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Turbo Kid - Movie Review

Turbo Kid - Movie ReviewEmbracing a joyously retro-generated vibe of all things bursting with rainbows, unicorns, NES, comic books, and Michael Ironside, Turbo Kid laser blasts its way into theaters and On Demand markets this weekend with the single mission to – as the late Rowdy Roddy Piper  ...

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No Escape - Movie Review

No Escape - Movie ReviewHaving suffered a significant stumble with last year’s subterranean found-footage thriller As Above/So Below, the brother filmmaking team of John Erick and Drew Dowdle found themselves searching for the bright promise they once showed with such films as The  ...

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Being Evel - Movie Review

Being Evel - Movie ReviewMadman.  Daredevil.  Cultural icon.   Con artist.  Whatever your view is of Robert Craig Knievel, Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville’s Dickhouse production of Being Evel presents – for the very first time – a more human side to the 1970s stunt icon who is currently  ...

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American Ultra - Movie Review

American Ultra - Movie ReviewWith a title even less appealing than its premise is original, American Ultra looks to mash together the stoner comedy with the sleeper cell thriller… as if the Bourne Identity were rewritten to star James Franco and Seth Rogen. Problem is, it’s not a very good representative ...

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Air - Movie Review

Air - Movie ReviewFull of junked-up monochrome monitors and junky dot matrix printers, Air is a tightly wound film that operates far better as a throwback to another era of science fiction films than as a modern statement concerning the genre.   It is the story of two engineers at odds with their  ...

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Final Girl - Movie Review

Final Girl - Movie ReviewIn the opening scene of Final Girl, a little girl talks rather openly about herself and her feelings, acknowledging that both her mother and father are dead. This fact, disturbingly enough, does not bother her nor does illicit any emotion from her. Shit happens, she says. The unshaven  ...

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Straight Outta Compton - Movie Review

Straight Outta Compton - Movie ReviewThe story being told in F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton is as relevant today as it was a generation ago when five young men turned brutally honest rhymes, hardcore beats, and the frustration of living in their inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood into music: the most   ...

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Ricki and the Flash - Movie Review

Ricki and the Flash - Movie ReviewMeryl Streep has finally met her match. Yes, the brilliant actress with the nearly embarrassing overabundance of acting and singing talent is not super-human after all. Contrary to popular belief, Meryl Streep has her kryptonite. The toxic concoction that that has been discovered to drain the  ...

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Fantastic Four - Movie Review

Fantastic Four - Movie ReviewKevin Feige, where are you? With all your work getting Spider-Man back under the Marvel Studios umbrella, I’m afraid you might have missed some important meetings or emails from Twentieth Century Fox concerning what they are doing with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four. Please  ...

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Extinction - Movie Review

Extinction - Movie ReviewExtinction opens with a military escort shuttling three school buses of uninfected citizens down a long stretch of road but, miles from the safe zone, the escort unexpectedly stops. The camera stays inside one bus and the citizens’ concern is palpable. A baby cries.  We  ...

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