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Friday, May 9, 2014
This combination of authentic emotions and farcical fantasy works, thanks to a group of actors who know how to mix truth with exaggeration.

There’s such a thing as growing old gracefully, though the characters in Nicolas Stoller’s hilarious comedy Neighbors wouldn’t know anything about this. For Mac and Kelly Radner, the one-two punch of parenthood and home ownership has turned their previous party animal lifestyle upside down. They’d love to dump their delightful little daughter and rave until the dawn, but their bodies are so tired from late night feedings and various Mommy/Daddy chores that they fall asleep before even making it out the door. Sex is also a struggle, especially with their infant demanding attention and/or sneaking in on a spontaneous “session” and the mundane aspects of such an existence seem to literally sap the life out of their still young sensibilities.


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Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014
When it works, it's a wonder. When it doesn't, the atmosphere of interference is obvious.

It pops and zips. It glides and soars. As an expression of the action aesthetic circa 2014, it’s hard to top what Marc Webb has done with this second installment of the rebooted Spider-man franchise. It’s that amazing. Back when it was announced that the (500) Days of Summer director would be taking over for horror geek icon Sam Raimi, and even more disconcerting, reimagining Peter Parker and his adventures for a different demo, comic book fans fumed. After seeing The Amazing Spider-man, it was clear that Webb wanted to make an insightful teen dramedy in which one of the characters just so happens to have superpowers. The relationship between Parker (Andrew Garfield) and gal pal Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone) took center stage, while the script set up all manner of options for the next few films in the series to explore.


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Monday, Apr 28, 2014
That's the beauty of a documentary like Jodorowsky's Dune. It does a fascinating job of playing "what if?" without ever having to fully give in and realize it.

It’s often referred to as the greatest movie never made. It is shrouded in mystery and enigmatic possibilities. Heck, we even had it at number one on our list of the best unrealized projects a few months back. So it’s safe to say that if director Alejandro Jodorowsky had found the money to make his version of Frank Herbert’s Dune, the debate today would be as lively and multifaceted as the approach the man responsible for the brilliant El Topo and The Holy Mountain would have taken with the beloved sci-fi subject matter.


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Friday, Apr 25, 2014
In the end, what we get is a solid B-picture. It's not going to win any awards, nor is it going to redefine the genre.

From the advertisement, you’d never know that Brick Mansions was a remake of the French parkour action film from a decade ago, District 13. You get the nod to Luc Besson and the obvious Paul Walker memorializing, but no mention of the previous movie, or that fact that star David Belle is on hand to repeat the role he made famous 10 years before. Now, this is a smart move on the part of distributor Relativity Media. For one, fans of the original will walk in thinking they are getting something new, only to have the familiarity—and the fun—of Pierre Morel’s movie drag them right back to the edge of their seats. The uninitiated, who wouldn’t know District 13 or its building jumping skill set from an ODB track, can sit back and enjoy a thoroughly competent and well-made thriller with just enough novelty to warrant a visit to the Cineplex.


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Friday, Apr 25, 2014
If the battle between the sexes was an actual war, The Other Woman would be these ladies' Waterloo. Just by participating in this pathetic excuse for personal payback, they set their gender's cause back several significant steps.

According to the new RomCom, The Other Woman, the female of the species can be categorized in at least one of several specious ways. First, they can be a trusting and totally committed spouse who gets blindsided by an adulterous husband. The trauma that results from such a breakup turns the otherwise functioning housewife into a simpering psycho who struggles to sound coherent and fails at acting adult. She is destined to be downplayed as an uninspiring partner until the mandatory make-over and/or discovery that she is really the brains behind her hateful hubby’s success. By the end, she’s both the conqueror and the conquered, happy to be manless but equally unhappy for the same reason.


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