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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ted 2′ Is The First Major Misfire Of Summer 2015

Film: Ted 2
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

Having established a new hero in the world of profane comedy with his initial outing, Seth MacFarlane has proven with Ted 2 what A Million Ways To Die In The West alluded to over a year ago: America’s turn of the millennium funnyman has lost his charm. To make matters worse, he’s pulling Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, John Slattery, and Morgan Freeman down with him.

Taking place one year, one marriage, and one divorce after we last said goodbye, Ted 2 reintroduces the characters you loved from the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avalanche Sharks’ Has Bite, But No Brains

Film: Avalanche Sharks
Starring: Alexander Mendeluk, Kate Nauta
Directed By: Scott Wheeler

Monster movies have never been for everybody. From the dawn of cinema–when the likes of King Kong first appeared–there have been some who simply do not grasp why so many people enjoy watching poorly realized fictional creatures terrorize people on screen. I’ve never been one of those people, but I’ve certainly known a few. I’ve even dated a couple (if we’re being completely honest) but eventually their inability to appreciate the fantastic goodness of b-movie carnage drove a wedge between us that no amount of sweet nothings could …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dope’ Is A Fittingly Titled Teen Masterpiece

Film: Dope
Starring: Shameik Moore, A$AP Rocky
Directed By: Rick Famuyiwa

Every year audiences are given numerous coming-of-age tales based around themes of self-discovery and love, but what ever happened to growing up in response to the stupid decisions we make when we’re young? Dope, the latest feature from writer/director Rick Famuyiwa, has the answer.

Malcolm is a promising young teen growing up in a rough neighborhood who, along with his two equally nerdy best friends, has a punk band and dresses as if he fell out of an early ’90s hip-hop video. Every decision Malcolm has made up …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Believe In Unicorns’ Showcases Young Love

Film: I Believe In Unicorns
Starring: Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack
Directed by: Leah Meyerhoff

With whim and creativity to spare, I Believe In Unicorns may be the most innovative coming-of-age film you see all year.

Davina (Natalia Dyer) is a lonely teen girl who spends her days going to school, fantasizing about unicorns, and taking care of her invalid father. To say she seems depressed at the start of the film would likely be an understatement. It’s unclear whether or not Davina can even remember a time she felt joy when we first meet her, but soon life as she …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Is Worth The Price Of Admission

Film: Insidious: Chapter 3
Starring: Stepfanie Scott, Lin Shaye
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

Coming off a near-perfect sequel, the third Insidious film finds scares and plenty of story in new, yet familiar territory.

I assumed the second chapter of Insidious said all that needed to be said, but Chapter 3 has proven me wrong. Set years before the haunting of the Lambert’s home, the film follows a young woman (Stefanie Scott) who desperately wants to reconnect with her deceased mother, and the father (Dermot Mulroney) who is struggling to strengthen their strained relationship. It also reintroduces Elise (Lin Shaye), and …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Love And Mercy’ Is The Best Film Of 2015 So Far

Film: Love And Mercy
Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano
Directed By: Bill Pohlad

A tale of one man told with two actors and more heart than any other film in theaters today, Love And Mercy may be the movie to beat in 2015.

You may think you know Brian Wilson, the iconic musical genius behind The Beach Boys, but the new film Love And Mercy reveals to us that even he struggles to know the man whose name is now synonymous with the history of American pop culture. He’s an enigma wrapped in flesh, both complex and shockingly simple, with …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Iverson’ Falls Short Of Glory

Film: Iverson
Directed by: Zatella Beatty
Genre: Documentary

Showtime’s new documentary from first-time filmmaker Zatella Beatty, Iverson, which premiered Saturday night, seems more like a documentary that Allen Iverson wanted for himself than one that we wanted for Iverson; it’s a side of whipped mashed potatoes to the complexity of Randy Moss’ meaty story told in ESPN’s Rand University – yet another storytelling of a professional athlete misunderstood by the eyes of the media.…

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‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ Trailer: All Sizzle, No Fizzle

The first trailer for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials has arrived, and so far everything looks just as thrilling as you would expect, if not better.

Having just barely escaped the maze that claimed the lives of many young men, Thomas and his friends are about to realize their journey to freedom has only just begun as they find themselves taken from one quasi-prison to another. The Scorch Trials finds the group learning that they were not the only ones who had to fight their way out of a maze, but that is not the only secret waiting to be …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Area 51′ Should Remain Off Limits

Film: Area 51
Starring: Ben Rovner, Jelena Nik
Directed by: Oren Peli

The premise is good enough: Following a strange encounter after a night of drinking with his two best friends, a young man convinces the same friends to join him on a quest to see what secrets lie on the base of the ever-mysterious Area 51. With the creator of Paranormal Activity at the helm one might expect an evolutionary piece of found footage horror that could possibly push the well-tread sub-genre into new territory, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

For …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Is Proof That Sequels Don’t Have To Suck

Film: Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

After three years and several national titles, The Barden Bellas have embarked on their biggest adventure yet with Pitch Perfect 2.

There is a tried and true recipe to creating a great sequel that involves mixing just the right amount of familiar components with a hearty dose of fresh ideas to create, but for whatever reason most sequels fail to blend those ingredients in a way that creates a product superior to what came before. Pitch Perfect 2 is the exception, as it offers just the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Maggie’ Is Brimming With Emotional Tension

Film: Maggie
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin
Directed by: Henry Hobson

Some say the film world’s obsession with the undead has run its course, but Maggie is proof there are still great stories to be told. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a gorgeously shot feature, or that the lead performance from Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of his career best, but at its core Maggie is a straightforward z-flick that manages to find a bit of new ground amongst well-tread territory.

Maggie (Abigail Breslin) is sick. Several months have passed since a new disease started spreading across the globe. Scientists …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hot Pursuit’ Runs Out Of Gas

Film: Hot Pursuit
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Vergara
Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Clocking in just under 90 minutes in length, Hot Pursuit is quick and almost painless, but never all that funny.

Hollywood has a long love affair with films that pit two people with completely different personalities in a life or death situation, and more often than not one of those characters is an officer of the law. For Hot Pursuit it’s Reese Witherspoon who dons the signature blue uniform of the law, while Modern Family star Sophia Vergara fills in as the loud mouth and often crass wife …