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Godzilla (2014)

As one of 2014’s most anticipated movies, it’s fair to say that Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla arrives with a myriad of expectations. Believe it or not, it meets them. As good old-fashioned retro blockbusters go, this amazing movie easily trumps the hackneyed hell’s-a-poppin’ approach of a Michael Bay or a McG. Instead, Edwards channels […]

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Wolf Creek 2

It’s been nine years since the brutal, nihilistic Wolf Creek was unleashed on audiences. A hit in its native Australia, Greg McLean’s film became notorious for its graphic scenes of torture. Reactions were predictably mixed – a rare “F” CinemaScore rating, balanced by vocal supporters – but the buzz wasn’t enough to generate box office, […]

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The 10 Best Giant Monster Movies of All Time

Godzilla rebooted? They tried once in 1998. The results were less than spectacular. Of course, when you put Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich on the job of bringing a beloved Japanese icon to Western eyes, what did you really expect? Quality? Now Hollywood has returned with another take on that famous oversized lizard, Godzilla, […]

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Neighbors

Adulthood sucks. Holding onto those last few moments of youth before the real world steps in and destroys your childhood/teenage dreams is the very definition of arrested adolescence. For the characters in Nicholas Stoller’s new comedy, Neighbors, preservation of the past is perhaps more important than anything in their lives — marriage, parenthood, education, or […]

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Frank L. Baum’s beloved books about Dorothy Gale and her adventures in the fantastical land of Oz have been in the public domain for decades. Sure, studios like Warner Bros. have confirmed their copyright on films and images (that’s why Sam Raimi had to uncover “new” characters for his Oz the Great and Powerful), but […]

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Palo Alto

Emma Roberts plays a high school senior in Palo Alto. Within the context of the movie, she’s convincing, containing multitudes: her April is insecure about her future, overlooked by her distracted mother, and both intrigued and frustrated by her classmate Teddy (Jack Kilmer). But by now Roberts has been playing a teenager for longer than […]

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Stage Fright

The idea of a horror musical hybrid seems preposterous to say the least. Imagine camp counselors bursting into song while being pursued by Jason Voorhees, or a killer stalking the halls of whatever the high school is called in Glee. But, this seemingly incongruous genre mixture has worked before. From the enduring camp of The […]

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The 10 Best Films About the Con Game

Toward the end of their final show as a band, Johnny “Rotten” Lydon of the British bad boys Sex Pistols screamed at an unappreciative audience the following beleaguered battle cry: “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” He was speaking both realistically (the band was awful that night) as well as metaphorically, since most of […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Sony’s desire to reboot the already popular Spider-Man franchise was the result of fear. It was afraid of where Sam Raimi was taking the comic book series, and it was afraid that the character would become buried by the competition coming from brand companion Marvel and its well-honed movie universe. So hiring Marc Webb (of (500) Days […]