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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:24

'Ben-Hur' a Biblical bore

Dull, disinterested remake fails to resonate

While there have been a number of successful offerings, the reality is that the summer of 2016 has been marked by a preponderance of underperforming films particularly those that fall into the category of sequel and/or remake/reboot.

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Friday, 19 August 2016 15:56

Bro-ing to war - 'War Dogs'

Film elevated by strong central performances

One of the most overused phrases in the world of movie marketing is 'Based on a true story.' Essentially, it gives filmmakers carte blanche to use as much or as little of a story's truth in the course of making their movie.

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Sunday, 14 August 2016 16:46

Streep's perfectly imperfect pitch

'Florence Foster Jenkins' a tale of indefatigable passion

Just what is it with Meryl Streep and singing these days?

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Friday, 12 August 2016 14:21

The soaring soul of 'Pete's Dragon'

Disney remake retains spirit of beloved original

We all have movies from our childhoods that hold a particularly special place in our hearts; movies that we might not have seen for years, yet still carry fond memories of to this day.

The 1977 Disney film 'Pete's Dragon' was one of those movies for me.

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Friday, 12 August 2016 10:24

Wieners gone wild - 'Sausage Party'

R-rated animated comedy effectively offensive

I have no idea how 'Sausage Party' came to be released.

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Sunday, 07 August 2016 17:54

'Nine Lives' a cat-astrophe

Family 'comedy' unfunny, insulting to kids and adults

One of the delightful side effects of the summer blockbuster season is the fact that every once in a while, a film comes along that is such an obvious misfire that you almost want to see it simply to find out if it could possibly be as terrible as it appears to be.

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Friday, 05 August 2016 09:47

'Suicide Squad' goals

Latest DC effort can't quite pull it together

There's no disputing that when it comes to making the leap from comic book pages to the big screen, Marvel has got it all over DC right now. For any number of reasons, Marvel and its Avengers have basically worked out a way to delight fans and critics alike.

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 12:35

Bourne again - 'Jason Bourne'

Damon returns for fourth Jason Bourne film

The sheer number of films that come out each year can prove to be a bit overwhelming. There are so many, in fact, that it is inevitable that there will be occasional gaps in coverage simply put, it's really hard to see everything.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:13

Above and 'Beyond'

Third 'Star Trek' film a solid franchise offering

The reinvention of a beloved pop culture property is never going to be easy. Finding the proper balance between loyalty to preexisting fans and finding ways to welcome new ones has proven to be the downfall of numerous films in recent years.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:11

Jumping at shadows - 'Lights Out'

Smart horror film offers story and scares in equal measure

Perhaps no film genre is quite as hit or miss as horror movies. The nature of horror is such that it allows for a wide range of levels of execution. That is, you can drop a big budget on a horror movie, but you can also make one for a relative pittance. However, the resulting quality is wildly variant; in short, there are a lot of mediocre and flat-out bad horror flicks made every year.

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