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Moral Dilemmas Help Develop ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Moral Dilemmas Help Develop ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’

By now the folks at Marvel have got it down: A story line with an apocalyptic threat respectable character development and interaction, some reflection on humanity, and, of course, lots of stuff blowing up. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” doesn’t break this mold. The collaborating Marvel heroes are together again the fight Hydra, and their

‘Insurgent’ Suffers From Convenience and Predictability

For those who check a certain review website, it’s not uncommon to see that audiences and critics frequently have differing opinions about a film. Seeing a 38 point difference, however, is unusual, and suggests the two groups are looking for different things. Critics are looking for, among other things, a creative concept, an interesting, or

‘Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Funny and Charming

Sometimes once is plenty. The best thing about “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is that it is possible to follow the plot and gain an affinity for the characters without ever having viewed its predecessor. Those who have seen the first and enjoyed it will probably like this second offering. However, if you happen

‘Chappie:’ Two Movies in One—Not Necessarily a Good Thing

Much was expected from “Chappie,” the latest from “District 9” director Neil Blomkamp. It was to introduce us to an artificially intelligent robot which would learn and adapt like a child. The film—he first film—does that with the occasional provocative or humorous exchange, but the second movie gets in the way, relegating the AI string

Kevin Costner Right at Home in ‘McFarland, USA’

Baseball…football…We know Costner loves sports-themed movies, and has a developed a penchant for socially conscious ones too, like the recent “Black or White,” His latest, “McFarland, USA,” an adapted true story, combines these two career themes, as he plays Jim White, a teacher and football coach who has a hard time keeping a job. Down

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is a Rollicking Ride

Double Oh No! Industry scuttlebutt is that after director Matthew Vaughn was turned down for doing a Bond film by the family that controls the rights, he vowed to do a Bond spoof. The result of that vow is the new movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and in the effort he’s managed to hit a

’50 Shades of Grey’ Movie Better than the Novel

Grey is the new black. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the novel “50 Shades of Grey,” which started off as “Twilight” fan fiction and became a phenomenal worldwide bestseller. The story, which tells the tale of a BDSM relationship between 20-something billionaire Christian Grey

Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Maybe OK for KIds

This week, Sponge Bob bigger, faster, dryer. It’s been over a decade since the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom last graced the big screen, even as their small screen series has continued. This time out, the celebrity voices are gone, the plot is more –shall we say ‘flexible’—and the entire affair more ragged…but in a good