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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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The Lazarus Effect: What Could Possibly Go Wrong!

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There have been a lot of horror movies that were set in medicine. Few have achieved the kind of off-kilter weirdness of The Lazarus Effect wherein a group of research scientists who, while trying to find a way to enable first responders to bring a person back from the brink after a more extended period of time, stumble onto a substance which, when combined with electric pulses, actually bring a dead being back to life.

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McFarland, USA – Running into the Heart of America!

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Yes, it’s a sports movie. And yes, there’s a ‘Big Race.’ But MacFarland USA is not just another sports movie. It’s a story of families – the ones we’re born into; the ones we build around us in our communities, and the ones that expand beyond even that.

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The DUFF – If You Don’t Know Who It Is, It’s Probably You!

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Bianca is not the most popular girl in her class, but she has two really good friends and if she can’t bring herself to say more than three words in a row to her crush, well, she’s still got her friends. That is, until her neighbor, high school football star Wesley, informs her that she’s their DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend.

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Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service Brings The Fun back to Spy Flicks!

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When a movie starts with an opening shot of a Helicopter battle with Dire Straight’s “Money of Nothing” playing over the opening credits, you know you are in for something a little different. One of my favorite Directors, Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust) brings his unique sensibilities and a breath of fresh air to the stagnate Spy Genre, a genre that has been overly serious lately and in need of a kick-start. Yes, I hate the Daniel Craig Bond films. Kingsman: The Secret Service brought the fun and puns back, mixed with Vaughn’s trademarked over the top violence.

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Outcast – East Meets West in the Middle Ages!

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Outcast is a movie about a young Chinese prince called Zhao, whose father has chosen him to be heir over his older warrior brother, and his sister Lian – and the former Crusaders who help them. It’s a B-movie epic with some seriously great swordplay, a herky jerky plot and intermittent acting.

Hayden Christensen is the soulfully damned ex-Crusader whom they hire to help them; Nicolas Cage is the former Crusader turned bandit (The White Ghost) who finds himself drawn into their cause much against his better judgement.

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Strangely, Strange Magic Is Not Really Magical!

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The world could have used a great CG reimagining of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. What a shame this isn’t it.

Still there are some good moments to be had from Strange Magic – Alan Cumming rocking out as the Bog King and Evan Rachel Ward flittering through several musical styles as Princess Marianne of the Fairy Kingdom come to mind.

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Mortdecai Is Mostly Dead!

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Once again, Johnny Depp shows his talent for slipping completely into a character. What a shame that this character is almost completely unnoteworthy.

Mortdecai (the movie) wants to be a knowing send up of sixties caper movies, espionage thrillers and, possibly, the superb BBC series Lovejoy. Instead, it’s Johnny Depp plays the worst of Mr. Bean – in a Rolls.

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Paddington Is A Complete Delight!

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It’s January – which means time for studios to dump all the crap they couldn’t release during the more competitive times of the year. But someone forgot to tell TWC-Dimension/eOne – they released what is almost certain to be a family classic this week: Paddington.

Based on the children’s books by Michael Bone, Paddington is a complete delight from start to finish.

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