MOVIE MAN

Sequel answers the question: Can it get even ‘Dumber’?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Movie Man

Funny is a tricky thing. What makes one person laugh is flat-out unfunny to someone else. Humor-wise, movies have run the gamut - and like a few other things, it runs downhill.

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Space movie looks good but it’s no sci-fi classic

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Movie Man

It seems we've been mighty "2001: A Space Odyssey"-intensive lately, and that's certainly not going to change this week.

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‘Nightcrawler’ an old-school ’70s crime throwback

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Movie Man

"Gritty" movies have been around for a while. From the film noir of the 1940s and early '50s to the realistic crime movies of the 1970s, there's a history of dark, macho movies that evolved into a genre.

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Murray saves generic feel-good weeper

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Movie Man

How could anyone not like Bill Murray? Whether you've been there from the "Saturday Night Live" days, or came along when Murray's movie career became his focus, he's consistently funny.

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War movie fans tank-ful for ‘Fury’

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
By Movie Man

Of all the cinematic genres, the Movie Man is least crazy about war movies. He's not a big fan of Westerns or romantic comedies either, but war movies ... meh.

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New Vlad’s not so bad

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
By Movie Man

When it comes to the character that has been filmed the most, it's a two-man battle, with a couple more rather far behind.

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‘Gone Girl’ goes to some crazy places

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
By Movie Man

Not since "The Hunger Games" has the arrival of a novel to movie screens been so highly awaited.

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Denzel the ‘Equalizer’ to a pedestrian script

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Movie Man

It's no secret the Movie Man loves him some Denzel Washington.

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Some call it Maze; I call it corny

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Movie Man

Trends in Hollywood are always copied. When teens flocked to young adult (YA) novel adaptations thanks to "Harry Potter ...", "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," the rush was on.

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‘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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