Movies Reviews

Movie Review: Suburban warfare gets ugly, and funny, in ‘Neighbors’

Neighbors is the Animal House for an era in which food fights seem quaint. The outrageous antics of the fraternity fronted by the swaggering Teddy (Zac Efron) are more about fashioning plaster casts of their penises, than donning togas. Forget…

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Movie Review: ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Is So Good, Expect a Sequel

Three-and-a-half out of five stars Kristen Bell became a star playing the title character in the “Veronica Mars” TV series: a quick-witted teenaged private eye specializing in exposing the dark underbelly of the fictional, affluent beach community of Neptune, Calif.…

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Movie Review: Director Wes Anderson Delivers Another ‘Visual Feast’

In theaters Friday, March 7 3 stars (out of 4 stars) Director Wes Anderson’s films are so artistically exquisite that they should be framed and mounted. And this effort — primarily set in a quaint European town in the fictional…

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Movie Review: ‘The Lego Movie’ is a Must See

“The Lego Movie” will likely be one of the most surprising movies of the year. Of course, it’s only February, so it’s rare to get a film with Oscar potential this early. Relax. I’m not talking best picture here, but…

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Movie Review: The Nut Job

“The Nut Job” is a 3D animated film about a squirrel who doesn’t like to share his nuts. The squirrel I speak of is named Surly (voiced by Will Arnett). Surly is purple and lives up to his name. With…

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Movie Review: Chris Pine Plays a Convincing ‘Jack Ryan’

If you’re going to reboot a franchise, you might as well call Chris Pine. In “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” he slips into Ryan’s shoes as easily as he did Captain Kirk’s in the “Star Trek” reboot. Tom Clancy’s titular character…

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Movie Review: Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Lone Survivor’

Director Peter Berg opens “Lone Survivor” with actual footage of Navy SEALs training. And with that decision, Berg unwittingly creates a problem, right from the start. When we’re watching a movie based on reality, we usually don’t get to do…

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Movie Review: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’

Here’s a simple life lesson that everyone, from actual human beings to curious movie characters, should remember: there is never a good reason to break into a rancid apartment where someone was just murdered. No, not if that apartment is…

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‘Her’ Movie Review

The “manic pixie dream girl” has become a well-recognized stereotype in romance movies. She’s bubbly, flirtatious and quirky, but most importantly, she’s a tool for the moody male hero to discover himself/a new lease on life. This usually makes her…

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Movie Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

Imagine walking into a blow-the-roof-off party. Naked ladies galore. Pulsating music. Pills popped like Tic Tacs. A game involving a dwarf and a bull’s-eye. Crazy fun for a while, right? (Rhetorical question). But then you’re stuck there with a bunch…

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