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Reality of Fantasy

Disney's Tomorrowland is a blast at times, but ultimately gets robbed of fun

By Alex Bentley

Writer/director Brad Bird has had a charmed, if relatively short, directorial career. His debut, The Iron Giant, was critically acclaimed if not widely seen, a gig that led to two more highly prais ...


Explosive Moviemaking

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most memorable movies of 2015

By Alex Bentley

In Hollywood, especially in recent years, everything old is new again, with properties and franchises being revived years or even decades after they were last seen. Usually people who had little or ...


Forgettable Drama

Kristen Wiig delivers, but Welcome to Me is a forgettable film

By Alex Bentley

When actors primarily known as comedians delve into darker material, the reaction usually goes one of two directions. Either they are praised for subverting their usual persona with a nuanced perfo ...


Avengers Get Better

Avengers: Age of Ultron figures out the movie magic formula

By Alex Bentley

With Avengers: Age of Ultron, the number of movies produced by Marvel Studios in the ongoing bid for world domination now numbers 11. That includes three Iron Mans, two Thors, two Captain Americas ...


A.I. Twist

Ex Machina is intelligent exploration of man vs. machine

By Alex Bentley

The obsession with — or fear of — artificial intelligence in movies dates back at least to the 1960s, starting with HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Since then, A.I. has made numerous appe ...


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Blythe Danner on I'll See You in My Dreams co-star: People are 'swooning'

By Alex Bentley

The ninth annual Dallas International Film Festival opened with a screening of I'll See You in My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott. Danner plays a retiree who&# ...


Film to Inspire Action

The Hunting Ground does what every good documentary should

By Alex Bentley

Based on the title, more than a few people are bound to think that The Hunting Ground is the latest thriller to hit the scene, perhaps starring an aging actor looking to regain his former glory. In ...


No Subtlety Here

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart sort of save Get Hard from itself

By Alex Bentley

When a movie title that’s as obvious a double entendre as Get Hard gets approved by the MPAA, you know that subtlety will not rule the day — especially when the film stars two comedians ...


Unscary Movie

Overhyped It Follows is a snoozer of a scary movie

By Alex Bentley

Every couple of years, a new horror movie comes along that genre fans proclaim to be the next big thing — either because it puts a clever twist on well-worn tropes or it gets back to the basi ...


Unintended Parody

Laughable Insurgent comes off like parody of young adult dystopian genre

By Alex Bentley

Just after the release of 2014’s The Maze Runner, Saturday Night Live parodied the ever-growing genre of young adult dystopian films with the aptly named The Group Hopper. It was a clever tak ...


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