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‘The 33’ Delivers Satisfying Drama Without All the Hollywood Hype

The 33

If you need a break from gratuitous movie-making – from hyped up sci-fi, super-spies, super- villains and disappointing comedies – you might want to take a look at The 33, where the drama is both gripping and organic and where the heroes are simply men who dig holes in the ground with massive drills. Nobody shoots a gun, dashes away …

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Stallone Packs A Punch In ‘Creed’ And Nearly Breaks $100M At Box Office

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Creed has grossed just under $100M following the Christmas holiday weekend.  Creed is about Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, played by Michael B. Jordan, a young fighter who gave up his surname, Creed, due to the resentment over his father’s death at a young age. Yes, Adonis is the son of Rocky Balboa’s nemesis in the first four pictures, including the 1976 …

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Trailer: Inhospitable Characters Abound In Quenton Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’

Hateful Eight

Concerning Quenton Tarantino‘s upcoming Western, The Hateful Eight, the rhetorical question of the hour is: What’s not to like? Well, the answer to that might just be: Everybody. The eight characters in the film, are comprised of the Bounty Hunter (played by Samuel L. Jackson), the Hangman (Kurt Russell), the Confederate (Bruce Dern), the Sheriff (Walton Goggins), the Mexican (Demian …

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Bradley Cooper’s “Burnt” A Miss, But Not For Lack Of Effort

Burnt

Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper, is the story of a top-tier chef in London figuring out what life should look like once you put the booze and the cocaine away. This provides a few options. This could be a story about loneliness, fear, denial or redemption. Much of the time, however, Burnt struggles to find out which direction to take and, …

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New Star Wars Footage Comes From Japanese Trailer Release

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The final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has made its debut and is all but tucked away at this point. Right? Wrong! Much overlooked across media-land (where the Force is sometimes a little diminished) was the latest trailer released in Japan, which contains more footage and reveals more than the trailer released in the United States. It may …

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Tim Burton Returns To Wonderland With Spectacular Cast

Alice Through the Looking Glass

If nothing else, director Tim Burton has assembled a spectacular cast for his return to Wonderland in Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is due for release on May 27, 2016. “It’s about time,” punned one headline concerning the new trailer for the film. “At least it’s colorful,” said another. As the trailer points out, Alice goes back in time …

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Trailer: Wahlberg And Ferrell Pair Up In “Daddy’s Home”

Daddy's Home

After you’ve opened you Christmas presents this year (and gone off to watch the Dec. 25 release of Joy, featuring Jennifer Lawrence), you might have a little holiday spirit left over to check out the new Will Ferrell comedy Daddy’s Home, which pairs Ferrell once again with co-star Mark Wahlberg. Of course, pairing might not be the operative word here, …

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“Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” Tops $100M In Weekend Debut

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is showing signs of box office fatigue for the franchise, but still elbowed its way to the No. 5 spot for the year for an opening weekend with a take of $101 million at domestic theaters and $247 million worldwide. The franchise that helped launched (or catapult) Jennifer Lawrence‘s career also notched a place …

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Waxing Nostalgic With Bella Lugosi At The Cinema

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I remember watching Bella Lugosi as Dracula and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster on Chiller Theater in the afternoons after school on black and white television sets in the early 1960s. This was television on the cheap, showing reruns so worn out they seemed to be deteriorating before your eyes. Chiller Theater played early Godzilla films, variations of King Kong …

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“Steve Jobs” Is Intense Biopic About Apple’s Top Dog

Steve Jobs

There is something very brave about the intensity of the Danny Boyle-directed biopic on Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc., and something equally brave about the relentless portrayal of the man as a complete schmuck. With few exceptions, in any form of storytelling from comic books to opera, it is a standard litmus test that the audience at least …

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