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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Is a Kinetic Slog!

CHARLIE HUNNAM as Arthur in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ fantasy action adventure KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD — Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Guy Ritchie made his bones (so to speak) on hard-edged crime films with wicked humor and striking visuals. Then he went big budget with Sherlock Holmes and provided a very different (but surprisingly canonical) consulting detective. Next up was the criminally underrated The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – the best non-Bond Bond flick since the first Jason Bourne.

Now Ritchie is dissecting and reassembling the Arthur legend in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – and it’s a very kinetic movie that is also, simultaneously, more than a bit of a slog.

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A Question of Identity Trailer: HBO’s The Young Pope!

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‘Who are you’ an off-screen voice asks the new Pope (played by Jude Law). ‘I’m a contradiction,’ comes the answer.

It seems that the Vatican (and the world for that matter) have no idea what they’re in for. Check out the new teaser for HBO’s The Young Pope, premiering in 2017, after the break.

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Spy: Bond… Melissa Bond!

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Melissa McCarthy has shown she can play a character (Saint Vincent, everyone!), which is why Spy is so much fun. In Susan Cooper, CIA super analyst she’s found a character – and a potential franchise – that she can really sink her teeth into.

Also, for a spoof to work it must also succeed in the genre it’s spoofing – and Spy works as a spy movie.

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DVD Review: Rise of the Guardians – 2012’s Best Animated Feature Comes to Home Video!

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Rise of the Guardians was the best animated feature of 2012 – no matter what the Academy might have thought. It’s smart enough for older kids-at-heart and filled with lots of action and cool stuff to engage younger viewers. That it didn’t even get an Oscar® nomination is sad, but that won’t matter to most of its audience – and the Spring Gift Pack DVD release also features some cool video features, a nifty toy and some cool DIY stuff in its DVD-ROM content.

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Side Effects Is Typically Twisty Soderbergh!

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If Steven Soderbergh has really left filmmaking for good, he is definitely going out on a high note. Side Effects is a twisty piece of fun that swerves from apparent satire – about our heavily medicated culture – to thriller without missing a beat or ever losing its psychological edge.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – Ritchie’s Second Victorian Romp Darker But Still Fun!

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is almost as much fun as it predecessor but it may have been a mistake using Holmes’ greatest foe – Professor James Moriarty [The Napoleon of Crime] – so soon.

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Contagion- It Might Just Be The Cure for Insomnia or An Inspiring Reason to Not Socialize With Other People

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‘Contagion’ opens in theaters on September 8th.

The tagline for Warner Brothers newest theater release ‘Contagion’ is “nothing spreads like fear” and this movie relies heavily on that truism as its plot line. The first half hour of this star-studded movie plays out like an extended version of commercials for every disinfectant product you can think of. Like those commercials, ‘Contagion’ is filled with warnings about the horrors of touching everything and everyone around you.

For me, the problem with ‘Contagion’ and its premise is that, for the most part, it takes a very sanitized look at those horrors.  Instead of throwing in some good old fashioned suspense and visual effects, the movie plods along at the pace and style of those documentary movies you used to see in science class in high school. I half expected to be informed at the end of the credits to stay in our seats because there was going to be a test on what we learned.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes – An Engaging Trifle That Mixes The Supernatural and Steampunk!

Let me be perfectly clear – although I’ve read the Holmes canon several time, and fifty or sixty [or so] of the multitudes of Holmes pastiches, I am not a Baker Street Irregular. Still, I would imagine that most Irregulars would find much to enjoy about Guy Ritchie’s take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal creation – but they would likely also [like me] find some jarring errors that do, indeed, detract from what is, essentially, a fun diversion.

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One of the more egregious goofs concerns Dr. John H. Watson’s [Jude Law] first wife, Mary Morstan [Kelly Reilly], whom Holmes meets – in the canon, at least – while in the company of the good doctor. Not so here – though, as if to make up for that blunder, Ritchie’s Morstan has the kind of steel to her that attracted Watson in the canon.

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