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Rival Review: John Wick

Keanu Reeves is an actor who is easily a target for mockery for his supposed one note acting, yet he always seems to capture the imagination of that same audience with movies that appeal to them. The last time we saw Reeves, he was helming the director’s chair for the underrated “Man of Tai Chi”. He is now back to …

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Movie Review: John Wick

“People keep asking me if I’m back…yeah, I’m thinking I’m back!” This is a line delivered by Keanu Reeves late in “John Wick,” which seems to address his career as much as the character. Reeves’ choices have always been erratic, uneven and occasionally brilliant. As his detractors have noted, he’s a handsome actor with a limited range. The problem, which …

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Movie Review: St. Vincent

Any movie starring Bill Murray announces itself as a must-see. Few American actors have displayed the kind of transformative career, smart character choices, downright rebellious career shifts and decades-long, 100% hipster factor more than Murray. There has never been, and will never be again, a former “Saturday Night Live” featured player to emerge as a comedy movie star, Academy Award-nominated …

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Movie Review: Fury

Do we really need another World War II movie? With all the hundreds of films depicting the battle against the Germans and the Japanese, many of them masterpieces and definitive war films, is another one really necessary? I hope I don’t sound disrespectful or insensitive in asking this, as my question has nothing to do with how I feel about …

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Movie Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The creative output from the Disney company has most famously been showcasing cutting edge animation. Yet, there is also the somewhat under-appreciated live action family comedy genre, in which the studio has long excelled. I grew up with the original “The Shaggy Dog,” “The Parent Trap,” “The Absent-Minded Professor” and Kurt Russell-narrating the hilarious, “Dad, Can I Borrow the Car?” …

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Blu Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

When sitting down to watch the fourth installment of the Transformers, you really have to lower your expectations. This is due to the films that came before it. While I was expecting an action schlock-fest, full of bad acting and a worse story, it came as a surprise how much I enjoyed such a bad movie. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” …

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Review: The Maze Runner

The more Dystopia-laced these Young Adult movie adaptations get, the more they’re really about high school. Let’s examine the evidence. Films based on books with mainstream youth appeal is now one of the hottest brands in film right now. Rarely a season goes by that we don’t see some New York Times Bestseller made into a big budget film, for …

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DVD Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Early on in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) tells Captain America (Chris Evans) that the events which occurred at the end of The Avengers movie have changed the world. So in response, the organization of S.H.I.E.L.D., with which they work, has collaborated with the world council to manufacture massive air carriers, fashioned with future weapons …

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Review: No Good Deed

It’s a dark and stormy night. You’re a mother of three, home alone with your two very young children. The doorbell rings and you see a good looking man on your doorstep. He says he just survived a car accident and hopes you could let him use your phone. He seems really nice, so you invite him inside. He sits …

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REVIEW: The November Man

Halfway through “The November Man,” it occurred to me that I’ve never, in my life, met anyone named Pierce. I’m blessed with a name so goofy, I’ve never met another Barry Wurst II, either. Still, has anyone ever heard a name more manly and action movie-ready than Pierce Brosnan? It’s hard not to be a fan of the man’s work, …

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