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“Captain America: Civil War”: Movie Review

And here comes Jeremy Renner with his trusty bow and arrow … The Avengers writers must hate Jeremy Renner. The 13th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a plethora of characters and action—each superhero one upping the other—and they always trot out Jeremy Renner with his bow and arrow. It looks so weak against…

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Barbershop The Next Cut: Sitcom in Waiting

The thing that most impressed me from Barbershop 3: The Next Cut was Ice Cube’s business acumen, because I imagine Cube and the other producers made a quite a bit of money off this. Cube filmed this on (I’m sorry to say) a sort of cheap looking set of a barbershop, but the camera makes sure…

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The Boss: Trailer Affliction

I wish movie theaters had an plan like Hulu where you could pay an extra $5 and get a trailer-free movie experience. I schedule meticulously to time my arrival at movie theaters expressly to avoid trailers of movies I want to see. In the case of some comedies, you have seen 3/4 of the best…

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“10 Cloverfield Lane” Movie Review

Every family has one. You see it all the time on Facebook and other social media: the conspiracy theorist. Whether they are 9-11 Truthers or trying to convince you about FEMA camps, almost everyone has that one outspoken friend or relative that you simply KNOW has a bunker built in their backyard complete with iodine…

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“The Witch” Movie Review: The Devil You Know

Puritan New England doesn’t look like it was very much fun. The fashion is a disaster. The log cabins are drafty. And remember toilet paper hadn’t been invented yet. The setting of the movie The Witch reminded me of the camping trips from Boy Scouts that I hated, because I’m basically the human version of…

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Crimson Peak: Haunted Hiddleston is Hot

I love seeing horror movies, because it is quite difficult to make a good one. For every classic like The Shining or The Blair Witch Project, there seem to be several crappy Paranormal Activity sequels to get through. But finding a real gem is worth it. The thing about Crimson Peak is that you think…

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Long Live Julianne Moore! Freeheld Movie Review

Full disclosure: I work as an independent contractor at the Twitter Headquarters in downtown San Francisco, and sometimes various luminaries stop by on their press tours. This week I came to work and found out Oscar-winner Julianne Moore would be visiting with Ellen Page to promote Freeheld—the true story about Laurel Hester whose fight to…

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“The Martian” Movie Review: Disco Rocks On Mars

Gaining momentum with great word of mouth (and currently sitting pretty with 94% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes), The Martian starring Matt Damon might be a pop culture moment from 2015 we talk about for years to come. It might not have been that way, as Damon used the press junkets for The Martian to put…

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Sicario: Emily Blunt Enters Heart of Darkness

War is being waged right in front of us, and Sicario explores the battle within Mexico and the American border towns while posing some interesting questions about morality. A “sicario” is a Mexican slang term meaning “hit man.” The word is symbolic of the carnage wrought by the battle over narcotics. Emily Blunt stars as…

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BLACK MASS: Cumberbatch Is Depp’s Brother?

What ludicrousness is this? Johnny Depp is Benedict Cumberbatch’s brother? That’s really believable. And I suppose Pegasus unicorns will start flying out of my sphincter. Black Mass, the Johnny Depp-driven tale of Boston kingpin Whitey Bulger, asks us to believe that Johnny Depp’s sibling is Benedict Cumberbatch. Je ne comprend pas. The movie starts off with…