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Ant-Man tunnels its way into Marvel pantheon

July 22, 2015
Ant-Man tunnels its way into Marvel pantheon

Marvel Comics has mined its catalogue for its most popular heroes: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, and the Avengers all have made a ton of cash. (It looks like the upcoming FF is going to be much better than its predecessors.)
Iron Man (2008, Movie Man No. 771, an 8, Best of Year) – still the top Marvel movie for the Movie Man – was a second tier character, much like this week’s Ant-Man.
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Minions: Mellow yellow fellows say hello again

July 15, 2015
Minions: Mellow yellow fellows say hello again

The first Despicable Me (2010, Movie Man No. 885, a 7) was mighty good even without those strange gibberish-uttering yellow beings devoted to Gru running around everywhere.
It was the critters that took off in popularity, however, and the public still can’t get enough.

About the film
Minions is a cinematic kin to the Penguins of the Madagascar movies. The creatures and penguin were not part of the central plot of their films, but they caught eyes.
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Arnold comes back again to Terminate stuff

July 8, 2015
Arnold comes back again to Terminate stuff

Nothing hurts your head more than a time travel movie.
There’s all kinds of crazy rules (depending on the film’s conceit): you can’t touch yourself in the future or past; you can’t step on anything (see the classic 1994 Simpsons episode “Time and Punishment” in “Treehouse of Horror V”); things will get wonky in the future if you fiddle with any past event.
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Ted 2: Simply ‘1’ of the worst movies ever made

July 1, 2015
Ted 2: Simply ‘1’ of the worst movies ever made

The seemingly impossible has occurred: A worse movie than Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Movie Man No. 1136, 3) has arrived.
Ted 2 is awful – so horrible that it goes down as one of the all-time terrible movies in the history of cinema.

About the film
The Movie Man isn’t one to give out many 1s – it is far and away the number readers are least likely to see. (Well, there has never been nor will ever be a 10 – only Movie Wife merits that high cotton rating.)
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Emotional rescue theme of Pixar’s latest hit

June 24, 2015
Emotional rescue theme of Pixar’s latest hit

For a long time, the genius animators at Pixar seemed to never miss; it looked like they would produce an endless series of exceptional movies.
However, a few years back, the winning streak ended for the studio. But it has righted the ship with Inside Out.

About the film
The Movie Man has seen every full-length Pixar movie. Here they are from best to worst.
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Fourth Jurassic Park movie is a real monster

June 17, 2015
Fourth Jurassic Park movie is a real monster

 

As usual, it’s sequel/series city this summer. That’s been the case for quite a number of years now. In fact, we’ve already seen several sequels/series continuations arrive so far this year.

About the film
While Jurassic World has proven to be a colossal box office hit, the majority of 2015 sequels have done nicely so far, too.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 tanked big time back in February at a mere $12.3 million, but Insurgent, the second Divergent movie, did much better.
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Actors pull out the stops in crude, funny Spy

June 10, 2015
Actors pull out the stops in crude, funny Spy

Certain actors are sometimes liked more than others, for no discernible reason. That’s true even for the Movie Man.

About the film
Spy stars Melissa McCarthy and the Movie Man is a major fan, almost as much as he is for last week’s San Andreas (Movie Man No. 1142, 5) star Dwayne Johnson.
McCarthy is pulling off quite the rare feat – skillfully weaving back and forth from a successful TV show (Mike and Molly) and big screen hits.
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San Andreas shakes out disaster movie cliches

June 3, 2015
San Andreas shakes out disaster movie cliches

Theses days, disaster movies show up occasionally. Some hit, some miss. But the heyday of the genre was back in the 1970’s when the template was set.

About the film
The granddaddy of disaster movies is The Poseidon Adventure (1972). (Well, the first great disaster movie was When Worlds Collide in 1951, but the genre really arrived during America’s greatest movie decade, the 1970’s.)
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Forecast for Disney’s Tomorrowland: Boring

May 27, 2015
Forecast for Disney’s Tomorrowland: Boring

Ah, Disney: The kings of making bland, forgettable movies – films that look so fantastic in advance and end up being “well, that was okay, I guess.” Tomorrowland is another one of those.

About the film (spoiler)
The Movie Man got suckered in to putting Tomorrowland on his top 10 for the summer; that might become a rare Movie Man misfire.
While the advance notices were not great, Disney put on a big push to get audiences to the movie. But there’s some grumbling out there that the PG rating is too light.
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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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