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Updated Mar 4, 2015 at 4:14 PM

You know when you’ve seen previews for a movie and you immediately know it isn’t going to be any good? And after you hear the bad reviews and hear from a friend that is wasn’t great, you figured you were right? And yet, for some reason, you still wanted to see that movie?

Posted Feb 27, 2015 at 1:01 AM

If someone tried to put together a Reviving Dead People film festival, there wouldn’t be enough films in the genre to actually call it a festival. There’s “Frankenstein” (the feat was accomplished via electricity), “Pet Sematary” (overnight burial...

Posted Feb 27, 2015 at 1:00 AM

The best way to approach this film is to immediately dispense with its problems. The first half is stronger and more entertaining than what comes after it. Due to the surprising, and surprising amount of, twists it takes, a second viewing won’t hold...

Updated Feb 26, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Before he ever thought of being a movie director, Neill Blomkamp was pretty handy with a pencil and a pad of paper. Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, he was, as he puts it, “unbelievably visually-oriented. I would draw relentlessly. Then I...

Updated Feb 26, 2015 at 9:34 AM

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Updated Feb 20, 2015 at 4:56 PM

Oscar season officially ends tomorrow, when the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences will announce this year's winners in 24 categories including best picture. Before the big night, I thought I'd share my picks for the best movies and performances of...

Updated Feb 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Sunday is the night of all nights for the film world: The Academy Awards. Nominations for the year’s most outstanding films, actors, directors and creative teams were unveiled Jan. 15, and the outcome is still all but certain in the biggest...

Posted Feb 20, 2015 at 1:01 AM

A time machine is the only means to get back the 93 minutes wasted on “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.” The sequel to director Steve Pink’s (“Accepted”) 2010 laugh-a-minute, time-travel raunch fest finds itself stuck in a warp of recycled gags centered...

Posted Feb 20, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Pop quiz, part one: When was the last time you saw a strong performance by Kevin Costner? Last year’s “Black or White?” “Man of Steel” from the year before? The woefully underrated “The Upside of Anger” almost a decade ago? Or do you stubbornly go...

Posted Feb 20, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Hollywood is always aiming a big chunk of its movies at teen audiences. So it’s no surprise that lots of films make sure to take on the subject of teens and social issues. Top of my head: “Blackboard Jungle,” “Mean Girls,” “Kids,” “Juno,” “The...

Updated Feb 19, 2015 at 4:15 PM

We hear a lot about Islamic fundamentalists terrorizing people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but seldom does the media acknowledge the atrocities taking place in sub-Saharan Africa, where the al-Qaeda-backed Ansar Dine is cruelly enforcing sharia...

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