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Why must it be so difficult to let a franchise run its course? A Good Day to Die Hard is one of those profoundly terrible films, one of no merit or enjoyability. It’s the epitome of a franchise running long past its prime, almost into self-mockery, yet even this film can’t infuse that slight bit of entertainment…. Read more »

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Safe Haven is the best Nicholas Sparks film since 2004’s The Notebook, which reminds me that, yes, romances can be engaging, and yes, they can still surprise us. This one’s being billed as a romance and a thriller, and while the latter element is much weaker than the former, it holds resonance when the film… Read more »

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Beautiful Creatures is a film that starts off creatively strong, but falls into the trap many of its genre face: heavy exposition and little character development. There’s a large, talented ensemble here, led by Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis, each with standout scenes. Yet this becomes a film of increasingly loud substance with… Read more »

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Identity Thief has two of the most likable comedic leads working today in Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, yet they fail to deliver on a premise that is really flimsy on the surface. There are some funny bits in the film, don’t get me wrong, but there aren’t any hilarious bits, or ones worth remembering…. Read more »

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This season of Girls is pushing forth the most complex comedy on television, in that it so deliberately balances screwball comedy with stark human drama. The titular characters this year are just as carefree, just as emotional, just as aggressive, and just as lovably flawed as ever. I say that with a sprinkle of hesitation… Read more »

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Chasing Ice is one of the most gravely important documentaries I’ve seen in years, a middle-finger to the naysayers of global warming and yet another reminder of how effective documentary filmmaking can be. This is a short, swift feature, coming in around 70 minutes, but this film is heaped with content on glaciers and their… Read more »

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21 and Over is ridiculous, narratively whacked, but above all incredibly funny and occasionally earnest, grounded in college emotion that I connected with instinctively. This is a raunchy and foul comedy in every sense of the word; I would elaborate on what makes it that way, but this film is based on surprise. It’s from… Read more »

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Stand Up Guys is a carefree film, but it’s also one that is harmless and pointless and severely disappointing. Three incredibly talented actors, all Oscar winners, showcase their talents in a film that runs too much on Viagra jokes and repeated plot points we’ve seen in better films. This is a likable film, one audiences… Read more »

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Safe Haven is the best Nicholas Sparks film since 2004’s The Notebook, which reminds me that, yes, romances can be engaging, and yes, they can still surprise us. This one’s being billed as a romance and a thriller, and while the latter element is much weaker than the former, it holds resonance when the film… Read more »

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Bullet to the Head is dumb, bloody, mindless fun, exactly what one would expect from a Sylvester Stallone-led film. His presence here is undeniably the focal point of the film, for he provides comedic relief, remarkable dexterity for a 60+ year old action star, and just all-around enjoyability for what he’s doing. The supporting cast… Read more »