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Dracula Untold

Dracula is recast as a prefab straight-arrow hero. In other, stranger words you wouldn’t think could possibly be strung together, a safer, cuddlier Dracula. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Class of 1994: “Léon”

More like a journey than just a joy-buzzer jolt of action, “Léon” is the movie people mean whey they rave about “The Professional.” Continue reading

4 yaps

Class of 1984: “All of Me”

Under director Carl Reiner’s devilishly deft touch, “All of Me” is 1944 by way of 1984, but its true timelessness emanates in Steve Martin’s epic performance. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Class of 1984: “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension”

“Buckaroo” endures because it’s impossible for something so bizarre to not be somewhat interesting. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Get On Up

The James Brown story does everything most other musician biopics do, but none of them does it better than “Get On Up.” Continue reading

2.5 yaps

Class of 1994: “The Shadow”

Despite episodic fits and starts of nostalgic glee, “The Shadow” is a temperamental trinket without the temerity to truly explore its hero’s dark side. Continue reading

4 yaps

Class of 1994: “Fear of a Black Hat”

This mockumentary spoof lampoons gangster-rap luminaries but more furiously lambastes those who embraced the genre to pursue a bank account, not a battle cry. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Class of 1984: “Stop Making Sense”

Accessible and arty (like Talking Heads itself), Jonathan Demme’s concert film comes vibrantly alive as a story of artistic expression at its most incandescent. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

With aggression more akin to Christopher Nolan’s Batman films than Marvel’s pop spectacle, this sequel tests Cap’s mettle & metal in mighty, entertaining ways. Continue reading

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Sabotage

A cacophonous, purposeless mishmash of mayhem and murder whose stink nestles in the nostrils while asking far too much of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Continue reading

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