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Fourth Mad Max movie runs out of gas late

May 20, 2015
Fourth Mad Max movie runs out of gas late

You don’t see movies like this much anymore.
Aside from daring non-CGI action sequences – a lot of them – there are some shocking, startling, and downright squeamishly freakish scenes and visions in Mad Max: Fury Road – the sort of sequences you seldom see in a major release these days.

About the movie
Director George Miller birthed the original Max who was played by Mel Gibson in 1979. (The Movie Man remembers chuckling when seeing a TV trailer for Mad Max where the narrator seriously intoned “starring Mel Gibson.” In America, Gibson was a complete unknown yet here he was being boldly lauded.… Read the rest

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Laugh Pursuit exhausting in female buddy film

May 13, 2015
Laugh Pursuit exhausting in female buddy film

Hot Pursuit is one of those movies where you get what you pay for. However, it’s not to be confused for another movie of the same title – a trait that happens with regularity throughout film history.

About the film
The plot of Hot Pursuit is nothing new – another mismatched, female buddy movie. Even its title is not original. (At first, it was Don’t Mess with Texas – even though it was filmed in Louisiana.)… Read the rest

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Avengers 2 not super-duper but still good fun

May 6, 2015
Avengers 2 not super-duper but still good fun

As everyone on the planet expected, the Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron, dominated the world box office. In fact, that takeover began the week before when Ultron raked in millions overseas before its U.S. release.
The question was: Would it be a record breaker?

About the film
Like Furious 7 (Movie Man No. 1134, a 5) enjoyed, no film is lined up for a while to stop the box office rampaging of Age of Ultron.Read the rest

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Movie Man: Knows all, sees all this summer

April 29, 2015
Movie Man: Knows all, sees all this summer

Ah, trying to divine what the top 10 movies of the summer will be – always a Movie Man favorite.
This year, curiously, the No. 1 pick has never been simpler.
It’s after that one that things get tricky.

This summer’s biggies
Here’s how the blockbuster season will likely shake out:
1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1).
The Movie Man has already said that this would be the year of two $1,000,000,000 dollar movies; the shocking success of Furious 7 (Movie Man No. 1134, a 5) will make it three.… Read the rest

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Second Mall Cop movie got robbed of laughs

April 22, 2015
Second Mall Cop movie got robbed of laughs

 

Movie Wife has a ready answer as to why movies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop and this week’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 are so successful. Excluding animated movies, there are few silly, PG films aimed directly at kids. She’s right.

About the film
Eyes opened back in 2009 when the original Blart raked in big money, taking in an out-of-nowhere haul of $146.3 million domestically. (The Movie Man passed on Blart in ’09; he instead reviewed My Bloody Valentine 3D [Movie Man No. 808, a 4].)… Read the rest

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Man, The Longest Ride is certainly aptly titled

April 15, 2015
Man, The Longest Ride is certainly aptly titled

Chick flicks will be around forever. While TV networks like Lifetime cater to the same crowd that often devours “bodice-ripper” novels, many women love a full-bore romantic movie, too.

About the film
The Longest Ride is yet another adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. When The Notebook became such a colossal success, Sparks became a go-to for female-centric books.
Like with every other romantic/dramatic movie, every icky plot trope can be found: a cute meeting; differing personalities must find a way to overcome their seemingly impossible separate worlds; an old person is introduced, mirroring the modern day relationship with one that took place decades ago; lots of flashbacks; long, slow kisses; someone has a terrible secret from the past; there’s an inevitable break-up; finally one partner sees the light; everybody ends up happy.… Read the rest

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Furious car movie is anything but fast

April 8, 2015
Furious car movie is anything but fast

As expected, Furious 7 – yet another sequel in the Fast and the Furious series – destroyed the April record book.
With its gigantic take of $144 million, you can be sure that another movie looms in the series – even with the death of a major actor, Paul Walker.
His isn’t the most famous post-death role, but it’s up there.

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Home is a safe place to take your children

April 1, 2015
Home is a safe place to take your children

In these days of social media, everyone is a critic.
And, sometimes, their cyber-waves can cause damage to a movie.
Certainly Tweeters and Facebookers had a go at one of the voice stars of Home these last couple of weeks.

About the film
Lots of folks were not too crazy about the heavily-tattooed Rihanna being the star of a child-slanted animated movie.
Her music isn’t exactly kid friendly with songs like “S&M” and albums that are slapped with Explicit Content labels.… Read the rest

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Guns and gazes: The revolution is so angsty

March 25, 2015
Guns and gazes: The revolution is so angsty

Teens are the primary audience for many movies and that’s certainly true for this recent spate of adaptations of Young Adult novels.
From Harry Potter to the Twilight werewolves and vampires to Katniss Everdeen, teen moviegoers can make or break a YA franchise.
For all the hits above, plenty of YA movies miss big time. Then there’s the Divergent series.

About the film
The Movie Man did not officially review Divergent; that week, last March, he chose Muppets Most Wanted (2014, Movie Man No. 1080, 4).… Read the rest

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Bibbity-Bobbity-Bore: Cinderella lacks magic

March 18, 2015
Bibbity-Bobbity-Bore: Cinderella lacks magic

This week’s Movie Man will have a couple of Downton Abbey references. And mentions of some old Disney cartoons.

About the film
Cinderella is a continuation of one of the many areas in which the Mouse House rules. There are cable channels and shows, straight-to-video movies, Broadway versions of early Disney production, and even ice shows.
Now, the studio is taking old animated movies/characters from decades past and creating live-action films.… Read the rest

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