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Review – Southpaw

If you’ve ever seen a boxing movie (or an underdog story in general), you can see every story beat coming in Southpaw from a mile away. The story feels like a lazy man’s Rocky III. It follows Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), an undefeated championship boxer

Review – Paper Towns

The film’s title, Paper Towns, refers to a trick used by cartographers to prevent other mapmakers from copying their hard work. The cartographers would create fake towns – a.k.a. “paper towns” – so that if those faux cities popped up on someone else’s map, they’d know they

Review – Ant-Man

Like many people, my excitement for Ant-Man waned greatly after writer/director Edgar Wright abruptly left the project last year. Ant-Man, as a character, doesn’t have much appeal to me, but I’m a huge fan of Wright’s work, which includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The

Review – Trainwreck

On paper, teaming writer/star Amy Schumer with director/producer Judd Apatow seems like a perfect match. Schumer has become something of an Internet darling for her sketch comedy show Inside Amy Schumer, which combines edgy humor with strong feminist undertones, while Apatow has directed great adult comedies that

Review – Terminator Genisys

While no one should be applauded for choosing to dust off the Terminator franchise for one more film, I do at least credit the powers that be for not simply hitting the reset button and giving us a complete remake. Instead, they choose the more challenging path

Review – Jurassic World

Jurassic World is utterly absurd. Granted, when you start with the conceit that dinosaurs are being bred in captivity to be shown off in an amusement park, “absurd” is a relative term. But this film still asks a lot in terms of suspension of disbelief. For starters,

Review – Entourage

In the film Entourage, based on the popular HBO show, movie star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) makes his directorial debut with Hyde, a modern adaptation of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. We are told by super-agent-turned-studio-head Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) that it’s an amazing

Review – Mad Max: Fury Road

From its opening scene, Mad Max: Fury Road grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It is apologetically unrelenting, never letting its heroes, or the audience, stop to catch their breath. The film opens with a disheveled, bearded and clearly broken Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy)

Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

The first Avengers film, to borrow a line from Loki, was “burdened with glorious purpose.” It was the culmination of what has come to be known as “Phase One” of Marvel’s current cinematic universe, which began with 2008’s Iron Man. After all of the Easter Eggs and

Review – Furious 7

This franchise gets me. Sure, the pretentious critic part of my brain wants to hate this franchise. The plots are ridiculously convoluted, there is little attempt to ground these films in reality anymore and everything that happens is just an excuse for more car and explosion porn.