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xXx: The Return of Xander Cage may be dumb, but there’s something so ridiculously stupid about it that it kinda makes you wanna hang around and watch the idiocy unfold.

xXx: Vin Diesel Returns in the Sequel Nobody Asked For
M. Night Twist
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M. Night Shyamalan's new psychological thriller sets up an interesting new character, but falters and drags while trying to tell his story.

Another M. Night Shyamalan Twist Cannot Save ‘Split’
Patriots Day: Too soon to capitalize on
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Patriots Day is a solid flick, even if the movie itself doesn't deliver the emotional impact it should.

‘Patriots Day’ The Movie: Too Soon to Capitalize on Tragedy?
Another Familiar Horror Story from 'The Bye-Bye Man'
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The Bye-Bye Man is a paint-by-numbers horror movie featuring too-familiar elements that have been repeated over and over in the genre.

Another Familiar Horror Story from ‘The Bye-Bye Man’
2016 in Film
Posted 17 days ago

Why do I do this? Why do I spend this much time and mental energy on this fruitless task? Why doesn't my mother look me in the eye anymore? I…

2016 in Film According to Simon
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Win advance screening passes to ARRIVAL in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 31, 2016 Giveaways
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We have advance screening passes to see ARRIVAL on Tuesday Nov. 7 in Kansas City at AMC Studio 28 and we want you to have them!

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Top 10 Military Non-Combatants in Film

by Warren Cantrell October 25, 2016 Top 10s

It takes a pretty serious set of balls to wade into the middle of a war, yet even this courage seems dwarfed by people doing so without the comfort of a weapon to protect themselves. Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of one such non-combatant, and today’s list celebrates the most notable medics and observers that military films have offered over the years. These are the characters that braved the bullets to be at the front, alongside active combatants to help either with their observations, or their life-saving actions.

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You again? Tom Cruise delivers, more or less

by Eric Melin October 21, 2016 Print Reviews
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is as safe as mainstream entertainment gets, but it succeeds in that modest goal and is a welcome respite from the world-destroying robots, disaster films, and apocalypses of late.

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‘Miss Hokusai’ Scratches Just Beneath Greatness

by Simon Williams October 21, 2016 Print Reviews
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Animated film ‘Miss Hokusai’ is a contemplative, rather Zen experience.

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‘A Man Called Ove’ Deserves an Ovation

by Warren Cantrell October 14, 2016 Print Reviews
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Based on Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name, A Man Called Ove is the story of a man who might just as easily have fallen between life’s cracks were it not for the compassion of strangers willing to take a chance on the guy.

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Win advance passes to see JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK in Kansas City!

by Eric Melin October 11, 2016 Giveaways
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Win advance passes to see JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK in KC!

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‘The Late Bloomer’ should’ve cooked a little longer

by Joe Jarosz October 7, 2016 Print Reviews
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[Rating: Minor Rock Fist Down] I had high hopes for The Late Bloomer. It’s a story with a unique spin on the whole horny-teen sex comedy genre. That formula is pretty simple: Teens in high school want to have sex and high jinx ensue trying to make that a reality. This, however, is about a [...]

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Criterion Goes ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’

by Eric Melin October 3, 2016 Blu-ray/DVD Reviews
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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is Roger Ebert’s sole screenplay credit and it’s gonzo as hell. He takes a bunch of stock characters (and c-list actors and former Playboy playmates) and grinds them through enough ridiculous conflict to put a season of American Horror Story to shame.

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home’: beautiful, peculiar, bloated

by Tim English September 30, 2016 Blogs
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fascinating story that seems to waste far too much time explaining what the hell is going on.

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‘Magnificent Seven’ Cast Makes up for Cliches

by Tim English September 23, 2016 Print Reviews
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The Magnificent Seven is flawed and full of cliches but the cast is fun enough to make it an enjoyable trip to the wild, wild west.

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‘Blair Witch’ fancy remake skips scary stuff

by Tim English September 16, 2016 Print Reviews
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Blair Witch is pretty much a roided up remake of the original, except it’s not scary.

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Solid Hanks boosts ‘Sully’ flight status

by Tim English September 9, 2016 Print Reviews
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Sully is good, just not great. But thanks to another fantastic performance from Tom Hanks, it’s a promising start to awards season.

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‘Southside With You’ Decent But Lacking

by Warren Cantrell August 28, 2016 Print Reviews
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‘Southside With You’ is an engaging, interesting peek into the lives of two influential people, played by a couple of actors who do a superb job slipping into characters much of the world knows quite well.

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‘Hell Or High Water’ Runs Deep

by Alex Ward August 19, 2016 Print Reviews
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But from its nerve-racking opening, through a series of darkly comedic bank heists, and all the way to its quiet climax, Hell Or High Water is a tightly constructed film that smartly tweaks Western tropes while leaving viewers exhilarated.

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‘Sausage Party’: A food orgy of stupidity

by Tim English August 12, 2016 Print Reviews
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Sausage Party is yet another dumb stoner comedy from Rogen and his idiot friends. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing at all wrong with a good stoner animated comedy. We need these, I get it. But this feels like something these boys would have done years ago. Aren’t they past this phase in their careers yet?

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