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Trailer: The Intern
We saw this trailer in front of both movies this weekend. I have to say, it looks pretty good. Things to love: Robert de Niro Anne Hathaway A look at ageism from both angles (though de Niro doesn't seem to suffer much in the trailer) The comment about how m...
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Man From U.N.C.L.E.
First, a disclaimer. That title is the last time I'm going to type out all those damn periods. Short version: Booyah. That movie was, I think, exactly what it wanted to be. It is not a tightly plotted thriller. It is not high-octane action. It is not grim a...
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Southpaw
Short version: This movie wins on acting, and pretty much acting alone. The script is serviceable but fairly cliched (with a couple important exceptions). The direction, cinematography, visuals, etc. are similarly well done but don't stand out in any way. B...
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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Short version: Very enjoyable. It had great action, some very funny moments. solid espionage plotting, and surprisingly fine acting. I think that this movie very solidly puts the franchise back on track. And may do the same for Tom Cruise's career. The Miss...
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Mr Holmes
Short version: This is a beautiful, superbly acted, bittersweet tale. It is very British, and very indie. It manages to be wonderfully true to the Sherlock Holmes character without simply being another Sherlock Holmes mystery. The big screen is worth it for...
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Max
You might have missed the trailers for Max. I can't tell if it was under-marketed, or just heavily targeted away from me. Given the number of "kids" movies I see, I find it odd that never saw a trailer, and only caught one commercial on TV. Short version: A...
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Ricki and the Flash
Meryl Streep has, in short, done it again. She has used her incredible talent, and the incredible talents of those who are drawn to work with her, to illuminate an otherwise lackluster movie. The plot is simple, the characters are crudely drawn, the philoso...
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Quick poll
So it's tough to build up solid readership numbers on a blog that only posts about once a week. But this is a movie review site, and I'm just not likely to see more than one movie a week. I had a couple ideas for additional content, but I didn't know if any...
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Fantastic Four
Short version: Much better than I expected. Admittedly, I was expecting something along the lines of Ang Lee's Hulk, so that's not a high bar to clear. It was still not a good movie, but it wasn't a bad movie, either. It's a fun way to pass a couple of ho...
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Feminism in Jurassic World, Redux
Okay, I don't do this often. And I'm feeling ambivalent about it now. I feel the need to circle back to a previous topic, and  to respond to another person's blog. Why? Basically because Someone is Wrong on the Internet. When Jurassic World came out, I did ...
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Ant-Man
Short version: Another solid contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man delivers good action, some great special effects, decent characterization, strong plotting, and few surprises. Paul Rudd was enjoyable and did not warp the movie into an act...
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A Feminist Look at Jurassic World
I gave my review of Jurassic World . It wasn't terrible, but it was hugely disappointing. And the most disappointing thing was the script. And, yet, I want to talk in a little more depth about a curious aspect of that script. See, it passes the two major cu...
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Husband first, gamer second, atheist third, then it gets muddy.  Occasionally I blather about personal stuff at my LiveJournal.  I much more often blather about gaming stuff at Divison Nihil.  You can also find me on the Twitters.
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Sometime writer, frequent gamer, and constant pet owner.
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Lugh Samldanach