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Transformers: Age of Extinction isn’t so much a movie as it is a 165-minute propaganda film made to appeal to the widest demographic possible — but mainly for China.

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Catching Fire may be a slight improvement but it suffers from the same weaknesses of The Hunger Game offering plodding action sequel light on action.

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Percy Jackson returns for yet another underwhelming mythological adventure.

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Since Hoult and Tomlinson don’t generate much heat and the story has zero surprises, there’s not any reason to stay invested in this dull fairy tale re-imagining. The film suffers from timing, I suppose, being the most recent in this lame fairy-tale update trend, which seems to exist only to let Hollywood’s VFX artists loose on properties that are immediately familiar to a global audience.

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Eric, Trey and Trevan discuss the Oscars, Seth MacFarlane and the biggest upsets of the night before getting into this week’s movies, Jack The Giant Slayer and John Dies At The End.

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This week’s podcast is dedicated entirely to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Gary Ross. Today, Eric and Trevan review the film before moving on to discuss movies with similar themes and plot lines, including Battle Royale, which just happens to be playing at the Screenland Crossroads this weekend. We know [...]

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The young-adult book series by Suzanne Collins that has taken the country by storm gets its first movie adaptation as ‘The Hunger Games’ hits theaters.

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In the midst of the summer movie season, comic book movie exhaustion and action overload has started to weigh heavily on me. Do we really need another film about a dude in a crazy suit, who punches other dudes in crazy suits? Isn’t there an upper threshold for the number of these films that can [...]

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Movie Review: Easy A

by Vincent Scarpa on September 17, 2010

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I must confess that when I first saw the trailer for “Easy A,” the literature nerd in me was thrilled. A teen comedy that takes on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter”? So down. I didn’t expect much of the movie—by which I mean I went in with no expectations of greatness—and while I don’t think [...]

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Making films about the “afterlife” can be tricky. Director Peter Jackson (“King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) is wrangling with this potentially divisive subject matter and the prospect of adapting a beloved book with his newest film “The Lovely Bones.” The end result is a movie that feels like several disjointed parts rather than [...]

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