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X-Men: Apocalypse A Mixed Bag

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I don’t know. I just don’t know. I think I need someone to tell me how I’m supposed to feel about X-Men: Apocalypse (XMA). I liked it for the most part but the entire exercise felt uninspired and the crappy 3D presentation in the theater we saw it in didn’t help matters. Most of the movie looked muddled and washed out.

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Money Monster: Timely Thriller Has Ball$!

George Clooney (center) stars as Lee Gates in TriStar Pictures' MONEY MONSTER.
George Clooney (center) stars as Lee Gates in TriStar Pictures’ MONEY MONSTER.

Money Monster is a timely hostage thriller that capitalizes on people’s distrust of Wall Street.

Wall Street shenanigans (an alleged computer glitch that loses Ibis Clear Capital $800 million) push a working class stiff to take hostage the TV financial show host whose advice he followed to the loss of a small inheritance.

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Captain America: Civil War Sets a High Bar!

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Captain America: civil War is set to be one of the highest grossing films of all time because a) it’s almost an Avengers film, b) it introduces Black Panther and Tom Holland’s perfect take on Spider-Man, and c) it’s just that good.

Seriously, if I’d seen Civil War before I saw Batman v Superman, even Wonder Woman wouldn’t have raised it above an F. Everything it did wrong, Civil War does right.

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Captain America: Civil War is First Great Film of the Summer!

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I won’t go as far as to say Captain America: Civil War sets a new bar in Superhero films, but its pretty darn good. When I first walked out of the screening a few weeks ago, I was on a giddy high, thinking it was probably one of the best films of the year, but now that I’ve had a few weeks away from it, the hyperbole is a bit toned down. Of course I have a tendency to forgive a film’s obvious flaws the first few hours after an initial viewing.

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Green Room: Punk Rock Horror!

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Green Room is a very simple horror story with not a trace of the supernatural – and by simple, I mean it’s a straightforward linear tale that has the simplest of plots: a hardcore band lacking funds gets a last-minute gig at a backwoods skinhead bar and just before they can collect their money, one of them sees something they should not have seen.

Bloody mayhem ensues.

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Hardcore Henry: They Keep Killing Jimmy!

An image from HARDCORE HENRY Courtesy of STX Entertainment
HARDCORE HENRY Courtesy of STX Entertainment

Hardcore Henry is a shot of pure adrenalin on top of an urn of coffee, a six-pack of Coke and about a pound of rice krispie treats. It replicates the experience of watching an expert play a first person shooter video game while layering in a love story and several unexpected dollops of wit.

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The Boss Is Wildly Uneven But Fun for McCarthy Fans!

MELISSA MCCARTHY stars as Michelle Darnell in "The Boss." McCarthy headlines the comedy as a titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading.  When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
MELISSA MCCARTHY stars as Michelle Darnell in “The Boss.” Photo by Hopper Stone/Universal Pictures

The Boss stars Melissa McCarthy as Michelle Darnell – the 47th wealthiest woman in America. When she’s found guilty of insider trading, her empire crumbles – and is swept up by her business rival (and ex-boyfriend), Renault.

On her release, she’s forced to live with regular folks – her former assistant, Claire and her daughter Rachel – but she happens upon some of Claire’s brownies and looks to them to be the foundation of her comeback.

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Batman v Superman Is Surprisingly OK!

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The first trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was ponderous, portentous and pretentious. It really worried me. Then the succeeding trailers told us that we were getting Lex Luthor and Doomsday in the same movie – on top of adding the introduction of Wonder Woman. That seemed like an awful lot of apples to put in one basket – but there’s actually more than that in the movie.

Surprisingly, it’s pretty good.

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Eye in the Sky: Dr. Strangelove Played Straight!

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Eye in the Sky – Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren). Phot courtesy of eOne/Gold Circle Entertainment

Eye in the Sky is an intense war film that examines the price of war. It suggests that the cost of war is too high – whether you’re in an actual on the ground conflict, or not.

This is Alan Rickman’s last film and it’s one that does his talent – and that of everyone involved – proud.

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