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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Terminator Genisys’ Is More Than A Bit Rusty

Film: Terminator Genisys
Starring: Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Directed By: Alan Taylor

“Old, but not obsolete.” This line reverberates throughout the narrative of the new reboot/sequel/studio machination, Terminator Genisys. As the camera lingers on Schwarzenegger’s automated façade, we see that the lines on his face are more noticeable than ever. A sign of passing times, one would say. Time has most certainly passed since director James Cameron built the foundation for the franchise on top of schlocky B-movie tropes like relentless violence, threadbare sci-fi concepts and seemingly invincible villains. But this is 2015, folks – the time …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Inside Out’ Is A Heartwrenching Pixar Feature

Film: Inside Out
Directed by: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Phyllis Smith

Pixar has a knack for crafting stories based in other worlds or worlds that we can’t see with characters that strike the most emotional of chords with their relatable stories. Now, the studio put emotions at the forefront, as their own individual characters. The huge risk pays off, though. Instead of functioning as a surface-level understanding of Fear, Disgust, Anger, Joy and Sadness, Inside Out digs deep to find what makes these emotions tick and how or why they affect things around them. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Entourage’ Is A Fitting Finale For HBO’s Bros

Film: Entourage
Starring: Adrien Grenier, Jeremy Piven
Directed by: Doug Ellin

The boys are back, and they’re picking up right where they left off.

Several years may have passed since the world said goodbye to Vince, E, Drama, Turtle, and Ari, but in the world of Entourage it has only been a few short months. Like the time jump that occurred between each of the show’s eight seasons, the jump between the series finale and the beginning of Doug Ellin’s long-awaited big screen continuation is only long enough for a new set of circumstances to arise. Vince is no longer …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘San Andreas’ Crumbles, Explodes And Dulls

Film: San Andreas
Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario
Directed by: Brad Peyton

The disaster movie is a sub-genre that works almost solely off of nostalgia. I remember watching The Poseidon Adventure as a kid and was shook in awe by the power of natural forces and how humans may react to such an event. The bar of quality was set decades ago for these kinds of bombastic features. San Andreas does nothing to prove that it’s different from any other recent blow-em-up effort, wading through a slew of CGI compositions of buildings crumbling, coupled with generic …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Aloha’ Means Goodbye To Cameron Crowe In Hawaiian

Film: Aloha
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams
Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Director Cameron Crowe, the guy who brought us the masterpiece that is Almost Famous, has been on a sharp decline in quality ever since that 2000 effort. Vanilla Sky was an ambiguous mess and Elizabethtown was the most self-indulgent road movie to date. We Bought a Zoo wasn’t terrible, but it was nevertheless harmless fluff. Aloha is no different. Is it a romantic drama? Is it a screwball comedy? Is it a drama steeped in supernatural Hawaiian mythos? Well, it tries and fails to be all …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘When Marnie Was There’ Is Another Beautiful Gem From Studio Ghibli

Film: When Marnie Was There
Starring: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1981 novel of the same name, When Marnie Was There is a beautifully affecting – and at times tragically depressive – animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) and the iconic studio behind the works of legendary animator/director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and other beloved features such as Grave Of The Fireflies, Only Yesterday and most recently, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.

At an hour and forty …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tomorrowland’ Lacks Wonder And Coherence

Film: Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney
Directed By: Brad Bird

As the first shot rolls on Tomorrowland, we see Clooney’s Frank Walker talking to the camera about his pessimistic predilections towards the future. Once he is done telling his story, the camera pans over Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton, someone self-dubbed as an optimist as she smiles into the camera while Frank grunts.

It would be fair to say that watching these two ideological agendas play out amongst a swath of beautiful CGI would be fun, to say the least. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Brad Bird’s newest …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Welcome To Me’ Is Kristen Wiig At Her Best

Film: Welcome To Me
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley
Directed by: Shira Piven

As if you needed another reason to love Kristen Wiig.

Welcome To Me may be the definition of an offbeat movie. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, the film tells the tale of a mentally unwell woman who uses her lottery winnings to purchase air time on at a local TV station. She uses that time to host one-hundred episodes of her very own talk show, starring herself, with absolutely no guests.…

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2015 – Day 8: ‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’

As the 13th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston drew to a close on Wednesday, a wave of melancholy seemed to hit every viewer eagerly waiting for the closing night film, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, in a sold out theater at Coolidge Corner Theater.

Brian Tamm, the fest’s Executive Director, took the stage for the last time. He humbly thanked all of the people that attended this year’s fest before a rousing fit of applause was dedicated to Nancy Campbell, the fest’s Program Director, for her immaculate work in curating this year’s film events. Before the film …

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ALL HOPE IS LOST: ‘Unfriended’ Is Getting A Sequel

Don’t say we never tried to warn you.

According to our pals at Bloody-Disgusting, Universal Pictures has already begun work on a sequel to the recently-released horror film Unfriended. In fact, the site claims that the as-of-yet untitled sequel is already being scripted by Nelson Greaves, who wrote the first film that was produced by Timur Bekmambetov. No release date has been set, but I don’t think a summer or fall 2016 release is out of the question.

Unfriended opened in the middle of April and has since accumulated $25 million at the US box office. That …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unfriended’ Is Not Worth The Price Of Admission

Film: Unfriended
Starring: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer
Directed by: Levan Gabriadze

Serving as the first ‘all on-screen’ horror film to open in thousands of theaters nationwide, Unfriended boasts a relatively fresh gimmick and almost nothing else.

Remember that long period of silence at the beginning of Wall-E? Replace the colorful animation, comedy, and adorable robots with the computer screen of a high school-aged girl named Blaire who likes to watch videos online without making them full screen and you pretty much have the opening fifteen minutes of Unfriended.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘While We’re Young’ Is Baumbach At His Weakest

Film: While We’re Young
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach has spent the majority of his career exploring the idea of identity and what it means to different people at various stages in life. It’s a theme that runs throughout every single one of his works, but never has it been presented in such an oddly mischevious way than in his latest feature, While We’re Young.

Living on the wrong side of forty, a filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) have recently discovered they are growing increasingly bored by their continued existence. …