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Into the Woods - Movie Review

Fails on many levels to push through its muddied, over-the-top production

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - Movie Review

Only Ian McKellen comes out of the mess smelling like a rose

Wild - Movie Review

A near perfectly-crafted film

American Sniper - Movie Review

Where have you been, Mr. Eastwood? We missed you.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Blu-ray Review

You will believe an ape can rule.

As Above, So Below - Blu-ray Review

A loud, nauseating cacophony of noise and a mindless blur of vomit-inducing movement.

The Expendables 3 - Blu-ray Review

The old-school beefed up heroics are still there

22 Jump Street - Blu-ray Review

Has a lot of fun with itself and so do we

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Into the Woods - Movie Review

Into the Woods - Movie ReviewThat deafening grumble? It’s the collective groan of dismay from the legion of passionate Stephen Sondheim fans ill at ease with Hollywood getting its grubby hands on yet another of the beloved writer and composer’s most revered pieces. The playwright’s unique imagination  ...

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Lord of Illusions: Collector's Edition (1995) - Blu-ray Review

Lord of Illusions - Blu-ray ReviewFront Line Assembly sampled it.  Magician Criss Angel recreated one of its more dangerous illusions.  Only now, almost 20 years later, can the definitive version of Lord of Illusion - a film that is more of an artifact for a 1990s time capsule than a film in and of itself - be  ...

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Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series - Blu-ray Review

Doctor Who: The Eighth Series - Blu-ray ReviewAdios, Matt Smith.  Hullo, Peter Capaldi!  Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series (but, really, 34th) starts and ends with a celebrated bang involving a dinosaur in London and the return of The Master (or should that be The Mistress?).  The character of Clara Oswald  ...

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Kansas City Film Critics Circle Names Birdman Best Film of 2014

Birdman - Best Film of 2014 Kansas CityThe Kansas City Film Critics Circle has named Birdman as the Best Film of 2014 at the 48th annual Loutzenhiser Awards. The 25 members of the second oldest film critics group in the United States voted on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Directed by Alejandro ...

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Movie Review

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - Movie ReviewPeter Jackson doesn’t exactly save the best in his misguided The Hobbit trilogy for the very last. Much of the final film – in fact, too much of it – is all Jackson's epilogue with no real Tolkien story to tell, setting up the exposition for The Lord of the Rings movies. Damn you, Shakespeare. ...

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Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Name BIRDMAN Best Picture of 2014

Birdman voted best picture for 2014The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted the backstage drama BIRDMAN as the best film of 2014, according to the results of its 21st annual critics’ poll released today.. Rounding out the composite list of the top 10 films of the year were as follows ...

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Police Academy 1-7 - The Complete Collection - Blu-ray Review

Police Academy 1-7 Complete Collection - Blu-ray ReviewThe 80s were certainly the era for sequels galore and drew a road map for how Hollywood would produce movies into the future. The franchises spawned, by and large, in that era still exist today. One of the only comedic franchises that proved in its early entries to be a  ...

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Wild - Movie Review

Wild - Movie ReviewThere’s a wonderful scene in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild that, despite its unassuming throw-away appearance, defines the grace and simplicity of his filmmaking proficiency, while also beautifully illustrating the entangled complexity of one woman’s personal battle with life’s  ...

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See Tom Hardy in First MAD MAX FURY ROAD Trailer

Mad Max Fury Road - Movie TrailerSynopsis: Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from  ...

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American Sniper - Movie Review

American Sniper - Movie ReviewWhere have you been, Mr. Eastwood? We missed you. Thought consigned to the dustbin of once relevant filmmakers, Clint Eastwood comes roaring back with American Sniper, the true story of Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American military history. ...

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