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Lullaby (2014)

There are heartbreaking movies and then there are manipulative movies that break hearts by constantly hitting them with sledgehammers. Lullaby feels more like the latter, unfortunately. This is a movie where the smallest of moments work the best, while the big, tear-soaked ones feel fake. And you can’t have that type of feeling in a […]

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This Is the End (2013)

If you happen to like the comedic offerings of most of the actors involved in This is the End, you’re going to enjoy this movie. The actors involved are Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. The film’s premise is that all of these people — playing themselves — […]

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All Cheerleaders Die (2014)

In 2001, fresh college graduates Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson decided to make a film called All Cheerleaders Die. I don’t know if many people saw it; I know I certainly haven’t. Now, 13 years later, the directorial team has remade their own film, which some people might automatically dismiss as egotistical, but I think […]

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Joy Ride 3 (2014)

The Joy Ride series has always been one about morality. It exists to teach lessons — lessons we should already know, but regardless… — to both its characters and its audience. The first film was about telling us how bad pranking others is, while the second was about theft. You’d think that we’d keep moving […]

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Albatross (2011)

Emelia Conan Doyle (Jessica Brown Findlay), an aspiring author because of her assumed relationship to the Sherlock Holmes novelist — and something she continually tells people — is a bit of a loose spirit. She drifts from place to place and basically does whatever she wants. Her penchant for sarcasm is unmatched. At the beginning […]

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Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)

Apparently someone at Troma Entertainment saw Superman III and thought, “Hey, that was fun; let’s do that with the Toxic Avenger.” I am kidding, somewhat, especially because that’s not at all what Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV is like. But it does have two different versions of its title character — one good, one […]

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The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables made more money than it probably should have, so The Expendables 2 was an inevitability. That film had a bunch of action stars — some of whom you might have forgotten about, like Dolph Lundgren — who were past their prime (and Jason Statham, who is still a star) and had them team […]

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22 Jump Street (2014)

The prevailing thought out there is that a sequel to a comedy will never be as good as the original. I’m pretty sure that thought exists because it’s often true. It certainly feels that way, doesn’t it? 22 Jump Street is a film that bucks that trend. As a matter of fact, I would go […]

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Dredd (2012)

Had Dredd been released before The Raid: Redemption, it probably would have felt a lot more fresh. The fact of the matter is that the similar premises, along with release dates relatively close together, makes the latter film feel less original than it should. I’m not claiming one ripped off the other, or anything similar […]

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Plush (2013)

For about the first half of Plush, it looked as if everything was going to be okay. Not for the characters, but for the movie. It came across as an exploration of how an artist needs to explore the dark side in order to bring out the best of herself. It painted a portrait of […]

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The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)

When Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, the two men who directed The Toxic Avenger 1-3, decided to make a sequel to their 1984 “classic,” they wound up shooting many more hours of footage than they needed. Some sources say four hours, other says six. The point is, that’s too long for a Toxic Avenger movie […]

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R.I.P.D. (2013)

Men in Black was released in 1997. R.I.P.D. was released in 2013. There is absolutely no reason that the latter, which is essentially a retread of the former, should look worse. I’m not saying that special effects make or break a film, but I’m also not saying that they don’t help. That’s especially true in […]

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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow would be “the first good summer blockbuster” if X-Men had come out a couple of weeks later. Finally, we have an incredibly thrilling, interesting, and funny blockbuster — one worth watching more than once, I think. Actually, you know what? Edge of Tomorrow is a better movie than the new X-Men, and […]

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Anna (2014)

Anna is a moderately entertaining mystery movie that basically falls apart as it’s trying to wrap things up. That’s a problem with a lot of mysteries. It’s tough to get everything to fall into place perfectly, and sometimes the twists and turns become too much to keep straight. In this case, a reveal later on […]

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How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

Adapted from the memoir of the same named written by Toby Young, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People is a satirical movie about celebrity journalism and “making it” in the business. It stars Simon Pegg as an aspiring journalist named Sidney Young — names have been changed for the purpose of the film — […]

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I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013)

Most of the time the answer to the question “Why does this exist?” is very simple: money. Whether it be an adaptation of something that doesn’t need to be filmed, a sequel to a poorly received but financially successful movie, or a remake of a foreign film, the answer is the same. It’s all because […]

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A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Imagine yourself a filmmaker who has several successful television shows and you’ve created a single movie that made far more money than it probably should. What do you do next? Take a break? Just keep up with the TV shows? How about putting yourself in the leading role of your next feature, even though you’re […]

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Maleficent (2014)

I don’t really know if Sleeping Beauty needed to be re-told again, but if we’re going to get one, at least the one we get is like Maleficent, which delivers a different take on the classic story. This time around, the point of view from which we watch is Maleficent’s, and that delivers a more […]

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