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The Purge: Anarchy

‘Anarchy’: Your mileage may vary

Title: Director: Release date: Rating: “The Purge: Anarchy” James DeMonaco July 18, 2014 2/5 The first “Purge” film turned a lot of heads when it came out a little more than a year ago — at least, before it actually came out. The premise was ambitious and seemed very promising, but the film didn’t live […]

“Transformers:” Age of Profits

Film: Director: Starring: Release date: Rating: Transformers: Age of Extinction Michael Bay Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammar June 28, 2014 1/5 stars I entered the theater with a hoodie and sunglasses on. I put them all on as I approached the box office, and asked for movie tickets. As I took my seat, a […]

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is fantasy at its finest

Film: Director: Starring: Release date: Rating: “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ Dean DeBlois Jay Baruchel Cate Blanchett Gerard Butler June 13, 2014 5/5 stars The first “How to Train Your Dragon” film was something of a surprise success. Very loosely based on a recent children’s book series, it was a coming-of-age story about a […]

Film: “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Release Date: June 13, 2014
Director: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
Rating: 5

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ is fantasy at its finest

The first “How to Train Your Dragon” film was something of a surprise success. Very loosely based on a recent children’s book series, it was a coming-of-age story about a boy raising a pet dragon against the will of his village. It was pretty standard stuff when it came to film tropes and clichés, but […]

Days of Future Past

‘Days of Future Past’ is the best of both worlds

Film: &nbsp Director: Release date: Rating: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Bryan Singer May 23, 2014 4/5 stars The “X-Men” film franchise has seen its ups and downs in the almost-14 years it’s been around. The first two, directed by Bryan Singer, are generally seen as superhero classics. The next two, “The Last Stand” and […]

‘Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1’ is lusty indulgence

Film: &nbsp Director: Release date: Rating: Country: “Nymphomaniac: Volume 1″ Lars von Trier March 6, 2014 4/5 stars Denmark If the viewer could look into filmmaker Lars von Trier’s mind, chances are it would look almost exactly like his opus, “Nymphomaniac: Volume 1.” Every character struggles with an emptiness and the most damaged of them, […]

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‘Days of Future Past’ is the best of both worlds

The “X-Men” film franchise has seen its ups and downs in the almost-14 years it’s been around. The first two, directed by Bryan Singer, are generally seen as superhero classics. The next two, “The Last Stand” and “Origins: Wolverine,” fans perceived as sinkers. The next two after that, “First Class” and “The Wolverine,” were seen as improvements. And now, […]

Godzilla

‘Godzilla’ is a faithful reboot

Film: Release Director: Rating: Starring: “Godzilla” May 16, 2014 Gareth Edwards 4 Aaron Johnson-Taylor Ken Watanabe Bryan Cranston When a modern reboot of a classic franchise is announced, audiences and fans often let loose a giant groan. In particular, the “Godzilla” franchise has a nasty streak of confusing rips and tears in its continuity, from […]

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Top 5 movies to look forward to this summer

Plenty of popcorn flicks and more underrated features are coming out this summer. Between nights around a bonfire and vacationing out of state, here are five movies to fill up that extra time.   “Guardians of the Galaxy” Director: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Benicio del Toro Release date: Aug. 1, 2014 Based on the […]

Bad Guy

‘Bad Guy’ meditates on evil, mixed results

Title: “Bad Guy” Director: Ki-duk Kim Release date: Feb. 11, 2005 Genre: Drama Country: South Korea Rating: 3/5 Some people are just born evil. As for the wordless sociopath at the center of “Bad Guy,” he’s got some good in him, but it shows in the worst ways. After being justifiably rejected by the virginal […]

Captain America

‘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 […]

“Moloch Tropical” doesn’t reach its ambitions

TV movies rightfully get a bad wrap. The Lifetime television network alone deserves a separate section at the Razzie awards. But, disproving the notion that TV movies are trash by nature, “Moloch Tropical” is an admirable attempt at making a lot with a little. The film follows fictional disgraced Haitian president Jean de Dieu Théogène’s […]

‘The Day the Sky Exploded’ is just boring

Before Italian science fiction lost its collective mind with madcap creations like “Super Argo and the Faceless Giants” and “King of Kong Island,” there was “The Day the Sky Exploded.” “Sky” is Italy’s humble first entry into the science fiction movie genre. And it’s boring. Trading the insane for the sane, the film follows a […]

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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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