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It’s Not “Game Over” For Videogame Movies

Here’s a list of every great movie based on a videogame: Short list, huh? It’s not news that movies based on videogames are terrible. We all know that they run the gamut from “Well, I guess that didn’t completely suck” (Tomb Raider, Silent Hill), to abysmal (Need For Speed, the current Hitman: Agent 47), to downright unwatchable (Wing […]

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We Are Your Friends

If Magic Mike XXL was a little too cavalier and free-wheeling for your summer party tastes, now there’s We Are Your Friends, which is like XXL’s syrupy, moralizing second cousin. Whereas XXL opted to forego silly cinematic trappings like caution, or consequences, or, ya know, narrative, this new Zac Efron vehicle presents itself with similar […]

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Sinister 2

How do you prefer your Sinister? Do you like the notion of mysterious Super 8 films spilling snuff-like visions of death out over an intriguing and occasionally dark mystery, or would you rather see 88 minutes of that clown-faced demon soul sucker Bughuul bouncing around like Freddy Krueger with a need for attention. Well, the […]

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

“Mod” is the first word that springs to mind when describing The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and it also functions as a pretty effective review in and of itself. The signature ‘60s British subculture seems to be injected into this film’s veins, even though few of the characters are British and they never once step foot […]

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Straight Outta Compton

The history of rap can be written in two specific ways — B.NWA and A.NWA. Before the celebrated Compton hip-hop act became part of the cultural conversation, the musical subgenre was constantly dissed as a fad with a limited (read: urban minority) appeal. Even with RUN-DMC teaming up with Aerosmith to legitimize their sonic output […]

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The Gift

The past comes back to haunt the characters in Joel Edgerton’s effective thriller The Gift, a riff on the stalker psycho slow burn examples of the genre which populated pay cable and the direct-to-video market during the ’80s and ’90s. It’s not about jump scares and false starts. Instead, as a first time filmmaker, Edgerton […]

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

When the history of Tom Cruise’s career is written, the Mission: Impossible movies might end up as nothing more than a footnote. These effective action efforts, using the spy genre and its thriller elements as the foundation for an auteur-based franchise, really isn’t about acting. Sure, it takes a performer with some level of skill […]