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August 2014

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.


‘Into the Storm’ Is No ‘Twister 2’

Not only is Into the Storm mindless and mediocre, it's disrespectful, as well.


The ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Are Half-Baked Heroes on a Half-Assed Shell

What happens when you substitute bombast for fun and bloat for finesse? This.


‘Kismet’ Is a Mix of ‘Arabian Nights’ and Hollywood

Warner Archive has offered up a version of the 1955 version of "Kismet", which contrasts nicely with its 1944 counterpart.


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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

// Notes from the Road

"McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.

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