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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

Into the Woods

Disney’s big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical “Into the Woods” has plenty of charm and charisma to cover the tiredness of the film’s premise. Continue reading

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Annie (2014)

“Never slow your roll,” Annie is told in this modern-day update. Here’s hoping Quvenzhané Wallis heeds the advice, too. She’s all that treats instead of tricks. Continue reading

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Saving Mr. Banks

This look at the making of “Mary Poppins” is the charming confection you expect it might be, but here, spoonfuls of salt make the medicine go down. Continue reading

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages is a bloated, indulgent musical more reliant on cheap nostalgia than creative performances. Continue reading

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Pitch Perfect

Like its predecessor “Bring It On”, this sweet and snappy female-driven flick is smarter than it has any right to be. Continue reading

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The Burton Binge: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

This adaptation of the 1979 stage musical is easily Burton’s grimmest work. Continue reading

At the Mountains of Movie Madness: Week Nine

The rule of thumb this week is if it doesn’t involve dancing, it’s not a good movie. I know, I thought “Thankskilling” would be a winner, too! Continue reading

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Sparkle

“Sparkle” manages to be both overly flashy and exceedingly dull, with too much Jordin Sparks and too little Whitney Houston. Continue reading

At the Mountains of Movie Madness: Week Five

This week, Austin takes on a caveman who never died, a family that never backed down and a sexy Jeff Goldblum? Continue reading

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