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Guest Movie Review: Machete Kills

October 15, 2013
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The ironic Grindhouse killing machine is back in Robert Rodriguez’s new movie

Guest Movie Review: Riddick

September 9, 2013
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Bald and ruthless interplanetary badass Riddick is back, played by the man who made him a cult sci-fi favorite

Guest Movie Review: The Wolverine

July 30, 2013
Guest Movie Review: The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman reprises his beloved role as the X-Men’s hairy clawed Canadian killer, Wolverine

Guest Movie Review: RED 2

July 26, 2013
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The old cast from “RED” reunites, along with some new faces – but is this sequel already showing cracks and wrinkles?

Guest Movie Review: Grown Ups 2

July 16, 2013
6Seriously, the BEST part

Endless back-flips alone, Mr. Anderson wryly observes, cannot save a film.

Guest Movie Review: Despicable Me 2

July 9, 2013
5The neighborhood lawn wars get a little out of hand

The reformed super-villain and his minions return in Illumination Entertainment’s sequel to their surprise hit in “Despicable Me 2″

Guest Movie Review: The Heat

July 2, 2013
6This can’t possibly go wrong

It’s a fairly by-the-numbers summer buddy-cop movie – with one important difference!

Guest Movie Review: Monsters University

June 25, 2013
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Pixar’s latest is a prequel: the story of how Mike and Sully from “Monsters, Inc.” first met

Guest Movie Review: The Internship

June 13, 2013
5I feel like I’m being sold something

It’s a movie about an internship at Google: 2.3 billion Google users are commanded to like it.

Guest Movie Review: Now You See Me

June 6, 2013
NOW YOU SEE ME

A band of stage magicians skilled at all kinds of illusions are suspected of pulling off an all-too-real bank heist in Louis Leterrier’s new movie

Guest Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6

May 30, 2013
6Gibson holding out for a bigger part

The sixth installment (God help us all) of the brainless car-porn series roars into theaters

Guest Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

May 21, 2013
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Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the villain in the latest installment of J.J. Abrams’ re-invention of “Star Trek”

Guest Movie Review: The Croods

April 11, 2013
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A family of Neanderthals navigate the dangers of the pre-historic world in DreamWorks’ latest animated feature

Guest Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

March 11, 2013
Guest Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Director Sam Raimi takes on one of the greatest cinematic classics of ‘em all – with decidedly mixed results

Guest Movie Review: Jack the Giant Slayer

March 7, 2013
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The old folk tale gets an sfx-laden kid-friendly modern retelling by one of Hollywood’s most successful directors

Guest Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

February 19, 2013
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John McClane rides again in the latest chapter of the “Die Hard” franchise

Guest Movie Review: Warm Bodies

February 7, 2013
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“Warm Bodies” is a zombie rom-com: but does boy meet girl, or EAT girl?

Guest Movie Review: Hansel & Gretel

January 29, 2013
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The adorable little candy-seeking moppets from the folk tale are all grown up and exceedingly well-armed in “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”

Guest Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

January 15, 2013
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The controversial new movie about the hunt for bin Laden – and the role torture might have played in that hunt

Guest Movie Review: Jack Reacher

December 26, 2012
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It’s Tom Cruise starring as Lee Child’s super-tall, super-gritty action hero!

Guest Movie Review: The Hobbit

December 18, 2012
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The first part of director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited movie adaptation of “The Hobbit” is finally here

Guest Movie Review: The Sessions

December 11, 2012
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The Oscar race for Best Actor gets a little bit more crowded with the performance of John Hawkes in Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions”

Guest Movie Review: Life of Pi

December 7, 2012
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A boy and a tiger, trapped at sea – the best-selling novel “Life of Pi” gets a movie adaptation by Ang Lee

Guest Movie Review: Rise of the Guardians

November 27, 2012
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Santa Claus … the Easter Bunny … the Sandman … the Tooth Fairy … figures out of children’s story-time band together with Jack Frost to fight an evil that threatens childhood itself

Guest Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph

November 8, 2012
5Jane Lynch, Space Marine

The dynamic of beloved old video games gets a surprisingly nuanced treatment in the latest offering from Disney

Guest Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

October 28, 2012
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Time-bending? Gender-bending? Race-bending? “Cloud Atlas” drifts onto Mr. Anderson’s radar.

