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The Angry Birds Movie - Movie Review

Angry Birds - Movie ReviewWelcome to 2016’s initial summer line-up.  It is a wacky season where even popular mobile apps get their own movie.  Ready for August yet?  Thought you might be.  And with all these green pigs stealing eggs from wingless birds, well, it’s really not a fun place for  ...

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Money Monster - Movie Review

Money Monster- Movie ReviewIt's a little known fact that Sidney Lumet's '70s-era thrillers Network and Dog Day Afternoon had a love child. That offspring has since come of age and is gracing theaters in the form of Money Monster, a taut fast-paced facsimile of its progenitors. Stocked with the same ...

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Miles Ahead - Movie Review

Miles Ahead - Movie ReviewMiles Davis was a man of many, many complications.  If anything else, that’s the wild takeaway from writer and director Don Cheadle’s impressionistic film about the world’s coolest trumpeter.  Miles Ahead is, at once, bold and creative as it mixes the 1950s, the 1960s  ...

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Born to Be Blue - Movie Review

Born to be Blue- Movie ReviewBorn to Be Blue is the film in which Ethan Hawke goes for the extraordinary and more than saves what is largely a pedestrian experience.  It is the story of Chet Baker turned junkie and the lengths he went to in order to save his career and become relevant to an entirely  ...

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Baskin - Movie Review

Baskin - Movie ReviewThe graveyard shift just got a lot more frightening.  Baskin, a horror movie from Turkey, might be wafer thin on an actual plot but it more than makes up for that aspect with its disturbing visuals and splatterific gore.  The film is also a bit of chameleon as it switches up its ...

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - Movie Review

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 - Movie Review14 years is a long time. It’s an especially long wait for a movie sequel to happen. But that’s how long it’s been since we last visited the Portokalos family in 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding. A whole new generation has come of age, and even another has long since forgotten   ...

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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice - Movie Review

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice - Movie ReviewAlready hearing divisive accounts of this film. In the red corner we have the fans, who are beating a drum of success and love. In the blue corner, the critics, who are not happy, if Rotten Tomatoes is anything to go by. Now I consider myself a member of both these camps  ...

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Miracles From Heaven - Movie Review

Miracles From heaven - Movie ReviewHoping to fill its collection plates with the big bucks of a crossover audience, Sony’s faith-based distribution arm, Affirm Films follows its tried-and-true formula of casting a genuine movie star in Miracles From Heaven, a Christian film based on the true story about a little girl who was ...

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Pee Wee's Big Holiday - Movie Review

Pee Wee's Big Holiday - Movie Review31 years after getting his bike back, Pee Wee Herman hits the road again. And I couldn’t be happier about the results. Opening today in select theaters and available through Netflix is the proper sequel to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.  While it is the third film in the

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The Brothers Grimsby - Movie Review

The Brothers Grimsby - Movie ReviewThe big star of the show In Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest movie, The Brothers Grimsby, is an elephant penis. And no, I don’t mean Cohen himself, although the guy most certainly wouldn’t balk at playing one if it meant a few laughs. Instead, he’s Nobby Butcher, a terminally ...

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