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The Signal (2014)

You have no idea how much I hoped that The Signal would work. From its mysterious trailer to its first … two acts, really, this is a film that seemed like it would be one of those sci-fi thrillers that anyone who saw it would be unable to stop talking about it. But it eventually […]

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The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

So a girl, Hazel (Shailene Woodley), has had cancer for a while now. Thanks to an experimental drug, she’s managed to survive much longer than doctors initially gave her, although she has to constantly wear breathing tubes and can’t do anything even remotely strenuous. Walking up and down stairs requires taking a break. She’s aware […]

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Behaving Badly (2014)

Question: How did a movie like Behaving Badly get a cast like the one that it did? This is a low-budget teen comedy that features the likes of Mary-Louise Parker, Elisabeth Shue, Heather Graham, Cary Elwes, Jason Lee, Selena Gomez, and Dylan McDermott. Those aren’t no-name actors. And it’s not like they just have cameos, […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

I made a prediction before Guardians of the Galaxy was released. I thought that it would be the best of the Marvel movies, but would also make the least amount of money. Its heroes are, after all, largely unknown quantities. While someone like Iron Man is a household name — or at least, was closer […]

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Hick (2012)

I don’t get it. I don’t understand the point of Hick. I don’t know if it has one that’s hidden so deeply that without inside knowledge — perhaps of the novel on which it is based — we’ll never discover it, or if it’s missing altogether, but I didn’t get anything out of it. The […]

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Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery (2014)

According to the internet, there have been 21 direct-to-video Scooby-Doo films. No, really. I’ve seen maybe two of them before sitting down with Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery. Yes, the only reason I watched this one is because of its subject matter. In case you don’t know, I’m a pretty big WWE fan. I felt compelled to […]

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Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

Does Airplane II: The Sequel need to exist? No. Should it exist? Probably not. Is it still kind of funny, especially once we hit the midway point and it finds its grove? Yeah, I suppose it is. No, it’s not going to match or surpass the original, but it’s hard to deny that there are […]

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The Ladykillers (2004)

Based on a British film from the 1950s, The Ladykillers is a comedic heist movie centered on a group of people who desire to rob a casino. That sounds unique and original, doesn’t it? Well, The Ladykillers manages to keep its relatively simplistic idea fresh by switching up more than a couple of the expected […]

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

I had to look back on what I thought about Rise of the Planet of the Apes to remember why I didn’t particularly like it. I suppose that speaks volumes already, doesn’t it? I couldn’t remember much of what happened in it, save for James Franco managing to create an extremely intelligent ape named Caesar […]

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Lucy (2014)

The amount you’ll be able to enjoy Lucy will likely depend largely on whether or not you’re able to completely ignore that the “humans use only 10% of their brain” conceit is a complete myth. That’s not how it works. There are many reasons why this is not how it works. Google it, if you […]

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The Tenants (2005)

An exploration of the arts and racial tension in 1970s America, The Tenants is an intriguing film that’s not entertaining in the least but for some people might be worth watching due to its central premise and the fact that Snoop Dogg is in a semi-serious role. Whether that’s genius or terrible casting is still […]

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Wish I Was Here (2014)

I find it really hard to get worked up about Wish I Was Here. Perhaps it’s because I’m not reflecting on life as a 30-something-year-old, like director, writer, star, producer, Zach Braff, or maybe it’s because, despite the best of intentions, the film never reaches the philosophical depths that it seems to want to. It […]

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

In case you happen to have forgotten, The Purge was a movie with a fantastic premise that completely squandered it on a mediocre home invasion movie. That premise involved an eight-hour period, once every year, during which all crime — including murder, they emphasize — is legal. Allowing citizens to “purge” has reduced unemployment, crime […]

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Spy Game (2001)

After a botched spy mission in China in which Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt), who may or may not be a rogue agent, attempted to rescue someone from a prison, the CIA decide to hold a meeting to figure out if and/or how they’re going to rescue him, given that he’s going to be tortured and […]

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Con Air (1997)

There are few movies sillier than Con Air, but also few movies that are as enjoyable. I sat through the almost two hours of ridiculousness and awesomeness that this movie had to share with me, and by the end I’m not really sure if I gained anything from it, but I sure had a fun […]

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Airplane! (1980)

Airplane! is a really funny movie. It’s a spoof of disaster movies — in particular Zero Hour! and the Airport series — and consists primarily of slapstick comedy that is often no-sold by the actors around the central object of comedy. Everyone is deadpan and serious despite the absurdity going around them. That’s where it […]

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Dark Shadows (2012)

Based on a soap opera that had something like a thousand episodes during the course of its run, Dark Shadows is another movie in which Johnny Depp acts like a Johnny Depp character. Oh, and it has other people acting strange, too, simply for the sake of it. It’s about a 200-year-old vampire being set […]

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Begin Again (2014)

It’s difficult to have particularly strong feelings about Begin Again. It’s a simple and easy film that doesn’t push any boundaries or cause a lot of drama, but while it’s playing, it’s pleasant enough that you probably won’t notice. It’s inoffensive, feel-good, and it has some catchy songs. Right. I should mention that Begin Again […]

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