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'White House Down' Makes You Miss John McClane

White House Down never had a chance, given that the film shares its primary plot of bad guys infiltrating and then seizing control of the presidential residence, with the superior Olympus Fallen.

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The Office's Final Season Is an Amalgam of Highs and Lows

The series' ninth season lacks the consistent laughs found in earlier episodes but ends on a memorable note.

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In 'The Big Wedding', Every Loose End is Tied Up Into a Neat Little Bow

The Big Wedding introduces several situations including infertility, infidelity and the complexities of marital discord that allow for deeper emotional exploration but wind up being glossed over.

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'The Place Beyond the Pines' Is an Emotionally Complex Drama

The Place Beyond the Pines shines a spotlight on the relationships between fathers and sons and explores the roles that destiny, circumstance and chance can all play in a person’s life.

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'Mama': Is the Possibility of Making an Innovative Scary Movie Literally Dead?

Two girls disappear into the wild and are discovered alive five years later. When they move in with family members, it soon becomes evident that something they left behind in the woods isn't ready to let them go.

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'Pawn': A Film Unable to Ascend to Mediocrity

An ex-con, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, becomes indispensable to the robbers because of his shady past.

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In 'Alex Cross', Tyler Perry Blows His Biggest and Best Chance to Gain Mainstream Popularity

Alex Cross and all of the other characters in James Patterson’s books savor and shun what life hands them even though its not always in equal measure. Why is that component lacking in this film adaptation?

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Clint Eastwood Goes with his Gut in 'Trouble with the Curve'

Trouble with the Curve illustrates how, in the midst of our reliance on modern technology, we’ve lost the ability to communicate and trust our own instincts. The more “connected” we become, the more isolated we feel.

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Power and Violence in the Safe Zones: 'The Invisible War'

The Invisible War explores not only the pervasiveness of sexual assault against service women in the military, it also exposes a judicial system and process that is so flawed that very rarely are the guilty punished.

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Zen and the Art of Male Stripping: 'Magic Mike'

Channing Tatum is dynamic on stage. Often, his dancing transcends the butt jiggling and crotch thrusting of his peers. Alex Pettyfur is unremarkable both on stage and off. Matt McConaughey strikes the perfect balance between smarmy and charming.

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Melodramas: 'Jodi Picoult Collection'

Fans of the books will be disappointed by the film adaptations. However, those unfamiliar with Jodi Picoult's work might find some redeeming qualities in these three films.


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