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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 ...


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 ...


Fairy Tale Fail

Live-action Cinderella update feels tragically dated and irrelevant

By Alex Bentley

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella. Adaptations of the European folk tale number into the hundreds — if not thousands — which means that any new iteration must distinguish itself fr ...


A Good Con

Focus may just put Will Smith back in our good graces

By Alex Bentley

When done right, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a con man movie. It’s pure escapism, as the audience gets to revel in the “heroes” pulling one over on the clueless w ...


Moving Musical

Emotionally wrought The Last Five Years shows how good movie musicals can be

By Alex Bentley

Some actors seem destined to represent a certain genre, and Anna Kendrick is certainly headed that way with musicals. She’s the face of the Pitch Perfect franchise, played Cinderella in the b ...


Running Down a Dream

Go ahead and give in to the charms of Disney's McFarland, USA

By Alex Bentley

If you’re watching a sports movie, especially one made by Disney, you can usually count on several things: a person or team overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds; resistance to said person ...


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