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Arnold’s Gray-Haired Return: Franchise Still Deserves Termination

As you might recall, the first two entries in the Terminator franchise were pretty good. The makers of Terminator: Genisys agree, because they spend more time paying tribute to previous installments than taking the series in any meaningful new directions. Arnold Schwarzenegger notoriously said he’d be back, and indeed he is — still keeping the […]

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Why The Overnight Wasn’t Very Relaxing For a Sleepover

Production on The Overnight started to resemble a two-week slumber party at Adam Carolla’s house. The low-budget sex comedy was filmed almost entirely at the comedian’s Hollywood Hills mansion over two weeks’ worth of long nights, a process that director Patrick Brice said brought a graveyard-shift mentality to everybody on set. “It really all feels […]

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Beware of Max, An Ill-Conceived Salute to Military Dogs

There’s nothing about the titular canine that dooms Max, although the humans surrounding him are another story. In fact, the film suggests a worthwhile opportunity to salute military dogs who assist their soldiers both on the battlefield and the home front. Yet unfortunately it bogs down in sentimentality and melodramatic contrivances that reduce its emotional […]

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There’s More to Dope Than a 1990s Hip-Hop Fashion Flashback

There are three definitions given for the title at the beginning of Dope, and by the end, we’ve gone through them all. This dope coming-of-age comedy is about dopes and dope dealers, but it’s also a heartfelt and perceptive examination of urban cultural trends with style and energy to spare. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is certainly […]

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Director of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Finds No Fault in His Stars

Adapted from a young-adult bestseller, it’s set in a Midwestern high school, where a friendship between two sardonic students is threatened when she is diagnosed with cancer. Yes, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl naturally will draw comparisons to the thematically similar The Fault in Our Stars, which also was filmed in Pittsburgh, and […]

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Despite All the Spectacle, Jurassic World Is Lacking Dino Might

There have been more than two decades worth of technological advancements since the first Jurassic Park film, something that the makers of Jurassic World readily admit. It’s unfortunate that the script is more prehistoric, by comparison. Indeed, the latest installment in the big-budget franchise is an exercise in style over substance, with the visual thrills […]

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