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Toyland Weekend at the Movies

Hope Madden Hope Madden Toyland Weekend at the Movies

Whether you’re more interested in Sheriff Woody’s existential crisis or Chucky’s needy bloodlust, your doll fetish is covered. I think the important thing to keep in mind is that one of these films is nearly perfect. Which one, I wonder? Toy Story 4 by Hope Madden Almost 25 years ago, Pixar staked its claim as […]

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Thompsons, Shafts and Ghouls in Theaters

Hope Madden Hope Madden Thompsons, Shafts and Ghouls in Theaters

Wow, big week. It’s uncommon for a summer weekend to see so many studio releases all at once – does that mean the competition’s not that sure about the “blockbuster” status of Men In Black: International? Well, they’re not wrong. Not that it’s bad, exactly, but what else is there to see? Late Night by […]

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Misbehaving X-Men, Pets & Lovers in Theaters

George Wolf George Wolf Misbehaving X-Men, Pets & Lovers in Theaters

Well, the blockbusters range from mediocre to poor, but there is one indie you need to check out. Here’s the skinny. Dark Phoenix by Hope Madden and George Wolf Hey, remember back in ’06 when director Brett Ratner and writer Simon Kinberg crashed the X-Men franchise into oblivion by telling the story of how the […]

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Godzilla, Rocketmen and Monster Moms in Theaters

Hope Madden Hope Madden Godzilla, Rocketmen and Monster Moms in Theaters

Flashes, explosions, loud noises — Godzilla may not deliver the goods, but Elton John seems to be able. Here’s a look at your kaiju and non-kaiju fare on screens this week. Godzilla: King of the Monsters by Hope Madden and George Wolf Must we destroy everything that challenges us, or is humanity’s only salvation an […]

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Genies, Supervillains, Shadows and Smart Girls Gettin’ Nutty in Theaters

George Wolf George Wolf Genies, Supervillains, Shadows and Smart Girls Gettin’ Nutty in Theaters

Aladdin by George Wolf Stepping in for Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin was always going to be a thankless task, but while everyone was busy debating the casting of Will Smith, the director’s chair went largely unnoticed. Could Guy Ritchie, who’s evolved from rough and tumble British crime capers (Snatch) to both big […]

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Canine Crusaders Unseating Avengers?

Hope Madden Hope Madden Canine Crusaders Unseating Avengers?

For the first time since its release, Endgame may get bumped to runner up at the box office. Can John Wick take them down? He does have some skills. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum by Hope Madden John F. Wick. You have to tip your hat to a filmmaker who understands his strengths and […]

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Geriatric Cheerleaders, Satanic Temples, and Other Weirdness in Theaters

Hope Madden Hope Madden Geriatric Cheerleaders, Satanic Temples, and Other Weirdness in Theaters

Man, there are a lot of movies opening this weekend. None really has a shot at unseating Endgame for the top spot, although Keanu and his dog might be eyeballing that seat for next week. In the meantime, though, studios and indies alike are taking a chance at capturing your imagination. Mostly they fail, but […]

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