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Monday April 20, 2020 05:48 pm EDT
a Creative Loafing podcast | more...

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Saturday May 23, 2015 04:00 am EDT
'The Rock' versus California is a so-so rumble | more...

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Friday February 13, 2015 04:00 am EST
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan paint a dull picture in this franchise debut | more...

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Friday February 13, 2015 01:00 am EST
Director Matthew Vaughn has another marvelous collaboration with comic creators Gibbons and Millar | more...

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Tuesday January 13, 2015 01:00 am EST
Kevin Hart is the best man for this satisfying buddy comedy | more...

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Sunday January 11, 2015 01:00 am EST
Michael Mann's cyber thriller is a hack job | more...

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Thursday November 13, 2014 01:00 am EST
Director Francis Lawrence focuses on propaganda and little else in frachise's third installment | more...

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Thursday July 17, 2014 01:00 am EDT
Dwayne Johnson is pretty weak in this inventive tale | more...

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Thursday February 20, 2014 04:00 am EST
Paul Anderson's latest adventure is a disaster | more...

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Wednesday August 7, 2013 04:00 am EDT
New director and writer help Riordan's teen sequel beat the sophomore slumps | more...

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Friday May 10, 2013 04:00 am EDT
Granted its funny, but feels like a ripoff of something I've seen before | more...

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Thursday February 14, 2013 02:39 pm EST

  • Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
  • WORK THE SMIRK: Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney

GENRE: Fouth-generation copy of once-kickass action franchise

THE PITCH: Cocky but aging New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) travels to Moscow to investigate a criminal case involving his estranged son Jack (Jai Courtney of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand"), a CIA operative caught up in an incomprehensible scheme...

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Friday February 1, 2013 01:00 pm EST
Stallone shows he's still got it - even in a predictable film | more...

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Thursday January 17, 2013 04:00 am EST
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back ... unfortunately | more...

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Friday December 21, 2012 03:46 pm EST

  • Courtesty of Paramount Pictures
  • NIGHTS OF THUNDER: Tom Cruise IS Jack Reacher, sort of

GENRE: Opening shot of prospective thriller franchise

THE PITCH: Super-sleuth military policeman turned dispossessed drifter Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) aids crusading lawyer Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike) investigate conspiracy involving a sniper accused to shooting five random citizens in Pittsburgh.

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 04:20 pm EST

  • Courtesty of DreamWorks Animation
  • UNCLE SANTA WANTS YOU: Sandy, Bunny, Santa Claus, Tooth, Jack and an unidentified yeti at the North Pole

GENRE: Holiday movie/superhero mash-up

THE PITCH: The four "guardians of childhood" - Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Eater Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the voiceless Sandman - recruit mischievous Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to...

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Wednesday November 21, 2012 04:00 am EST
This film needs a wake up call | more...

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Thursday October 18, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Tyler Perry attempts to shed his alter ego and step into Morgan Freeman's lofty shoes | more...

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Friday October 12, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Finally, Kevin James delivers a knockout | more...

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Friday August 17, 2012 10:44 am EDT

  • Courtesy of Focus Features
  • LEND ME AN EAR: 'ParaNorman' activity

GENRE: Undead animated flick

THE PITCH: In this stop-motion animated horror-comedy, Lonely, outcast Norman (voiced by The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee) discovers that his ability to see dead people might rescue his hometown from a witch’s curse that causes the dead to rise.

BEST LINE: “Welcome to Blithe Hallow: A great place to...

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Friday August 10, 2012 08:58 am EDT

  • Courtesy of Warner Brothers
  • PRESS THE FLESH: Zach Galifianakis gets a grip on Will Ferrell in 'The Campaign'

GENRE: Political spoof

THE PITCH: Washington insiders The Motch Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow) throws their clout and cash behind small-town ninny Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) to oust scandal-plagued incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and take control of a...

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Wednesday August 1, 2012 09:53 am EDT
Colin Farrell stars in fun but forgettable remake | more...

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Thursday July 26, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Ben Stiller adds an alien tale to the prick flick genre | more...

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Friday July 13, 2012 10:52 am EDT

  • Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
  • PIECES OF APE: Captain Gutt (center) and his pirate crew in 'Ice Age: Continental Drift'

GENRE: Prehistoric mammal pirate adventure? Can that be right?

THE PITCH: When an earthquake sends Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the sabre-tooth (Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary) afloat on the ocean, they must contend with vicious ape pirate Gutt...

