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War Dogs Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘War Dogs’ is a Bizarre Bromance over Bullets

When adapting a true story of gun runners from a Rolling Stone article entitled “Arms and the Dudes,” director Todd Phillips appears to be a solid choice. His direction on the Hangover trilogy seems to fit like a glove for a tale of two shmucky 20-somethings landing a Pentagon arms deal in War Dogs. Phillips may not be able to provide …

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Kubo and the Two Strings Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is a Well-Tuned Masterpiece

I have admired the stop-motion works of the Laika animation studio for years, but I had yet to see them break out with a true masterpiece. Sure, Coraline and Paranorman hold a special place in my heart, but they also felt closer to that of Henry Selick’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (especially since Coraline was directed by Selick). I kept …

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Hell or High Water Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Hell or High Water’ Rides High With Grit & Wit

The southern vibe is strong with the crime picture Hell or High Water. Dreary farmlands of West Texas lie barren with small town folk being foreclosed upon. Two brothers rob small banks with intent to repair their family. Two Texas Rangers follow their trail as they sling love-hate zingers of stereotypes at one another. Every civilian owns a gun, a …

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Sausage Party Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Sausage Party’ is an Undercooked Spoof

When the trailer for Sausage Party first landed online, it received many laughs for being so shocking and different. Here was a computer-animated movie where the anthropomorphic characters of supermarket items are forced to comprehend their gruesome fates. The food characters experience torture and pain when being eaten, constantly cursing and speaking of sexually congregating with one another. Sure, it’s …

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Suicide Squad Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Suicide Squad’ is a Violent, Silly, Chaotic Mess

On the surface, David Ayer’s anti-hero picture appears as a much-needed boost of energy and enthusiasm into the DC Cinematic Universe. Far from the gloom and heavy themes of Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad aims to be more alternative, bombastic, colorful and fun. But does it achieve such levels of stylish levity? Yes and no. If …

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Jason Bourne MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Jason Bourne’ Makes a Clumsy and Tiresome Return to Form

I’m sure there’s a sense of wholeness with Matt Damon returning to the role of Jason Bourne and Paul Greengrass returning to direct in Jason Bourne. After leaving the Bourne saga for nearly a decade, one might think they would return to the franchise with fresh ideas for the character and his world. What has he been doing this whole …

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Lights Out Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Lights Out’ Shines Bright with Fright

The lights go out. Could something be waiting for you in the darkness? It’s a fear that easily makes children frightened of their closets and adults terrified of basements. This idea has been used many times with horror – the most vivid coming to mind being the lackluster Darkness Falls. But first-time director David Sandberg is smart enough to know …

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Ghostbusters Review MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ is All Female, All Nostalgic and All Cliché

The first Ghostbusters movie in nearly three decades arrived with much nostalgia to bank on. Leading up to the premiere of the movie, my social media feed was all abuzz of my peers gushing over the return of the Ecto Cooler promotional drink and slime-colored Twinkies. These attempts at generating hype for the grand return of Ghostbusters were beginning to …

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The Secret Life of Pets MovieSpoon.com

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ Has More Bark Than Bite

There are animated movies that have stories of real character and those that just want to make jokes. Illumination Entertainment, best known for their success of Despicable Me and Minions and now The Secret Life of Pets, seems to only be interested in jokes. At some point in the studio, the animators started drawing up some gags based on pets. They …

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