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Movies 101: Twister (1996)

Jan de Bont’s piece de whooshing resistance is a blustery tale of a marriage-rekindled swirling against the backdrop of a spirited squad of southerners and their tornado taunting antics. Equal parts cornball and cool, the Bill Paxton/Helen Hunt-led adventure is … Continue reading

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Movies 101: Flight

Robert Zemeckis’s return trip to live-action directing arrived in the form of an intensely engaging and surprisingly grown-up fare that did not suffer from the absence of the fantastical storybook elements so prominent in the director’s “classic” achievements.  Denzel Washington … Continue reading

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Movies 101: The Dark Knight Rises

The conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy left me stewing in a sense of “pretty good. . . but. . .”  A marvelous accomplishment in cinematic epic-ness;  The Dark Knight Rises stumbled to satisfy my caped cravings story-wise when the … Continue reading

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Movies 101: Prometheus

Ridley Scott’s “it’s not an Alien prequel” Alien prequel looks amazing and sounds amazing but ultimately buckles under the weight of a dumb, stupid, sloppy mess of a script, that unnecessarily tries to force itself into being an Alien prequel … Continue reading

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Movies 101: The ‘Burbs (1989)

One of the ‘Go-To’ titles in the ‘When-in-Doubt’ section of my DVD catalogue, this 1989 chuckle-fest about mild-mannered suburbanites pushed to the brink of Crazytown to prove whether or not their new neighbors are evil, cult-worshiping murderers, stars Tom Hanks … Continue reading

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Movies 101: And Then There Were None (1945)

Based on the Agatha Christie whodunit of the same name (earlier published as ‘Ten Little Indians’), a story that spawned three big-screen adaptations and inspired modern-ish mystery classics like Clue and Murder By Death, the masterfully crafted 1945 original from … Continue reading

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Movies 101: Spies Like Us (1985)

What, for some, falls under the heading of “Movies That Aren’t as Funny Now as They Were Then” (aka The ‘Weird Science’ Syndrome), for me, the 1985 John Landis helmed spy comedy never gets old.  With in-their-prime Chevy Chase and … Continue reading

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Movies 101: Christmas Vacation (1989)

The 1989 holiday classic has become as much a Christmas tradition as tearing open presents and dangling ornaments on the tree.  But more so than the warm and fuzzy Yule vibe it sends coursing through our veins,  the brilliantly hilarious … Continue reading

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Movies 101: The Muppets (2011)

The Muppets offers infrequent sparks of hilarity aimlessly adrift in a sea of uninspired cookie-cuttery and mishandled opportunities, ultimately failing to light fire under this fan’s turkey-stuffed rump.  Director James Bobin and writers Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel quickly lose … Continue reading

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Movies 101: Three Amigos (1986)

Boy, they sure don’t make’em like this anymore. The 1986 classic following the zany misadventures of three movie stars who knucklehead their way into kinda’ sorta’ saving a small Mexican village from the clutches of an evil Bandolero and his … Continue reading

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