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Movie Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

“Dr. Storm, we gave you six years and billions of dollars and you gave us nothing. What’s different, now?”                                         We all knew it was coming. We knew that they were throwing money at this movie (it had a budget of …

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G Money’s Movie Review: Pixels

The 1980’s were a time when innovation in technology ruled the day. New and groundbreaking were keys to success when marketing a technological product. One of these innovations was the video game. The 80’s saw the rise of video gaming among the youth of the time. What was once done as a hobby in the backrooms of “tech” colleges became …

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Movie Review: Pixels (2015)

“This is how you’re going to treat me after all the quarters I fed you?!” When I first heard about “Pixels,” I can recall being excited about the project. When I found out that Adam Sandler was attached to the film as its lead, that excitement was diminished by quite some margin. The video short that the movie was based …

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Movie Review: Vacation

There was once a sharp, boundary pushing humor magazine called National Lampoon, which was a precursor to “Saturday Night Live,” The Onion and “The Daily Show.” After the enormous success of their flagship film, “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” along came the first comedy about Clark W. Griswald. “National Lampoon’s Vacation” was an instant success in 1983, ably tapping into the …

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Movie Review: Trainwreck

Amy Schumer’s blunt, unguarded, sometimes explicit and always funny brand of stand-up comedy makes an easy transition to fictional narrative. After a series of strong stand-up specials, memorably cutting appearances on celebrity roasts and seasons of the inventively naughty and hysterically funny “Inside Amy Schumer,” she deservedly makes an easy move to big screen comedy. Playing (perhaps) a version of …

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Movie Review: Ant-Man (2015)

“Pick on someone your own size!”                             Technology thief… er, burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is doing his best to go straight for the sake of his daughter, Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson). He just wants to prove to his estranged wife, Maggie (Judy Greer), and her cop …

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G Money’s Movie Review: Ant-Man

The majesty of Marvel’s cinematic universe has been around for quite some time now. The novelty has started to lose some of it’s luster after “Guardians of the Galaxy”. “Ant-Man” comes to theatres at a time when some filmgoers are suffering from superhero movie fatigue. Can “Ant-Man” capture an audience that may need a break from all the Marvel bombast …

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Movie Review: Mr. Holmes

“Mr. Holmes,” one of my favorite films that I caught at this year’s Maui Film Festival, is director Bill Condon’s second film with star Ian McKellen. Their 1998 drama, “Gods and Monsters,’ in which McKellen portrayed film director James Whale during the bittersweet last days of his life, is a milestone for both the actor and filmmaker. Their eagerly awaited …

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Movie Review: Terminator Genisys

The storied history of the “Terminator” franchise is well documented. James Cameron’s apprehension to cast Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator could’ve doomed the series from the start. But as James Cameron wisely pointed out, casting Arnold as the title character should not have worked because the Terminator was conceived as an infiltration unit. No one would’ve believed that Arnold could …

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Movie Review: Inside Out (2015)

“Take her to the moon for me, Joy.” In a time when most movies can be spoiled during their teaser trailers, I am so glad that the previews for this movie don’t do it any kind of justice. That’s not to say that the concept is difficult to grasp. In fact, it’s incredibly simple. Emotions (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and Anger) are …

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