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  • ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ fumbles
    ‘When the Game Stands Tall’ fumbles

    Inspired-by-real-life sports movie lacks for inspiration

    It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for inspirational sports movies. I’m known for it. And if you give me an inspirational sports movie inspired by a true story, then I’m even more in. And if it turns out that said inspirational sports movie is centered on a high school team, then believe it or not, I’m even MORE in.

  • Unoriginal ‘Sin’

    ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ falls short

    2005’s “Sin City” – adapted from the graphic novel series of the same name by Frank Miller and co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez – was viewed as revolutionary upon its release. Its neo-noir sensibility, brutally graphic violence and unprecedented visual style led to critical and commercial success; in some circles, it is considered the most faithful page-to-screen comic adaptation ever made.

  • 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.

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