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I’ll admit to having been a little skeptical when I first heard about the continuation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter-centric fictional universe. That story felt like it had been thoroughly told – did we really need to find new angles to explore?

And so I was surprised to find “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” such a charming, engaging film. Yes, it was a little overproduced and a little convoluted and less focused than it ought to have been, but it was still fun, which is all that really matters with movies like this.

But after seeing the second installment, I fear my initial instinct may ultimately be proven right after all.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:23

Dead franchises tell bad tales

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

Published in Movies
Friday, 27 May 2016 21:13

Alice shouldn't live here anymore

'Alice Through the Looking Glass' a dull, dispirited mess

Sometimes, a sequel happens whether or not anyone really wants it to. A movie's success can be such that returning to the well simply cannot be avoided no matter how bad an idea that might prove to be.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:53

The t' is for terrible' Mortdecai'

Johnny Depp vehicle utterly, painfully unfunny

In recent years, Johnny Depp has developed an odd relationship with the moviegoing public. He has increasingly gone in for roles where he was able to cloak himself in some sort of affectation, be it the way he dresses or the way he talks or the way he wears his hair (facial and otherwise). Many times, he combines more than one of those put-upon qualities.

Published in Movies
Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:01

The Lone Ranger' a woeful misfire

Big-budget adaptation a cynical mess

The summer season is a time of cinematic spectacle. Nine-figure budgets and global stars are brought together in an attempt to build and/or maintain billion-dollar franchises. Sometimes, these plans go as intended and you get a real blockbuster. Other times, a variety of factors go awry cost overruns, reshoots, misreading of audiences and you get films that fall flat. These are movies that, while not necessarily utter disasters, nevertheless fail to deliver on expectations.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:09

The Hunger Games' tops MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES - The fan votes - not just the odds - were in 'The Hunger Games' favor at the MTV Movie Awards.

The dystopian survival saga escaped from Sunday's 21st annual extravaganza with the most golden popcorn-shaped trophies, including best fight for the film's final three-way battle and best on-screen transformation for Elizabeth Banks' over-the-top futuristic makeover. 'Hunger Games' stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were also honored for best female and male performances.

'I've wanted to hold a golden popcorn since I was 4 years old,' beamed Hutcherson.

With four wins out of eight nominations, 'Hunger Games' didn't totally decimate the competition. 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' won prizes for best cast and best hero, while 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1' won for movie of the year, and 'Twilight' stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson locked the best kiss trophy for the fourth straight year.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:40

Dark Shadows' an uninspiring effort

Latest Burton/Depp team-up falls short

It's always sad when a long-standing cinematic collaboration begins to run out of steam. It happens to the best of them, whether it springs from creative differences, personal issues or just overstaying their welcomes.

I hate to say it, but I think the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp pairing may have reached its sell-by date. The duo's latest collaboration is 'Dark Shadows,' based on the gothic soap opera that originally aired in the late 1960s.

Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work.

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