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Reality of Fantasy

Back to the future? Dreary Tomorrowland focuses too much on the here and now

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director Brad Bird has led a charmed life in his relatively short directorial career. His debut, The Iron Giant, was critically acclaimed if not widely seen, a gig that led to two more highl ...


Explosive Moviemaking

Explosive moviemaking: Visually stunning Mad Max return is worth the 3D price of admission

By Alex Bentley

In Hollywood, especially in recent years, everything old is new again, with properties and franchises being revived years or even decades after they were last seen. Usually people who had little or ...


A Very French Relationship

Charming film about a daily two-hour love affair illustrates French American romantic divide

By Alex Bentley

The relationship sensibilities of American and French cultures collide in the new film 5 to 7, in which nascent writer Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin) finds himself drawn into an affair with a French w ...


Avengers Get Better

Avengers: Age of Ultron figures out the summer movie magic formula: Action, humor and a lot of heart

By Alex Bentley

With Avengers: Age of Ultron, the number of movies produced by Marvel Studios in their ongoing bid for world domination now numbers 11. That includes three Iron Mans, two Thors, two Captain America ...


A.I. Twist

Star Wars stars obsess on artificial intelligence in smart sci-fi thriller

By Alex Bentley

The obsession with — or fear of — artificial intelligence in movies dates back at least to the 1960s, starting with HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Since then, A.I. has made numerous appe ...


No Subtlety Here

Get Hard earns its R rating as Ferrell and Hart don't hold back in wild raunchy comedy

By Alex Bentley

When a movie title that’s as obvious a double entendre as Get Hard gets approved by the MPAA, you know that subtlety will not rule the day — especially when the film stars two comedians ...


Unscary Movie

Teen horror movie with terrifying sex has a clever twist but isn't as scary as it should be

By Alex Bentley

Every couple of years, a new horror movie comes along that genre fans proclaim to be the next big thing — either because it puts a clever twist on well-worn tropes or it gets back to the basi ...


Unintended Parody

It's no Hunger Games: Laughable Insurgent is ripe for Saturday Night Live parody

By Alex Bentley

Just after the release of 2014’s The Maze Runner, Saturday Night Live parodied the ever-growing genre of young adult dystopian films with the aptly named The Group Hopper. It was a clever tak ...


Movie Tme

Fairy tale fail: New Cinderella's just the same offensive, outdated women depend on men yawn

By Alex Bentley

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella. Adaptations of the European folk tale number into the hundreds — if not thousands — which means that any new iteration must distinguish itself fr ...


Movie Time

Smoldering sex appeal aside, Margot Robbie still plays second fiddle to a hit desperate Will Smith in Focus

By Alex Bentley

When done right, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a con man movie. It’s pure escapism, as the audience gets to revel in the “heroes” pulling one over on the clueless w ...


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