‘Dolphin Tale 2’ is forgettable

A theatrical sequel usually comes to films people have heard of. This does not mean the film has to be universally loved. Many terrible films are given terrible sequels. But for the most part, those films do not turn people’s heads in surprise when ... Continue Reading →

“No Good Deeds” is no good

No one should leave a movie emotionless. The film’s job is to evoke feelings within you. A lack of feeling means a movie did the bare minimum. “No Good Deeds” (Rated PG- 13; 84 min) is the bare minimum of what it takes to be a film. “No Good ... Continue Reading →

Emarosa ends four-year hiatus with ‘Versus’

When a band drops a vocalist, it could be because of internal or external reasons. When that happens, fans tend to worry, like in the case of David Lee Roth’s departure from Van Halen in 1985. Post-hardcore band Emarosa from Lexington, Ky. has had their ... Continue Reading →

EA takes one step forward and two backward

You would think after doing something 26 times, there would be a level of mastery achieved. With EA Games’ Madden football franchise, this is not the case. Madden 15 is the 27th edition of the franchise, but noticeable glitches make the release worse ... Continue Reading →

‘The Identical’ fails miserably

A serious drama is not supposed to make you laugh. It feels wrong. “The Identical”(Rated PG; 107 min) is one of those films. Every piece of dialogue, action — and sometimes even the music — all contribute to this unintentional laughter. “The ... Continue Reading →

‘The November Man’ comes way too late

Now is the time of fantastic spy thrillers. A genre once thought a casualty of the Cold War ending has risen from its own ashes and reinvented itself. A genre once thought silly and unrealistic, now is viewed as gritty and exhilarating. “The November ... Continue Reading →

‘As Above, So Below’ above average

Found footage horror films have divided movie going audiences. “The Blair Witch Project” was released in 1999 and blew away the box office. This allowed for found footage films to go from being a sparsely used gimmick, to its own subgenre. The release ... Continue Reading →

‘If I Stay’ should leave it to the book

When it comes to book adaptations, it seems only fair that they are judged solely on the film and not in comparison to the novel it comes from. With that in mind, “If I Stay” (Rated PG-13; 107 min) is still a terrible adaptation. “If I Stay” ... Continue Reading →

‘Magic in the Moonlight’ just ok

Woody Allen has directed many films in his long, and lustrous career, 49 to be exact. And in that career, the man has made a lot of amazing movies, some Oscar winners. He has made bad ones as well, but many of his most recent films have gotten stuck in ... Continue Reading →

‘Sin City’ sequel is an unoriginal sin

It is weird to think it has been nine years since the release of the original “Sin City.” The year was 2005. “Sin City” was released to the masses and is still a critically acclaimed film today. It wowed us with its noir style, interesting world ... Continue Reading →

Dirty Loops uses old and new influences

Sometimes radio play can wear out a song, so when a band comes along, takes an already popular song and re-works it, it can be refreshing. Since 2008, Swedish jazz-fusion trio Dirty Loops have been enlightening the music world with its unorthodox arrangements ... Continue Reading →

‘When the Game Stands Tall’ falls short

Sports films have a long and inconsistent history. For the most part, sports films have an extensive line of successes. Consider “Raging Bull,” “Caddyshack” and “Friday Night Lights.”At best, sports films can bring out some of the best character ... Continue Reading →

‘Boyhood’ is a Masterpiece

Richard Linklater has had an odd filmmaking career. At times he is an indie darling, making acclaimed films like “Slacker,” “Before Sunrise” and “A Scanner Darkly.” At other times, he makes very mediocre commercial films like “School of ... Continue Reading →

‘The Giver’ has nothing to give

Sometimes, Hollywood can be a broken jukebox. It will occasional play something new and everyone will sigh in relief at something different, something fresh. But for the most part, it seems to be stuck on one song that plays over and over and over. One ... Continue Reading →

Third time’s the charm for ‘Expendables’ series

Occasionally a movie comes along that cannot be fairly reviewed like every other movie. To even compare it to normal movies would be like comparing a child’s math skills to the math skills of someone in college. These movies tend to be so bad, so dumb, ... Continue Reading →
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