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Class of 1985: “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”

Despite its introduction of the immediately iconic Thunderdome arena, this Mad Max tale can’t quite bridge a directorial split. Continue reading

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The Age of Adaline

Despite frustrating first and final acts, “The Age of Adaline” eases into easygoing, effective melodrama thanks to a most unlikely savior. Continue reading

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Furious Seven

It respectfully sends off Paul Walker amid momentum microbursts, but “Furious Seven” feels more like joyless, obligatory due diligence than a fun thrill ride. Continue reading

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Class of 1985: “The Last Dragon”

Striking a funky, daffy, multi-genre, low-budget sweet spot, “The Last Dragon” takes an inner-city poke at the hero’s journey without taking the piss out of it. Continue reading

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The Gunman

An ill fit for Sean Penn on fronts of art and altruism, “The Gunman” plays like something the actor, co-writer and producer probably loathes: “voluntourism.” Continue reading

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Run All Night

Wheezing, limping and lumbering all night much more than it runs, Liam Neeson’s most arthritic action movie to date isn’t one with a number wedged in its title. Continue reading

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Chappie

“Chappie” is neither the easy kind of bad nor the sort from which co-writer / director Neill Blomkamp can’t bounce back … but damn, does it hurt to watch. Continue reading

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Class of 1995: “Stuart Saves His Family”

Upending expectations of the “Saturday Night Live” subgenre, “Stuart Saves His Family” is good enough and smart enough to paint a seriocomic portrait of misery. Continue reading

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2

The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome comedy sequel we didn’t need, “HTTM 2″ proves some bottles aren’t built to hold much more than a single bolt of lightning. Continue reading

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Two Days, One Night

A social drama with real sting & a commanding turn by Marion Cotillard, this is a fascinating field study of life on the financial fringes of the working class. Continue reading

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