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Dracula returns again: New Vlad not all that bad

October 15, 2014
Dracula returns again: New Vlad not all that bad

It’s quite a battle when it comes to the character that has been filmed the most.
Actually, it’s a fight between two characters with a couple more rather far behind.

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Hamlet and James Bond are the runners-up in the character contest, with 48 and 25, respectively. Two dudes are above the Prince of Denmark and 007 in the most appearances category.… Read the rest

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Fincher’s Gone Girl amps up the dread factor

October 8, 2014
Fincher’s Gone Girl amps up the dread factor

Not since The Hunger Games has the arrival of a popular novel to movie screens been so highly awaited.
That’s the case with Gone Girl, the popular novel that’s now the No. 1 movie in America.

About the film
Whenever David Fincher is attached to direct a movie, interest in it balloons.
Fincher is one of those guys who makes a picture his way and everyone involved knows it.… Read the rest

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Denzel the Equalizer to a pedestrian script

October 1, 2014
Denzel the Equalizer to a pedestrian script

It’s no secret that the Movie Man loves him some Denzel Washington.
That’s why it’s a little weird that the Movie Man missed two of Denzel’s biggest movies in theaters.

About the film
Every week, the Movie Man chooses which film he will see.
Sometimes that decision is made without question – when a big movie like the upcoming Interstellar arrives.
Other times he changes his mind at the last minute…just because.… Read the rest

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Some call it Maze: YA film kind of corny late

September 24, 2014
Some call it Maze: YA film kind of corny late

Trends in Hollywood are always copied. When teens flocked to Young Adult (YA) novel adaptations thanks to Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, the rush was on.
Yet, fickle teenagers have turned their collective noses up at most of the latest YA cinematic efforts.

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The list of misfires is long, including the still in theaters (if you hurry) The Giver as well as recent releases like Beautiful Creatures, The Host, and The Mortal Instruments.Read the rest

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The game stands tall, the movie not so much

September 17, 2014
The game stands tall, the movie not so much

The Movie Man dipped back – for the last time in a while, hopefully – to a movie that has been out a spell, When the Game Stands Tall.
It’s a film that fills more than one niche; it’s an inspirational movie, a sports picture, and one with a spiritual bent made, in part, by a “religious studio.”
 
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Cinematic history is full of inspirational movies, some of them sports films.… Read the rest

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Food movie light on weight, heavier on corn

September 10, 2014
Food movie light on weight, heavier on corn

With rare exceptions, women as they age don’t get primo, meaty roles.
Age is much less often an issue for men actors than women.

About the film
Three female actors seem immune to the cinematic “glass ceiling” – Judi Dench, Meryl Streep, and Helen Mirren.
Dench, 79, continues to impress; looking back, her career is laden with every sort of award.
She appears in art house movies like last year’s Philomena (2013, Movie Man No. 1073, 7) and blockbusters like the 2012 James Bond thriller Skyfall (MM # 1008, 8).… Read the rest

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CG-free November is a 1970’s spy throwback

September 3, 2014
CG-free November is a 1970’s spy throwback

There are plenty of actors who cobble together successful careers, following a now-traditional path – struggle early, move up on the ladder a bit, hit it big, then fade late career.
Pierce Brosnan is one of those.

About the film
Brosnan’s path to success – he is 61 – began from humble made-for-TV movie beginnings to a hit TV show starting in 1982, Remington Steele, with a role in a cult sci-fi/horror movie, Nomads (1986), mixed in.… Read the rest

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Latest graphic novel adaptation plenty graphic

August 27, 2014
Latest graphic novel adaptation plenty graphic

The follow up to 2005’s Sin City (Movie Man No. 606, a 5) took its time arriving. It’s finally here just over nine years later and, unfortunately, it suffers from the same woes of the original.

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The first one wasn’t a colossal hit at $74.1 million. But it had its fanboy base and that grew via in-home viewing.
This sequel is similar to the original with a couple of exceptions.… Read the rest

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Old Expendables soon to become Dependables?

August 20, 2014
Old Expendables soon to become Dependables?

Well, you can’t blame a guy for trying.
Sylvester Stallone has been churning out movies as he approaches the latter stage of his life. And a slew of them just haven’t been embraced.

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With a couple of exceptions, Stallone has had an astonishing stretch of snubbed movies. That duo of accepted films – Rocky Balboa (2006, Movie Man No. 698, 6) and The Expendables (2010, MM #892, 6).… Read the rest

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These Turtles? Heroes on a half (hearted) shell

August 13, 2014
These Turtles? Heroes on a half (hearted) shell

The fourth decade of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has arrived and here’s a new movie for a new generation.
The Turtles have had their ups and downs through the years.

About the film
The Turtles were first conceived in November 1983 when a couple of artists jokingly sketched out four turtles in ninja attire with weapons.
The Turtles’ origin story is patterned after Marvel Comics’ Daredevil. A canister bounces off a truck and the radioactive goo inside creates superpowers.… Read the rest

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