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No Escape Poster No Escape

There is something painfully realistic about the new Owen Wilson thriller No Escape. The drama features an American family living abroad who are caught in the middle of a riot that threatens their lives. Despite the film’s fictional story, the...

Sinister 2 Poster Sinister 2

Directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the original Sinister built scares around a familiar premise. In it, Ethan Hawke played a mystery novelist named Ellison who moved his naïve family into a home that previously housed a terrible murder....

Straight outta Compton Poster Straight outta Compton

In one of the first scenes in the drama Straight Outta Compton, the young Ice Cube (played by his own son O’Shea Jackson Jr.) sits on a local bus while a gangster boards it and waves a gun around like it’s no big deal. The gangster tells the...

Fantastic Four Movie Poster Fantastic Four

“The failures of my generation are the opportunities of yours,” states Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey)  in the new film Fantastic Four. If only such opportunities were seized. Ten years ago, the critically-lambasted film Fantastic Four...

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Poster Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

In the first ten minutes of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we see special agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) climbing aboard a moving plane as it begins taking flight. Hunt is tracking a massive stack of weapons on the plane and won’t surrender...

Ant-Man Poster Ant-Man

It’s an undeniable fact that today’s superhero movies are often dark and explosion-driven affairs that lack the fun and adventure that were once staples of the genre. It was only a week ago that Warner Brothers, during its presentation at...

The Gallows Poster The Gallows

The Gallows is a rare found footage film that works better than it should. Unlike other such movies, there’s a reason here that explains why so much of the story is videotaped despite the fact that the the movie’s characters are running for...

Minions Movie Poster Minions

Making a feature-length film about a group of funny supporting characters is always a tricky proposition. Making a feature-length film about a group of funny supporting characters who barely speak in words— let alone sentences— must’ve have...

Terminator Genisys Poster Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys could’ve helped reboot the entire franchise. Instead, this fifth installment in the long-running series helps undermine it. Director Alan Taylor knows how to continue cinematic stories that other filmmakers have started. In...

Magic Mike XXL Poster Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL feels less like a sequel to a 2012 sleeper hit and more than a bland television episode of a show that’s aged past its prime. In the original film, the characters were growing as they welcomed in an addition to their strip club...

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