MOVIE MAN

‘Focus’ not picture perfect, but it’s fun

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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How can anybody not like Will Smith? As with Denzel Washington or Tom Hanks, he's beloved. Even when he goes through a downturn.

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Costner breaks the tape in another sports movie

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Disney is wise. The studio makes superhero movies. They create kid-friendly pictures, animated and otherwise.

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Humorous, violent action flick impresses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Last week's movie, "Jupiter Ascending" (Movie Man No. 1126, a 3), was delayed from the previous summer.

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Delayed space opera is lost in space

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Movie Man

Here's another movie that supports the theory that bad major movies get dumped into February.

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Race/rights/addiction movie struggles

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Movie Man

You gotta give Kevin Costner credit: He's really hawking "Black or White."

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Beloved British movie adaptation bears watching

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By Movie Man

The Movie Man's master plan for this week was to see another Best Picture nominee. But things just didn't work out, so he headed to a kids movie instead.

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Eastwood hits bulls-eye with ‘Sniper’

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
By Movie Man

Sometimes films are highly anticipated. Or advertised to the max. Or both.

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Even with its flaws, Selma’s tale must be told

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Movie Man

Some movies end up being great - all-time classics - and others shoot for that elite status yet fall short. "Selma" lands in that latter category, but it's still a very good movie.

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Enigmatic Cumberbatch stellar in ‘The Imitation Game’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
By Movie Man

The guy with the weirdest name is the hottest actor going right now.

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‘Into the Woods’ only occasionally bewitching

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Movie Man

A while back, we analyzed the difficulty of bringing a popular stage production to the big screen.

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Director’s ‘Hobbit’ habit over with giant war

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Movie Man

If you're a J.R.R. Tolkien lover, these have been a heady 13 years. No less than six movies have been made from the fantasy author's sprawling books.

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New ‘Exodus’ movie plagued by dull stretches

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Movie Man

It's been quite a year for religious-based movies. Hollywood's big budget efforts did OK, but the smaller movies enjoyed more success.

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It’s a wonderful Christmas movie list

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Movie Man

What are the best Christmas movies? It's a genre that never dies, especially on TV.

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Despite critical cold shoulder, ‘Penguins’ is good fun

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Movie Man

Animated movies aren't automatic moneymakers (unless you're Pixar).

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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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