Klement Ford

MOVIE MAN

Though grand, this ‘Hotel’ is not for everyone

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
By Movie Man

Some people like to go to the movies to escape. Some are curious about how a favorite novel might be adapted. Some love superheroes. Some dig spaceships or being scared.

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It’s shield vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. in ‘Cap 2′

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Movie Man

So far, so good for the recent spate of Marvel superhero movies.

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New ‘Noah’ tale awash in weirdness

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
By Movie Man

OK, "Noah" was weird enough. Then the movie ended, and things got weirder.

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‘Muppets’ round 2 not exactly a knockout

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
By Movie Man

Alas, here's another sequel that sadly lives up to the Second Movie Theory: the predecessor is usually better.

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Ultra-violent “300″ sequel a 3-D wonder

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
By Movie Man

The Movie Man jumped back a week to catch "300: Rise of an Empire" for two reasons.

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Time-traveling dog will make Boomers smile

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Movie Man

It's always tricky to mess with Baby Boomers' beloved TV shows. Sometimes big screen versions work, sometimes they don't.

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Groovy hippie Jesus a Hollywood throwback

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
By Movie Man

We've discussed before about great untapped movie audiences - Hispanics and Christians, to name a couple.

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Explosive ancient math: “Gladiator” + “Titanic” = “Pompeii”

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By Movie Man

The Movie Man expected a big ol' chunk of epic cheese with "Pompeii." Based on dorky trailers, it looked like a standard 3 or so.

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‘RoboCop’ part man, part machine, all boring

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By Movie Man

Not many people are crazy about the reboot of "RoboCop."

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(Almost) everything is awesome in “Lego Movie”

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By Movie Man

Just when making movies based on popular toys appeared to have run its course - the "Transformers" were big but "Battleship" (2012, a 4) tanked - along comes a film about Lego building blocks.

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Dench carries ‘Philomena’ not quite far enough

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Movie Man

The Movie Man did what he said he would do; he jumped back to a 2013 movie instead of one of the two boring-looking new releases - "That Awkward Moment" and "Labor Day," the latter already being ridiculed for the "pie-making scene," a so-inadvertently-bad-it's-horribly-painfully-funny "Ghost" pottery-making reference.

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Frankenstein monster movie lacks electricity

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Movie Man

Ah, Frankenstein's monster! That wonderful creature from the Movie Man's youth has been through hundreds of film incarnations.

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‘Shadow Recruit’ proves a shaky reboot for Ryan franchise

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Movie Man

"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" broke the record for the trailer the Movie Man saw the most times.

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Superior actors ‘Hustle’ to awards stand

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
By Movie Man

There are all sorts of movies and everyone has their favorite genre.

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‘Mitty’ a plus on Stiller’s resume

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
By Movie Man

Invariably, some good movies get lost in the year-end glut and just never find their audience while others - duds dumped into the holiday by studios hoping for at least some return - surprise by doing better than expected.

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Clash of the Titans: Poppins vs. Mickey

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
By Movie Man

Before we get to the final official review of 2013, let's look back on the Best and Worst of the Year.

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This just in: Second ‘Anchorman’ painfully unfunny

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
By Movie Man

Comments from Will Ferrell pictures are not alone in inserting themselves into the Movie Man family. Like with many other films, Movie Family picks up comic sayings, and they become part of the family's historical record.

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Dragon movie drags a little

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By Movie Man

The Movie Man came out of "The Desolation of Smaug," the second of three "Hobbit" movies, with a familiar feeling.

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Disney gives its history the cold shoulder

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By Movie Man

A great animated movie is good fun for everyone. Right now, there are a couple of examples out there where one cartoon is being panned and the other lauded.

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