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Ice Age: Collision Course Melts in Your Brain Not in Your Heart

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Ice Age: Collision Course is the animated equivalent of a disaster film for kids - not just as an end-of-the-world spectacle, but as an end of my rope tolerance for a poorly scripted film.  This is - what? - the fourt...

Absolutely Fabulous is Absolutely ‘Meh’

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When fashion-designer Jean Paul Gaultier shows up on the waterfront and confronts a sopping wet fashion icon, the preview audience for the feature length movie version of the highly successful British television comed...

The Dark Stranger- Familiar Strangers

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  The reason I watched The Dark Stranger,not just once or twice but three times is that it trapped me in a paradox where I couldn't help but think that this is something so very different and yet so very famil...

Steve Jobs works but goes into overtime

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The mythology of Steve Jobs continues in a rather flashy and hurried manner that manages to convey a far more adequate amount of truth in its creative-non-fiction than its predecessor, the Ashton Kutcher vehicle, JOBS...

Crimson Peak – Mary Shelley would be proud but audiences might feel left out

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Even without the pleasure of having read a Guillermo del Toro novel (3 fiction, 1 non) it is easy to see from CRIMSON PEAK, that director del Toro understands literature.  There is more in common with the literary sty...

TIFF The Season to be Jolly – A much belated capsule round-up of TIFF2015

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THE WAVE (Norway) Waterlogged in disaster film cliches and not-so-great effects THE WAVE boasts of one dramatic and disturbing death scene the kind of which doesn't often appear in this type of film.  That, along...

COOTIES – A Somewhat Contagious Zombie Movie

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At some point someone will point out that COOTIES, a horror-comedy about a school full of young summer-students turned zombies, is a shameless barrage of gleeful violence against children and that's got to be bad.  So...

BLACK MASS – Johnny out of his Depth?

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James "Whitey" Bulger, the most notorious, and violent gangsters to reign the crime syndicate in South Boston.  Sounds pretty specific - all of Boston, then I'm impressed, but just the South?  Then you figure that Bul...

EVEREST – Takes Audiences to New Heights Before Snowballing Into Melodrama

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EVEREST is indeed a sight.  A movie that climbs fittingly to the apex before tumbling back down.  Presumably the thrill in climbing Everest is in the ascent rather than the descent - so too is the thrill of the movie....

THE VISIT – Not Just Hugs and Home Baked Cookies

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If M. Night Shyamalan doesn't quite break his run of disappointing film efforts with this latest project , THE VISIT, he's certainly showing evidence that the curve is bending in the right direction.  THE VISIT puts a...

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