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‘Man Up’: Pegg And Bell Heat Up Theaters In A Dorky Romance

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This year’s sleeper, no pun intended, turns out to be the British romantic comedy Man Up, which Variety called a pleasant trip down memory lane — at least for those waiting for a follow up to the second “Bridget Jones” film. I’m not particularly champing at the bit waiting for the third “Bridget Jones” comedy. I was hoping for better …

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


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


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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“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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Review: ‘Spectre’ (Not Skyfall) Is James Bond At His Best

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I took a second look at the new James Bond feature Spectre on Monday night to make sure what I had experienced in my first viewing was correct. It turns out that I was right. The new Bond film is the best in the series, going all the way back to 1962, when the franchise started with the smart, impeccably …

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Review: Is ‘Goosebumps’ Really Better Than ‘Bridge Of Spies?’

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One of the great puzzles, when it comes to the art of storytelling, is when to start your story. Do you start at the end and work backwards? Do you start in the middle and dodge around? Or do you start at conception and go from there, pushing through the middle until you reach the end? I watched two movies …

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Ridley Scott Pulls It Off: “The Martian” Is Wonderfully Done

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There are so many potential pitfalls in Ridley Scott‘s new big screen feature, The Martian, that I lost sleep thinking about them. Oh, this movie is going to be overblown and dreadful, I thought. Boy, was I wrong. But just to tick off some of the more obvious potential problems: The Martian planet could look phony. It doesn’t. The script …

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“Lost In Hong Kong” Sets Pace For Chinese Comedy

Lost in Hong Kong

It’s safe to say that the number 1 grossing film for the weekend, Lost in Hong Kong, took most westerners by surprise. The film didn’t even make the top listings for U.S. theaters, but dominated the global rankings with a scorching worldwide box office take of over $100 million, which topped Everest, which took in $96 million worldwide and Hotel …

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