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Class of 1983: “Twilight Zone: The Movie”

It’s the middle ground between wowing and worthless, between so great and so what. It is an area which we call “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” Continue reading

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Class of 1993: Demolition Man

Showing the Hollywood sign in flames is not for nothing, for “Demolition Man” torches suppositions that a Stallone-Snipes movie must be brain-dead. Continue reading

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RED 2

Three years ago, “RED” stood for “Retired, Extremely Dangerous.” In this unnecessary, uninspired sequel, it’s more like “Redundant, Extremely Disappointing.” Continue reading

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Class of 1993: “So I Married an Axe Murderer”

Those who remember this 1993 comedy quote the loud, Scottish-accented putdowns. But they’re remiss in forgetting the rest of this early gem from Mike Myers. Continue reading

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

With the exception of a few throwaway bits, the only convincing bit of hocus pocus in this comedy is the one that makes all the laughs disappear. Continue reading

The Metaphysics of Toy Story, Part I

From life to death, from breath to dreams, the metaphysics of Pixar’s “Toy Story” movies are a fascinating example of how films maintain their internal logic. Continue reading

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The Internship

“The Internship” works as T-shirt-and-jeans comedy — loose-fit comfort and casual, with ’80s plot points faded into its fabric like decades-old salsa stains. Continue reading

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The Purge

A shotgun marriage between real and fictional fearmongering that invites you to the wedding, lets you decide on which side to sit, and definitely omits a sermon. Continue reading

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Now You See Me

If a trick really is something a whore does for money, “Now You See Me” is a cut-above illusion that plays fanciful, fast and loose, but more or less fair. Continue reading

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Class of 1993: “Last Action Hero”

Driven less by mammoth ego and more by wild, unchecked id, “Last Action Hero” works as a riotous comedy and a rigorous case study of why we go to the movies. Continue reading

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