Guest Movie Review: Alex Cross

October 22, 2012
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The best-selling James Patterson novel, featuring his most popular recurring character, gets a big-screen adaptation

Guest Movie Review: Argo

October 16, 2012
6Affleck implemented the worst moustaches for this film

Director Ben Affleck’s latest, “Argo,” is a real Hollywood movie about a fake Hollywood movie way back in the 1970s

Guest Movie Review: Frankenweenie

October 8, 2012
6Boy and his dog, take two

Tim Burton’s new movie has a surprising amount of heart and soul

Guest Movie Review: The Master

October 2, 2012
6He must be sad about that shirt

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, featuring a thinly-veiled take on L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology

Guest Movie Review: Dredd

September 24, 2012
6No doors were harmed in the writing of this review

The two Judge Dredds: For fans, Dredd is the hero of his own comic series; a futuristic lawbringer whose stories have been told in the weekly British comic anthology 2000 A.D. since 1977. In the …

Guest Movie Review: Branded

September 10, 2012
6I was hoping for WAY more of this

A visually surrealistic new movie about the evils of marketing and advertising run amok.

Guest Movie Review: Lawless

September 3, 2012
6This might not end well

Hollywood Next Big Things – past, present, and future? – share screen-time in a gritty tale of the Prohibition-era South.

Guest Movie Review: The Apparition

August 27, 2012
6Technology, the replacement for thinking on your own

The Twilight film series will finally be coming to a close this fall, and with it the free rides of many of the young actors and actresses who made names for themselves in their roles …

Guest Movie Review: ParaNorman

August 20, 2012
5I swear, it started as a lava lamp!

A creepy, touching stop-motion masterpiece from the creators of “Coraline”

Guest Movie Review: The Bourne Legacy

August 14, 2012
6We’ll see this face-off sometime in the future

Jeremy Renner steps into Matt Damon’s action-shoes in the latest instalment of the “Bourne” series!

Guest Movie Review: Total Recall

August 6, 2012
6Somehow I don’t think quotI didn’t do itquot will work

Critics tend to scoff at remakes. To many, these copies represent the worst that Hollywood has to offer, blatantly repeating stories that were successful in the past, rather than risk trying anything new. As movie …

Guest Movie Review: Beasts of the Southern Wild

July 16, 2012
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Aurochs run amok in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” John C. Anderson reviews.

Guest Movie Review: Savages

July 9, 2012
7Their next film together will obviously be about Luchadors

Oliver Stone’s new movie about drugs, violence, sex, and savages!

Guest Movie Review: Ted

July 2, 2012
5Well, this is awkward

“Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane tries his hand at live-action comedy!

Guest Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

June 25, 2012
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Mash-up fiction come to the big screen in “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”!

Guest Movie Review: Rock of Ages

June 18, 2012
6They Wanna Rock

The big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway play “Rock of Ages”

Guest Movie Review: Prometheus

June 11, 2012
7 Sorry dude, you’re too interesting to live

Ridley Scott’s long-awaited sci-fi epic finally arrives!

Guest Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

June 4, 2012
6 The fairest of them all; seriously, I don’t get it

Can the Peter Jackson/Lord of the Rings approach work with the Brothers Grimm? Mr. Anderson tells the tale!

Guest Movie Review: The Chernobyl Diaries

June 2, 2012
5 There’s nothing creepier than Russian children

Disaster movie or disaster of a movie? Horror movie or horrible movie? Mr. Anderson disambiguates!

Movie Review: Battleship

May 21, 2012
6We’re going to need a bigger boat

Can an enormous budget save an old, defunct board game about an old, defunct class of warship? Ask Mr. Anderson!

Movie Review: Dark Shadows

May 14, 2012
well, what do you know? Apparently, blondes DO have more fun

The latest collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is very nearly un-dead on arrival, according to our guest-poster, movie blogger John Anderson!

Tales of the Tales of Monkey Island

September 1, 2010
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Like paintings or fine wine, video games have a lifespan – a messy birth, a heyday of renown, and a decline. Retrace the epic life, death – and afterlife? – of Tales from Monkey Island.