack of quality in a film that none of them had even seen yet.

  • ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ is doggone good
    ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ is doggone good

    Animated family film has plenty of humor, heart

    Sometimes, a movie comes along that you just know you’re going to like. Maybe it’s the filmmaker or the subject matter. Maybe it’s just the trailer. Whatever the reason, you are absolutely certain that you are going to enjoy the film.

  • Bro-ing to the chapel – ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’
    Bro-ing to the chapel – ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’

    The past few years have seen the rise of a subgenre of comedic film, movies marked by the foul-mouthed, ludicrous and largely consequence-free antics of idiotic man-boys, overgrown children whose ability to function in any semblance of the real world strains the bounds of suspension of disbelief. They feature long, improv-driven riffs and plenty of raunchy moments.

  • Me Tarzan, you lame – ‘The Legend of Tarzan’
    Me Tarzan, you lame – ‘The Legend of Tarzan’

    Blockbuster treatment of beloved character a flat, generic bore

    Few fictional characters are as ingrained in the collective consciousness quite like Tarzan. From his first appearance in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Tarzan of the Apes” back in 1912, the story of a man born and raised in the African jungle – a man who learned to live among the animals by becoming one with the animals – has resonated.

  • Big and friendly indeed – ‘The BFG’
    Big and friendly indeed – ‘The BFG’

    Family film offers stunning visuals, sweet sentiment

    We all have cultural touchstones that we love – particularly those from our youth. Our fond memories of these works, be they books, films, television shows or what have you, are ingrained in us. So it’s no surprise that the Hollywood machine would look to these past properties in an effort to cash in on their reinvigoration – though the results can sometimes disappoint.

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