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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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Southpaw - Movie Review

Southpaw - Movie ReviewWere it not for the devastatingly effective one-two punch of Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing movie Southpaw, the film might succumb to the legitimate criticism of its formulaic underpinnings. Sure, it borrows many of the ...

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Exeter - Movie Review

Exeter - Movie REviewExeter, a horror film that features a makeshift exorcism and something equivalent to human protein shakes, is potentially the shot in the arm the genre needs. It’s bloody, somewhat humorous, and ends with a twist that many won’t see coming. I’m not suggesting that the movie is   ...

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Amy - Movie Review

Amy - Movie ReviewThere’s a prophetic line in Amy Winehouse’s grammy award-winning song, Rehab that is as telling about her own doomed fate as it is damning to the men in her life. She wrote the song at a critical juncture as her rocket ride to stardom was fizzling from the ravages of drug ...

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Terminator Genisys - Movie Review

Terminator Genysis - Movie ReviewAllow me to relay my thoughts on the latest version of the Terminator model as they originally came to me for your reading benefit: 

1. No. 2. No. 3. No. 4. No. 5. NO! That’s right, five solid votes in the “NO”

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Ted 2 - Movie Review - Movie Review

Ted 2 - Movie ReviewOh, the humanity. The foul-mouthed kid’s becomes a man. It should come as no surprise that Ted 2 is an overly stuffed and meandering event. After all, it is a sequel very few outside of the studio asked for. It has little hype to live up to and, as a result, will probably be ...

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