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While it’s on the ground, Jaume Collet-Serra’s thriller Non-Stop has the average intelligence of a Liam Neeson action flick. After takeoff however, the airplane hijacking film rapidly ascends into stupidity until it reaches cruising altitude, where it degenerates into a moronic movie riddled with plot holes, before hastily crashing and burning.
Collet-Serra introduces his lead character U.S. Air Marshall Bill Marks (Neeson), by establishing that he’s an exhausted alcoholic with a sad daughter back story. Oddly two of these three aspects remain relevant to his character, yet one does not. ...
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For a fictional character, Will Ferrell's anchorman alter ego Ron Burgundy has been very busy lately. Burgundy recently became a spokesman for Dodge, received his own Ben and Jerry's flavor, anchored a newscast in South Dakota, AND had Emerson College's School of Communication named after him.
That's right, in case you missed it, Emerson announced that they would be honoring Burgundy's achievements in journalism by renaming their School of Communication the "Ron Burgundy School of Communication" for a whole day. To accept the honor, Burgundy himself appeared at Emerson for a press confere...
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Since breaking out in the late '90s in 10 Things I Hate About You, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has steadily climbed Hollywood’s ladder with an intelligent mixture of roles in indie films like Brick and big-budget movies like The Dark Knight Rises. Levitt wasn’t content just to be a well-rounded actor though. In 2005, he launched the successful online artistic collaborative HitRECord and most recently, he also set his sights on writing and directing a feature-length film.
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For British filmmakers Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the Cornetto is more than just a tasty ice cream treat that comes in three flavours. Because their comedies don’t share connected characters, the Cornetto is one of several delicious thematic elements that ties the movies together. Wright, Pegg and Frost’s two previous films “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” or flavours if you will, are also united by running jokes, loving homage to specific genres and stories about the power of friendship. The third variety in their series, also known as the Cornetto trilogy, is no different;...
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No disrespect to Mark Waters and Tina Fey intended, but Jeff Wadlow’s “Kick-Ass 2” seems more like a crappy sequel to “Mean Girls,” than a follow up to Matthew Vaughn’s awesome comic book adaptation “Kick-Ass.” Instead of delivering the amusing uber violence, delightfully dark humor, and pointed parody that made Vaughn’s flick so much fun, Wadlow wallows in the stereotypical conniving of vapid teenage girls. This bizarre focus is neither insightful nor entertaining, because it never rises above inane moments.
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At first glance “We're the Millers” seems like it's going to be just another throwaway R-rated comedy. Even though it has a talented cast, it strikes you as the type of movie that will squander its potential with stupid, raunchy gags that get old quickly. Fortunately, Rawson Marshall Thurber’s film is actually much sharper than you’d expect. “We’re the Millers” catches you off guard with consistent humor and heart that holds your attention for the duration of this zany, yet predictable flick.
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August 10th, 2013 1:00am EDT
In 2009, Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut “District 9” punched audiences in the stomach with its gut-wrenching realism and gripping social commentary. The emotional bruising left in its wake didn’t just seize viewer attention though, it captured Hollywood’s too. Struck by Blomkamp’s creativity with a smaller budget, the industry decided to offer him a larger one for his sophomore effort “Elysium.” Working inside the Hollywood machine can be tricky however, since directors often compensate for greater resources with major creative compromises. What’s miraculous about Blomkamp’s flick is th...
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July 29th, 2013 1:12pm EDT
After three busy “X-Men” films where Wolverine struggled to stand out, and one trainwreck solo picture, James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” finally does the character justice. Mangold not only satisfies us by providing depth to Wolverine’s familiar traits, but he surprises us by taking the character to captivating new places. Although his flick isn’t Oscar-worthy, the film is good enough to make its terrible predecessor “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” seem like a candidate for “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
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July 21st, 2013 5:06pm EDT
Even when junk food has expired, sometimes it’s so freakin’ delicious that you can’t help eating it anyway. Certain sugary snacks have enough flavor, that they are totally worth the digestive consequences later. Dean Parisot’s action comedy “Red 2” is exactly like one of those treats: an old Twinkie that you just can’t deny yourself.
Actually, a more apt analogy in this case, is probably an irresistible ancient Moon Pie, because there’s a scene in “Red 2” where Marvin (John Malkovich) literally dusts one off for consumption. When someone gives him an incredulous look, he shrugs, saying “It...
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July 19th, 2013 9:25am EDT
Don't let the upbeat title of Stephen King's "Joyland" fool you; his novel is no lighthearted tale of youthful exuberance. Although the book shares its name with a fictional amusement park where happy memories are made for children, the titular grounds in this paranormal, coming-of-age crime thriller have a much more tragic history for adults. Would you expect anything less from The Master of Horror?
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