MOVIE MAN

‘Game’ stands in need of a fleshed-out script

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Movie Man

The Movie Man dipped back - for the last time in a while, he hopes - to a movie that has been out a spell, "When the Game Stands Tall."

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Food movie light on character, heavy on corn

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Movie Man

With rare exceptions, women as they age don't get primo, meaty roles. Helen Mirren is one of those exceptions.

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‘November’ a ’70s throwback you’ll forget

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Movie Man

There are plenty of actors who cobble together successful careers, following a now-traditional path - struggle early, move up on the ladder a bit, hit it big, then fade late. Pierce Brosnan is one of those.

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‘Sin City’ sequel looks good, less filling

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
By Movie Man

The follow-up to 2005's "Sin City" (a 5) took its time arriving. Nine years later, it's finally here - and it's even worse than the original.

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‘Expendables’ not the Depend-ables just yet

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Movie Man

Well, you can't blame a guy for trying. Sylvester Stallone has been churning out movies as he approaches the latter stage of his life. And a slew of them just haven't been embraced. Here's another one that's difficult to love.

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Latest ‘Turtles’ are heroes on a half (hearted) shell

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By Movie Man

The fourth decade of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" has arrived and here's a new movie for a new generation. The Turtles have had their ups and downs through the years.

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‘Guardians’ keeps Marvel’s master plan on track

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
By Movie Man

The big gamble paid off and it's official: Marvel Studios is on the kind of roll Pixar enjoyed. Marvel can seemingly do no wrong.

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‘Hercules’ myth mash-up ungodly to some

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Movie Man

Some folks are sticklers for accuracy. When it comes to cinematic adaptations, they don't want their beloved novels/comics/history messed with.

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“Purge” sequel less tense, makes less sense

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Movie Man

Hollywood folk will tell anyone who will listen that they usually have no idea whether a movie they just made will be a hit. History is littered with "can't miss" movies that cratered at the box office.

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‘Dawn’ sequel rises to the occasion

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Movie Man

The Movie Man has visited before how rare it is when a sequel equals and (rarely) even surpasses the original. While it doesn't happen often, sometimes a second movie is mighty good. This is one of those times.

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Walk like a man to check out ‘Jersey Boys’

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By Movie Man

Musical biographies occasionally pop up, and soon, more than usual will be landing in theaters.

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Tranformers will make your ears extinct

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By Movie Man

This review is Movie Man No. 1,094, and he can declare that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is the loudest movie he's ever seen.

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‘Dragon 2′ flies high but can’t reach original’s heights

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By Movie Man

The life of an animated movie can be a weird one. (Well, just like most movies, really.)

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Coarse ’22 Jump Street’ funnier and knows it

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Movie Man

"22 Jump Street" surprised - right off the bat and at the very end.

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Time-travel movie is ‘Ground Hog Day’ with aliens

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Movie Man

The idea of the Movie Man a couple of decades ago was for a highly-educated person (the Movie Man, of course) to give the common man an unbiased account (well, mostly) of one of the bigger releases each week - all the while eschewing critics-only previews.

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‘Maleficent’ spell putting audiences to sleep

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
By Movie Man

There are chick flicks and kids movies then there are movies that attract both. "Maleficent" is one of those.

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New ‘X-Men’ flick a feast for fanboys/girls

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
By Movie Man

The Movie Man did something he hasn't done in a long time. He shoehorned himself in amongst hordes of fanboys and fangirls at an advance showing of a movie.

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‘Godzilla’ rampages through box offices and childhood memories

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
By Movie Man

Who doesn't like Godzilla? Not many, judging from the fact that the groovy Japanese monster is 60 years old, has been in 40 movies, and this latest cinematic rendition of the creature raked in $93 million over the weekend.

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Bad ‘Neighbors’ in every sense of the word

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
By Movie Man

Quickly it becomes apparent that this 2014 "Neighbors" has no relation to the 1981 version that was, sadly, John Belushi's final movie.

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Spidey vs. Electro, Green Goblin, Rhino and mush

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
By Movie Man

Surely we're not seeing the evolution of the superhero movie, are we?

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