Reel News: Week of April 28 — Amazing Spider-Man 2, Only Lovers Left Alive, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Labor Day

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Upcoming Theatrical Releases The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Director: Marc Webb PG-13; 142 mins. Trailer We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies […]

Dagger Movie Night: “Transcendence” — Mash-up of Sci-Fi Cliches is Entertaining, Not Entertainment

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In a phrase, “Transcendence” is best described as the difference between entertainment and entertaining. This film is certainly entertaining, but it is not entertainment. All the potential of the story was squandered into a mash up of sci-fi clichés and plot points that don’t really fit together under scrutiny. In other words, it is not […]

Reel News: Week of April 14 — Under the Skin, A Haunted House 2, Bears, Transcendence, Philomena, Dom Hemingway, Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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Upcoming Theatrical Releases Bears Director: Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill G; 87 mins. Trailer In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming […]

Reel News: Week of March 31 — Captain America: The Winter Soldier, JINN, 47 Ronin, Anchorman 2

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Upcoming Theatrical Releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier Director: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo PG-13; 136 mins. Trailer After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. (Synopsis by Disney) This deftly avoids the “sequel […]

Dagger Movie Night: Divergent — “Confusing Mixed Messages and Tropes of the Young Adult Genre Turn This Into a Muddled Mess”

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I may not be the target audience for this movie, but I know what makes a good film. The story of “Divergent” isn’t terrible, but the confusing mixed messages and tropes of the young adult fiction genre turn this into a muddled mess. Potentially certifiable crazy person Shailene Woodley and the cast do their best, […]