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Marvel-ous streak continues with Guardians

August 6, 2014
Marvel-ous streak continues with Guardians

The big gamble paid off and it’s official: Marvel Studios is on the kind of roll Pixar enjoyed. Marvel can seemingly do no wrong.

About the film
The studio created a Galactus-sized plan. Not only would a series of movies be made – some of them utilizing far from popular characters – but they would interlock with each other and be projected out for years in a series of “phases.”… Read the rest

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Purge binges on violence and social comment

July 23, 2014
Purge binges on violence and social comment

Hollywood folk will tell anyone who will listen that they usually have no idea whether a movie they just made will be a hit.
History is littered with “can’t miss” movies that cratered at the box office.
There is no fool-proof genre – one that, no matter the professional input or source – will be a guaranteed success.
That goes for thrillers, too.

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Dawn rises to the occasion as in Apes sequel

July 16, 2014
Dawn rises to the occasion as in Apes sequel

The Movie Man has visited before how rare it is when a sequel equals and (rarely) even surpasses the original.
While it doesn’t happen often, sometimes a second movie is mighty good. This is one of those times.

About the film
This recent Planet of the Apes reboot, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, follows a 2012 film that followed what many consider a disastrous “revisiting” of the 1968 original by quirky director Tim Burton back in 2001.… Read the rest

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Walk like a man to check out Jersey Boys

July 9, 2014
Walk like a man to check out Jersey Boys

Musical biographies occasionally pop up and soon more than usual will be landing in theaters.
If the newcomers are as good as Jersey Boys, then we’re in for some groovy movies.

About the film
(The Movie Man said he was going to see Tammy this week, but, since he’s like the common man only substantially more educated cinematically, he read the endless horrid reviews and witnessed its lukewarm weekend performance and passed. [The Movie Man’s tricky; he doesn’t always go see what he teases.])… Read the rest

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New Transformers will make your ears extinct

July 2, 2014
New Transformers will make your ears extinct

This review is Movie Man No. 1,094, and he can declare that Transformers: Age of Extinction is the loudest movie he has ever seen.

About the film
No snotty cinema lover goes to a Transformers movie expecting Citizen Kane. But the common Joe and Jane do.
The fact that the most hated director on the planet, Michael Bay, is behind the movies makes them even more kryptonite-y for those who consider film “art.” Oh, there’s art in the Transformers movies – this is No.… Read the rest

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Dragon 2 flies high but can’t reach original’s heights

June 25, 2014
Dragon 2 flies high but can’t reach original’s heights

The life of an animated movie can be a weird one. (Well, just like most movies, really.)

About the film
Any actor of any experience will tell you that they are sometimes amazed when the movie they made was a huge hit.
(And vice versa – when a sure-fire success tanks.)
Disney and Pixar dominate animation, of course.
But, you might be surprised to know that Dreamworks has churned out 29 animated movies since 1998.… Read the rest

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Crude, coarse 22 Jump Street funnier and knows it

June 18, 2014
Crude, coarse 22 Jump Street funnier and knows it

22 Jump Street surprised right off the bat and at the very end.

About the film
For only the second time in Movie Man history – this is review No. 1,093 – a movie was preceded by a red band trailer.
The past few years have seen an upsurge in the R-rated previews; however, the great majority of them are only viewed online (where several sites offer them).… Read the rest

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Time travel movie is Groundhog Day with aliens

June 11, 2014
Time travel movie is Groundhog Day with aliens

A brief review before the review:

About the film
The idea of the Movie Man a couple of decades ago was for a highly-educated person (the Movie Man, of course) to give the common man an unbiased account (well, mostly) of one of the bigger releases each week – all the while eschewing critics-only previews.
The Movie Man settles in with everyday folk at normal screenings – sticky floors, old popcorn, screaming brats, text messaging teens and all.… Read the rest

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Yawn, Maleficent casts a sleeping spell on audiences

June 4, 2014
Yawn, Maleficent casts a sleeping spell on audiences

There are chick flicks and kids movies then there are movies that attract both. Maleficent is one of those.

About the film
In a summer filled with male-oriented action/bromance/superhero movies what’s a woman – and her children – to do for film fun?
Disney, cruising with so much success in female-empowerment mode (Frozen [2012, Movie Man No. 1,064, 7] is now the most successful animated movie in history and the 19th movie to reach $400 million in America), perfectly planted Maleficent, a twist on Sleeping Beauty (1959).… Read the rest

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X marks the spot for another successful sequel

May 28, 2014
X marks the spot for another successful sequel

The Movie Man did something he hasn’t done in a long time: He shoehorned himself in amongst hordes of fanboys and fangirls at an advance showing of a movie.

About the film
We’ve discussed before how an audience can affect the enjoyment of a film – negatively through jabberers/phones/babies or positively when like-minded folks pack in to revel in a corporate experience.
In the case of superhero movies, the crowd with the Movie Man was highly twentysomethings-infested who applauded at the end, waited for the final credits stinger while talking excitedly, then huddled outside the theater entrance to smoke and discuss.… Read the rest

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