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‘Captain America’ tackles the modern world

Film: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Release Date: April 4, 2014 Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson Rating: 5/5 The world that saw Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, reprising his role as the Captain) crash into the ocean in “Captain America: The First Avenger” is a very different one […]

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‘Rise of an Empire’ fails and falls

Film: “300: Rise of an Empire” Release Date: March 7, 2014 Director: NoamMurro Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green Rating: 2 The original “300” film was a very stylish adaptation of Frank Miller’s very stylish graphic novel, which in turn was based (loosely) on the true tale of the 300 Spartans who fought at the Battle […]

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‘Non-Stop’ is an entertaining, yet clichéd, thrill ride

Title: “Non-Stop” Release Date: Feb. 28, 2014 Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore Rating: 3   “Non-Stop” takes on a genre that audiences haven’t seen in a long time: the whodunit thriller. It’s a refreshing premise that wouldn’t feel out of place in an Alfred Hitchcock film. It does a fantastic job of […]

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‘The Monuments Men’ squanders monumental talent

Film: “The Monuments Men” Release Date: Feb. 7, 2014 Director: George Clooney Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon Rating: 2 / 5 This film, based on a true story, tells the story of a group of artists who put their lives on the line to protect art and culture in the midst of the largest and […]

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‘Once’ is a bittersweet lullaby

Tales of star-crossed lovers have graced movie screens since the beginning of cinema. Some are fine with being sappy, others strive for realism, but less often do they become something truly special. “Once” is about an unnamed Dublin busker (Glen Hansard, “The Commitments”) and woman (Marketa Irglova) and their week in Dublin writing, rehearsing and […]

‘That Awkward Moment’ isn’t awkward or funny

Imagine a Woody Allen movie. Now, take away everything that makes a Woody Allen movie good and you’d get something a better than “That Awkward Moment.” Set in New York, the film follows three single yuppies: pretty boy Jason (Zac Efron, “Parkland”), the sardonic Daniel (Miles Teller, “21 & Over”) and recently divorced Mikey (Michael […]

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February Movie Preview

Check out the synopsis for movies coming out in February including: The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men, One Chance, Winter’s Tale, About Last Night, Vampire Academy, Endless Love, Robocop, Pompeii, 3 Days to Kill, The Wind Rises, Welcome to Yesterday, Son of God, and Non-Stop.

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‘Her’: A provocative technological love story

Can a human fall in love with a computer? One that progressively learns with each word spoken with it, and can calculate or search for anything in a nanosecond? Is technology jumping forward fast enough to the point that people can create machines and software that can feel sorrow and joy? What are the ethical implications of that?

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Top 5 foreign films the fanatic watched this year

Do American movies seem stale to you? Are there moments when you want nothing more than to read subtitles? It’s a big, cinematic world out there filled to the brim with non-American films. With 2013’s “Nairobi Half Life,” and “Fanie Fourie’s Lobola,” Kenya and South Africa’s movie industries are on the rise. South Korea is still experiencing a renaissance. Thailand’s industry is growing along with China’s. Argentina and Colombia are coming into some serious economic growth thanks in part to films like 2012’s “Elefante Blanco” and “La Sirga.” But until those movies make it onto DVD, here are five foreign flicks to sate your appetite.

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January movie preview

Check out the synopsis for movies coming out in December including: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Lone Survivor, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Ride Along, Devil’s Due, The Nut Job, I, Frankenstein, Labor Day, and That Awkward Moment.

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Hollywood white savior strikes again

Hollywood is racist. It always has been, but what is racism? Let’s define some terms. Prejudice is the thought, discrimination is the action and racism is the system. There are systems all throughout society that benefit one race over another. In this system, white people are far more privileged than people of color.

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‘Kung Fu Dunk’ comes on and slams

It’s the last five minutes of the second half. Your team is down by three. There’s no stopping your ruthless opponents. You take the shot from the free-throw line.

You miss. All hope is lost. The game is done.

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‘Catching Fire’ sets fire to doubts

“The Hunger Games” left some readers of the “Hunger Games” trilogy wondering how a book-to-movie adaptation could be so bad. But with the second movie of the trilogy, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” moviemakers blow away fans with a plot that leaves almost nothing from the book out.

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‘Shoah’ is definitely an uncompromising epic

In the lonely interior of Poland, far away from any big city or town, is the small village of Chelmno nad Nerem. From 1941 to 1945 it was here that between 152,000 and 340,000 Jews were exterminated. Of the victims kept there, only two survived.

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