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Dragonball Evolution (2009)

The fate of the world is at stake. It’s always at stake in these sorts of movies. In this specific film, Dragonball Evolution, it’s at stake because a green-face alien, Piccolo (James Marsters) has somehow managed to escape his 2000-year-old prison and is back to enslave all of humanity, or something like that. He tried […]

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Mud (2013)

They say that things develop more slowly in the south and that’s exactly the approach that Mud takes to tell its story. This is a slow-moving drama centered around a boy, his friend, a runaway fugitive, and love. Or, it takes this approach before suddenly kicking into high gear for its climax, which feels rushed […]

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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

It’s rare that a series is still good by its fourth installment. With rare exceptions, by this point the films are still being made with the sole intent of making money, often by few, if any, of the original filmmakers and sometimes not even starring the same actors. I suppose it’s refreshing that much of […]

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Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

After the slight misstep that was Lethal Weapon 2, I questioned whether or not the filmmakers had run out of ideas for its two lead actors. Had all the possible situations been thought of? Was all of the potential banter all used up? The first Lethal Weapon was so much fun, but its sequel wasn’t […]

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Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

If something worked once, it will work again. Such is the logic of the filmmaker, or perhaps the studio who hired the filmmaker. Lethal Weapon 2, the not-cleverly-named sequel to Lethal Weapon, is pretty much more of the same. That’s how buddy-cop sequels have to be, right? We have our duo, and now we can […]

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Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lethal Weapon is the type of action-comedy I can really get into. It has strong characters and a narrative which knows when to get involved and when to sit back. It contains inventive action scenes, a couple of good actors who have some strong chemistry, and it’s exciting from start to finish. It’s hard to […]

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Counting this film, the character of Jack Ryan has appeared on cinema screens five times. He has been played by actors as good as Harrison Ford and as bad as Ben Affleck. The character was created by Tom Clancy, who featured him in a number of novels. None of that matters, because Jack Ryan: Shadow […]

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Furious 6 (2013)

After the bombshell that was dropped at the conclusion of Fast Five — that Letty had somehow survived her supposedly fatal crash — we knew that a sixth movie was going to be released. With the release of Furious 6 — a fitting title, given that it’s not really about street racing — so it […]

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G.I. Jane (1997)

At the core of G.I. Jane is the topic of whether or not women should serve in the military. It’s at the core, sure, but it’s kind of locked away in a vault somewhere, and we’re trying to get through to it with a pickaxe. By the end of the picture, perhaps we have our […]

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W. (2008)

Chronicling his college years to those during which he was President of the United States, W. tells the story of the 43rd President, George W. Bush (Josh Brolin). If there was one recent President who has had as much controversy as the younger Bush, I can’t think of one. W. doesn’t attempt to criticize him […]

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

I’m not often a fan of voice-over narration. Many times, it is a technique used lazily in an attempt to explain things to the audience, using “tell” over “show,” which is generally a storytelling no-no. It is a film like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which uses the technique to its fullest and actually goes far […]

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Lymelife (2008)

A snapshot into the lives of two families living on Long Island in the late 1970s, Lymelife is about their dysfunction and struggle to live happily. You don’t see too many happy families in dramas like this, probably because it would be boring. You need the conflict for there to be much reason to watch. […]

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)

If you were like me, when you saw the trailer for Mr. Popper’s Penguins, you fell out of your seat laughing at how bad it looked. Jim Carrey? In a movie in which he has terrible-CGI pet penguins? Whose idea was this? I was sure I was going to be in for a terrible time. […]

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Her (2013)

The main premise of Her is one that could easily be played for laughs by people who pander to the general audience. I think The Big Bang Theory did this when one of its characters pretends to date Siri. It takes a strong talent — both behind and in front of the camera — to […]

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Lone Survivor (2013)

Based on the failed Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings in 2005, Lone Survivor is a war film telling the tale of four Navy SEALs who were tasked with killing a Taliban leader in Afghanistan. Everything should have gone right, but then it all went wrong thanks to an over-reliance on shaky communication technology and […]

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The Bourne Legacy (2012)

If there was one thing that the first three Bourne movies weren’t, it was boring. The hyper-energized, conspiracy action thrillers easily kept your attention, and in the leading role, Matt Damon was a lot of fun to watch. While the rapid cutting and shaky-cam during the action scenes was something that some didn’t like, it […]

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Butter (2012)

Jennifer Garner stars — because we’re apparently still trying that — in a satire about butter-carving competitions in Midwestern America, Butter. Exactly what the film is a satire of, and who it wants to make laugh, are questions that you might be unable to answer after you see it, because it’s a very muddled and […]

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Twisted (2004)

When people talk about terrible, generic thrillers which do nothing to excite or challenge an audience, they’re talking about films like Twisted. There isn’t a single moment in this movie that is worth seeing, and not a single scene that’s even anything beyond being competent — and there are few of those. It’s a painfully […]

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