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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies arrives on Blu-ray

It was the end of a cinematic era when Warner Brothers/New Line/MGM released the final film in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, and if you're interested in seeing my review of the film itself, you ...
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Gene Saks dead at 93

Long time Neil Simon collaborator Gene Saks has died at the age of 93. Saks helped Simon bring his two stage hits, Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple, to the big screen as ...
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Chicago can still razzle-dazzle ’em

"All That Jazz." "Cell Block Tango." "When You're Good to Mama." "Mr. Cellophane." "Razzle Dazzle." If you're a fan of Broadway musicals -- or movie musicals -- you know that those songs all came from ...
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Get Hard pushes the boundaries of political correctness

Get Hard is the latest comedy from Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and while Hart has seen his star ascend rather rapidly over the past year, Ferrell has hit kind of a plateau, teetering on the ...
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Danny Collins shows off Al Pacino at his best in years

I find it funny how the same sorts of themes repeat themselves in so many movies. There seems to be something about the industry that lends itself to examinations of existential crises, specifically about art ...
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Deli Man is a delicious and poignant look at a classic part of America

Ah, the smell of tradition! There are a lot cultures with traditional food that's hearty and not really that healthy. But there's also something to those people cobbling together great tasting dishes from the only ...
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Home is wherever you can be the most comfortable in your own skin

Sometimes the universe has an uncanny sense of irony. I cannot think of a better match than the new DreamWorks Animation film Home for me to review this week. You see, I’m feeling a bit ...
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Unbroken breaks out on Blu-ray

Unbroken is the true story of Louis Zamperini, Olympian and survivor of a plane crash during World War II. After surviving for 47 days adrift at sea he's then caught by the Japanese navy and ...
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The Gunman is like Taken but without any fun or a charismatic lead

Let me clarify for a moment. Sean Penn is not without charisma. But his character in this movie? A different story. Anyway ...The movie Taken did something astounding; with no exaggeration, it created a new career for Liam ...
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Kevin Hart fails to bring the funny to The Wedding Ringer

I was not particularly impressed Kevin Hart’s latest movie The Wedding Ringer. Don’t get me wrong, there were funny moments but in between I was kind of bored. The premise of this movie is that ...
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Power Rangers returns with new thrills, excitement and more ethnic diversity!

If there was ever a venerable children’s franchise that refused to die, Power Rangers may just be the one. What started in 1993 has now spawned a two decade long authorization of fun television programming, ...
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The Walking Dead: Is there too much going on?

 How much is too much?Based on common sense and experience, it's not unreasonable to believe we have a pretty good grasp of what "too much" means. Between you, me and every other reader out there, ...
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