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August 2014

‘Four of the Apocalypse’ Is Unrelenting in its Mournful and Mesmerizing Moodiness

Four of the Apocalypse's stereotypical and almost satirical character depictions and its pilgrimage structured plot-line chronicles a voyage to redemption.


Disney’s Best Heroes… and Villains

They're the reason to cheer or the inspiration for a jeer—and nobody does them better than Disney.


‘The Trip to Italy’ Leaves You Hungry for More

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are reinvesting the so-called buddy comedy with the concept that, sometimes, friendship is not enough.


Did Piracy and/or a PG-13 Rating Doom ‘The Expendables 3’?

Was online "availability" and a anti-hard "R" stance the real reasons this third film in the action franchise failed?


‘Septic Man’ Finds Meaning among the Sewage

If Cook and Burgess are setting us up for a continuing series of mutant monster superhero takedowns, this movie is a decent start.


‘The Expendables 3’ Is Nothing More than a Few Fantastic Action Scenes

What The Expendables 3 lacks is the kind of exuberant pizzazz which made these particular performers ripe for rediscovery in the first place.


Don’t Open That Door! #61: ‘The Blob’ (1958)

This week in our ongoing field guide to '50s horror and sci-fi movies and the creatures that inhabit them: those crazy kids save the world from marauding grape jelly in The Blob.


‘Savage Guns’ Is Not the Best, But the First of Its Genre

Before film audiences got A Fistful of Dollars, they got their first taste of the Spaghetti Western in 1961 with the release of The Savage Guns.


Robin Williams’ 10 Greatest Film Performances

From a career filled with amazing highs and several cinematic lows, the late Robin Williams will always be the benchmark between stand-up skill and dramatic depth.


My First Midnight Movie: ‘Phantom of the Paradise’

On a regular basis, yours truly will discuss many of the movie "firsts" that have occurred in his life over the last half century. Let's start with Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise.


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