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Friday July 6, 2012 05:03 pm EDT

  • Courtesy of Universal Pictures
  • DIO DE LOS MUERTES: Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson in 'Savages'

GENRE: Ultraviolent, ultra-stylish crime drama

THE PITCH: Elena, the head of a Mexican drug cartel (Salma Hayek) kidnaps Ophelia (Blake Lively), the shared girlfriend of botany genius Ben (Aaron Johnson) and hard-boiled war vet Chon (Taylor Kitsch) in a bid to seize control of Ben and Chon’s...

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Thursday June 28, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Horny MILFs will love Mike, but Channing Tatum can't keep it up | more...

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Thursday June 21, 2012 04:00 am EDT
A supernatural, campy hatchet job on the nation's 16th President | more...

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Wednesday June 20, 2012 09:07 am EDT

  • Courtesy of Disney
  • KATNISS WHO? Princess Merida pulls back the bow in 'Brave'

GENRE: Fairytale princess with a feminist streak

THE PITCH: "Boardwalk Empire's" Kelly Macdonald voices Merida, a tomboy princess in 11th century Scotland who resists her mother's (Emma Thompson) desire to marry her to the heir of a powerful clan. Without spoiling anything, let's say Merida's attempt to avoid her...

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Thursday June 14, 2012 04:00 am EDT
This laughable yawn is anything but a good time. | more...

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Thursday May 17, 2012 04:00 am EDT
This goose of a film is dead in the water | more...

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Thursday May 10, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp put their unique spin on the ghouish serial | more...

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Friday May 4, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Joss Whedon assembles best possible superteam movie | more...

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Thursday April 26, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Aardman Animations' comedy takes to the seas | more...

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Thursday April 26, 2012 04:00 am EDT
Jason Statham's been-there-done-that action flick still carries a punch | more...

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Friday March 30, 2012 12:00 am EDT
Tarsem Singh and Julia Roberts paint a delightfully lush fairy tale | more...

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Thursday March 29, 2012 04:00 am EDT
This mythological sequel gets a much needed jolt | more...

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Friday March 16, 2012 11:30 am EDT
Hill and Tatum are comedic gold in this TV show remake | more...

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Thursday March 8, 2012 12:50 pm EST

  • Courtesy of Disney
  • DEJAH VIEW: Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins in 'John Carter'

GENRE: Old-school sword-and-airship swashbuckler

THE PITCH: Civil War cavalryman turned Arizona prospector John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) finds himself transported to Mars, where he takes up the cause of Martian Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins, who’s like a classy Megan Fox) against a vicious warlord (Dominic...

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Friday March 2, 2012 04:00 am EST
Finally a refreshing twist to the sterotypical teen comedy | more...

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Thursday February 23, 2012 04:00 am EST
Watching Nicolas Cage's comic book sequel was pure Hell | more...

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Thursday February 16, 2012 01:31 pm EST

  • 20th Century Fox
  • GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT: Tom Hardy (from left), Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine in 'This Means War'

GENRE: Action comedy. On second thought, make that “action” “comedy.”

THE PITCH: It’s bromance vs. romance when CIA agents and best pals FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) discover they’re both dating the same woman, a consumer product researcher named Lauren (Reese...

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Thursday February 16, 2012 04:00 am EST
This thrillride sequel has enough action to stand on its own | more...

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Thursday February 9, 2012 04:00 am EST
Angsty teens lay waste to Seattle in this super-powered film | more...

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Friday January 27, 2012 07:00 am EST
Slick New York heist flick won't put you on the edge of your seat | more...

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Thursday January 12, 2012 04:00 am EST
Amazing gospel music saves the town ... and this film | more...

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Friday December 16, 2011 08:00 am EST
Pixar director Brad Bird makes bold leap to live action | more...

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Friday December 16, 2011 01:00 am EST
Guy Ritchie squeaks by with Holmes' latest caper | more...

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Tuesday November 22, 2011 12:00 pm EST
A fresh take on Santa lore | more...

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Wednesday November 16, 2011 10:07 am EST

  • Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • READY FOR DRAGON*CON: 'Bellflower's' Max Max hot rod

Are you prepared for the coming apocalypse and the Road Warrior-style hellscape to follow? In 2009, Patton Oswalt described how the prospect of cannibal marauders on nitro-trucks motivated the comedian to lose weight and go off Prozac: “I don’t want to be out in the wasteland fat and depressed.”

In the ominous,...

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Thursday November 3, 2011 04:00 am EDT
Justin Timberlake's new time piece feels a bit heavy | more...