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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pixels’ Is A Disaster In Every Way

Film: Pixels
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Adam Sandler has official hit rock bottom, and he’s dragging your childhood heroes, as well as the great Peter Dinklage, down with him.

Pixels is exactly what we fear seeing when we pay to go to the movies. From beginning to end the film, which plays like an extended version of the spoiler heavy trailer with needless exposition added to extend its running time, is a complete waste of everything needed to make movies. The cast—while talented—folds completely under the pressure to make something memorable out of what I …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unexpected’ Is A Wonderfully Simple Indie Gem

Film: Unexpected
Starring: Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean
Directed by: Kris Swanberg

Unless you’re planning for it, the news that you’re about to have a baby can be both an exciting and terrifying experience in someone’s life. For Samantha Abbott (Cobie Smulders), there was probably no good time for the news that she would soon give birth to her first child to arrive. It’s not that she never wanted children, but she always planned to have them at some unknown point in the future when her life was a bit more settled. Unfortunately for Samantha, life rarely cares about the plans …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man’ Is One Of Marvel’s Best

Film: Ant-Man
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly
Directed by: Peyton Reed

Fear not, everyone. The reign of Marvel as the leader in modern summer entertainment is far from over.

Everyone knew from the very beginning that the third phase of Marvel’s beloved cinematic universe would need to undergo a serious evolution in order to keep moviegoers engaged, and in response to that demand the studio has pulled off something just short of magical with Ant-Man. Not quite as serious as the Avengers films, but also not so light-hearted that it overlooks the key emotional beats needed to make superhero …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Wolfpack’ Must Be Seen To Be Believed

Film: The Wolfpack
Starring: The Angulo Brothers
Directed By: Crystal Moselle

I don’t know that I have ever felt about a documentary the way I do for Crystal Moselle’s directorial debut, The Wolfpack. It’s a deeply moving look at the human experience as viewed through the eyes of a Lower Manhattan family whose only working knowledge of the world around them has been informed by their love of film. Despite what they lack on the surface however, they share an unbreakable bond that lifts their collective spirits above the immediate surroundings.

It’s not as bleak as you may think, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Minions’ Is Cute, But Empty

Film: Minions
Starring: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock
Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

Two years after Despicable Me 2 became one of the biggest animated films ever, Universal is trying to maximize franchise revenue with the funny, yet emotionally empty prequel, Minions.

Yes, the tiny yellow creatures that won over the hearts of children everywhere while simultaneously annoying parents with their unique, Sims-like language have been given their own adventure, and it takes place several years before the events of the first Despicable Me film. In fact, the story actually begins at the dawn of time, when …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Creep’ Is Incredibly Unsettling

Film: Creep
Starring: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Directed By: Patrick Brice

I have never seen a found footage film quite like Creep, but I always wanted to. It’s a combination of horror, drama, and comedy that is so tightly wound that you never know what to expect from one moment to the next. Credit for this is owed as much to the script as it is to the cast, which consists of just two people, and even though I know it’s still a bit early in 2015 to say such things, I must admit I walked away from Patrick …

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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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‘Jurassic World’ Just Had The Biggest Opening Weekend Of All Time

Move over, Avengers. The reign of superheroes atop the all-time box office charts may be nearing its end, as a new film from one of the most legendary franchises of all time just rewrote the book on big opening weekends.

We knew Jurassic World would be huge, but I doubt anyone could have predicted the film would be as successful as it is after only three full days of release. According to Deadline, industry analysts say the third Jurassic Park sequel generated $209 million during its first weekend of release. Some estimates place the film’s opening slightly lower, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘We Are Still Here’ Is Too Messy To Be Memorable

Film: We Are Still Here
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig
Directed by: Ted Geoghegan

There is a house in rural New England that feeds on people, and every thirty years it grows hungry for a new family. We Are Still Here tells the tale of the latest residents to call the house their own, and the fight for survival they will soon begin.

It’s winter when We Are Still Here begins, and Anne and Paul Sacchetti are busy moving their belongings into their new home. The house is old and creaky, lying just on the edge of a typical farming …