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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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Gun Woman (2014)

A character remarks in Gun Woman that the entire story’s premise and execution sounds like it’s right out of a manga. I haven’t read many mangas in my life, but I was inclined to agree. This is one of the more ridiculous movies that you’ll see in your life, if you choose to watch it, […]

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U Turn (1997)

A man owes money to a gangster. He is on his way to deliver the payment when his car breaks down. He finds himself on the outskirts of a town just off the highway, Superior. He meets a mechanic, Darrell (Billy Bob Thorton), who agrees to fix the car but says it might take some […]

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Frances Ha (2013)

A film attempting to capture what post-college life is like for those who don’t adjust well, Frances Ha focuses on a single character, Frances (Greta Gerwig) and the situations she is forced to deal with when her life is disrupted after her best friend and roommate, Sophie (Mickey Sumner), decides to move on with her […]

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You’re Next (2013)

Home invasion films are nothing new and as a result it takes some ingenuity to make an individual effort stand out for the crowd and feel different. That’s precisely what director Adam Wingard has done with You’re Next, both a moderately scary and somewhat humorous entry into the genre. The difference between this film and […]

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Chef (2014)

Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is one of those professionals whose home life is less than stellar thanks to his dedication to his field. He’s separated from his wife, Inez (SofĂ­a Vergara), doesn’t spend a whole lot of time with his son (Emjay Anthony), and otherwise has no personal life to speak of. He’s a chef. […]

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