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Home Is Where The Boov Are!

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Last year, a short entitled Almost Home featured an alien race called the Boov and their attempts to find a new home after fleeing the evil Gorg. After a series of interplanetary mishaps, the short ended with them arriving at Earth.

In Home, the Boov invade and relocate all humans to Australia where they live in quaint little houses and, apparently, are fed and clothed but otherwise ignored (a Boov theme park has been assembled to keep them amused). Through a fluke, Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci is missed in the planet-wide relocation project and she and her cat, Pig, set out in the family’s battered car to find her mother. She encounters Oh, the architect of the interplanetary mishaps mentioned above and things get even weirder from there.

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It Follows – The Ultimate Stalker Or The Ultimate STD?

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In a unique bit of inspiration, teens having sex leads directly to their deaths – but it’s not a girls only club. It is an equal opportunity stalker/slayer.

It Follows owes something to John Carpenter – especially Halloween – but establishes its own identity almost immediately. This is the creepiest, most disturbing and certainly scariest horror film of the 21st Century.

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Get Hard – Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Are The Mutt & Jeff Of Vulgarity!

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I’m not sure which is funnier – the fact that so many people seem completely unaware that Get Hard is not only not objectionable (at least not for being racist or homophobic), it’s taking the mickey out of racists and homophobes; or that it’s a very funny movie.

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Last Knights: Mission: Impossible Gets Medieval!

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Last Knights is Kaz I Kiriya’s third film – his first in English – following the cult classic/live-action version of manga/anime series Casshern, and martial arts oddity Goemon. It is a tale of honor, love and loyalty set in a medieval culture reminiscent of Kiriya’s native Japan, but truly diverse – citizens of all races live and work together(even the lords and warriors are diverse).

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent: Good. Coulda Been Great!

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Following the success of Divergent, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, et al return for Insurgent, the adaptation of the second novel in Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA series. With the heavy lifting of all that exposition taken care of in the first film, Insurgent moves well, provides a few new twists and considerably more action and spectacular CG effects.

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Tweaks Make Cinderella Better Than The Original Toon!

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Quick note: Cinderella is amazing in IMAX! Everything about its presentation – incredible sets, mind-blowing (and appropriate) effects and stunning costumes on appealing characters – is just gobsmackingly perfect in IMAX.

Then there’s the actual movie – a live action take on Disney’s animated classic, Cinderella, that improves on the story and is told with wit, class and panache.

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Run All Night Squanders Its Talented Cast!

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Shawn McGuire is a former crime boss who has gone legit. Jimmy Conlon is his former button man who drinks to kill the memory of the faces of those he killed for Shawn. Shawn still keeps him around – takes care of him, really – because of their deep friendship.

That all ends when Jimmy kills Shawn’s son – a true dirtbag – to keep from killing his own son. Cue endless chases, fights and gunplay.

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – A Cozy Visit With Old Friends!

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was, to say the least, a most unexpected global hit. The idea of a group of English senior citizens moving to Jaipur, India to give themselves a better retirement – although intriguing – was expected to make money as a niche bit of counterprogramming but then people started seeing it and telling their friends. And suddenly, a sequel didn’t seem like a bad idea.

Now we have The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and, if it’s not quite got that shiny, new film intrigue, seeing it is certainly like visiting some old, dear friends.

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Early Review: Kidnapping Mr. Heineken – All Technique, No Heart!

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In 1982, five men kidnapped Alfred Heineken, the man who built Heineken into a commercial behemoth. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is based on the book The Kidnapping of Alfred Heineken by Peter DeVries. It’s mostly a one-note thriller that could use a little humor and a little more depth.

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Early Review: Playing It Cool Doesn’t Do That!

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Told from the point of view of a screenwriter (Chris Evans) who doesn’t believe in love anymore, Playing It Cool wants to be both hip and a screwball romantic comedy and never quite succeeds at being either – though it’s fun watching it try.

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Focus Is Slight Slight-of-Hand!

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Heist and caper movies rely on manipulating what we see and hear in such a way that we see and hear everything we need to know without realizing that we’ve done so. In spite of some pacing problems and an occasional overabundance of flash (a tricky balance that writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa don’t always get right), Focus pulls off its caper with a certain amount of verve and panache.

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