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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 09:23

Marshall's Mother's Day' misfires

Director's latest holiday-themed film flat, uninteresting

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 12:16

A matter of perspective Hardcore Henry'

First-person film interesting experiment, but nothing more

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 12:04

The Boss' fails to take charge

McCarthy's performance can't elevate sub-par script

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:39

Fastball' brings the heat

Baseball documentary seeks the fastest of the fast

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 11:34

The changing face of war Eye in the Sky'

Film offers look at the new realities of modern warfare

Published in Movies

Strong performances can't overcome sloppy, misfiring narrative

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:40

It's all Greek to me

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:09

Celebrating Pee-Wee's Big Holiday'

Netflix offering proves fun, surprisingly heartfelt

There have been plenty of ill-conceived sequels in recent years. Whether they're too close together or too far apart, these movies rarely manage any kind of worthwhile payoff for audiences.

However, every once in a while, a project comes along that seems borderline absurd on its surface, yet turns out to be a welcome and wonderful surprise.

Published in Movies
Thursday, 01 August 2013 10:13

Second time's the charm The Wolverine'

Character's second solo outing far outshines the first

Wolverine has been one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe for decades now, his brooding nature and willful violence coalescing into an antihero that fans have embraced. 

So it only makes sense that he would be the one character from the 'X-Men' franchise that warranted his own film. And now, with the release of 'The Wolverine,' he actually gets his second solo outing. After the misfire that was the 2009 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine,' it's nice to see the character get a shot at critical and commercial redemption.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:24

Red 2' a second-rate sequel

Film fails to capture spirit, humor of the original

It's no secret that a Hollywood studio's primary objective is to make money. Art and entertainment come in far down the list of movie-making goals it's all about those box office receipts. And one of the easiest ways to make that money is to build a franchise property; launch a film that is successful, then bring back the characters, plots, formulas and what have you to make a sequel. And another. And another. On and on until every dollar has been squeezed out of the premise.

Unfortunately, what happens more often than not is that these premises aren't necessarily designed to be sturdy franchise foundations. Sometimes, one movie is enough to tell the story. But if that movie turns out to be a success, there will be a sequel. Rarely a good sequel, but a sequel nonetheless.

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