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Captain America: The First Avenger

Well, the summer will soon be nearing its end, although the temperatures outside don’t seem to agree. With the changing of the seasons also comes the inevitable conclusion to the summer of superheroes (that’s what I dubbed it a few weeks back). And now, with the release of “Captain America: The First Avenger” this year’s […]

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

In 2007, executive producer Steven Spielberg and director Michael Bay delivered to audiences walking, talking, robots in disguise with “Transformers”. The summer blockbuster took the box office by storm and raised the bar for visual effects extravaganzas at the movies. Two years later, Spielberg and Bay did it again with the outstanding follow-up (although many […]

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Green Lantern

Finally, after years of sitting on the bench as Marvel Studios churned out adaptation after adaptation for their iconic comic book characters, DC Comics is making an effort to step up to the plate. Sure, DC has had massive success with Batman and to a lesser extent Superman, but their other popular characters have been […]

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X-Men: First Class

Eleven years ago 20th Century Fox and director Bryan Singer introduced the world at large to the idea of mutants living among us with the box office smash “X-Men”. Following that success a couple of years later with “X2: X-Men United”, which was an even bigger blockbuster and an even better movie. However, when Bryan […]

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Thor

The summer of 2011 could easily be known as “The Summer of Heroes” (especially superheroes) with the likes of “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “X-Men: First Class” gracing the silver screen. But before any of those heroes made their triumphant arrival in theaters, the summer was kicked off to the thunderous release of the […]

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Underworld

Six years before “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” fully revealed the origins of a war between vampires and lycans, we were flung head-long into the fray with 2003’s surprise hit “Underworld”. “Underworld” follows Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a vampire who is a member of an elite group of lycan hunters known as “Death Dealers”. As the […]

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Six years after the first “Underworld” introduced us to the centuries-old war between vampires and lycans, and three years after “Underworld: Evolution” took that war to the next level; we are finally shown what precipitated the conflict with “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”. “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” chronicles the rise to power of Lucian […]

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Faster

Finally after seemingly being stuck in kid movies working for “The House of Mouse”, Dwayne Johnson returns to his action roots with “Faster”. “Faster” is the story of a man known as Driver (Dwayne Johnson), who upon being released from prison after serving ten years for a bank robbery instantly embarks upon a killing spree. […]

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Salt

As I’ve said several times before, the sub-genre of spy films (or espionage/spy thrillers as they’re sometimes referred) has long been a popular well for Hollywood to draw from for inspiration and box office success. Typically these films have centered on a tough-as-nails male action hero type, many times with a strong desire for women […]

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The Town

Years ago a young actor named Ben Affleck soared to super stardom with the critically acclaimed film “Good Will Hunting”. To follow that up Ben starred in a series of very successful (although not always critically appreciated) blockbusters such as “Armageddon”, “Pearl Harbor”, and “Daredevil”. But after suffering a string of box office disappointments (everyone […]

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

It has been over 20 years since director Oliver Stone’s original hit “Wall Street” garnered actor Michael Douglas an Academy Award win and made the phrase “Greed is good” a pop culture staple. In late 2010, Oliver Stone reunited with Michael Douglas to give fans of the original film what they’ve been waiting to see […]

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Saw: The Final Chapter

After six previous installments, the once indomitable “Saw” franchise has finally been laid low by the law of diminishing returns. What an ignominious, albeit fitting end to a once strong horror series that simply overstayed its welcome with audiences. “Saw: The Final Chapter” finds Hoffman (Costas Mandylor), having survived his death trap at the hands […]

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Takers

Every time a particular genre or subject matter finds success with moviegoers, another movie of similar type must come along to cash in; no matter how inferior its offering may be in comparison. In 2010, Ben Affleck’s second directorial effort, “The Town”, was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful heist film that has been receiving […]

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Resident Evil: Afterlife

Eight years after the first entry into the Resident Evil film franchise, the series is still a gamer favorite as it goes into its fourth chapter, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”. For horror franchises, once you pass the second or third installment, most of them begin to falter in some capacity, so how long before this critic-proof, […]

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The Last Airbender

Does anyone remember when the name M. Night Shyamalan generated interest for a movie rather than ridicule? It seems so long ago now, when the writer/director was being heralded as “The Next Spielberg” due to his successes with “The Sixth Sense”, “Unbreakable” and “Signs”. However, after those three initial films Shyamalan apparently misplaced his talent […]

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The Expendables

What do you get when you join together some of the biggest action stars from the last three decades into one single movie? Well, in this particular instance, you get a testosterone-fueled, orgy of mayhem and destruction that is unrelentingly violent and undeniably exciting from start to finish. You get “The Expendables”. “The Expendables” follows […]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

Over the past several years, director/producer Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, has attempted to breathe new life into old, stale horror franchises. After tackling Leatherface (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”), the horrors in Amityville (“The Amityville Horror”), and Jason Voorhees (“Friday the 13th”); it was only a matter of time before Freddy Krueger was given […]

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Harry Brown

When surrounded by evil and despair, sometimes the only way to set things right is to unleash the darkness within one’s self. This is essentially the theme for the recently released, gritty revenge thriller “Harry Brown” starring screen legend Michael Caine. “Harry Brown” is the story of a former Marine and widower (Michael Caine) who […]

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