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    Week in Review: ‘Jurassic World’ gets a clip and some criticism from Joss Whedon

    Get More: 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News Maybe the second most anticipated movie of the summer is Jurassic World, in part because Hollywood’s newest, biggest star, Chris Pratt, gets the chance to headline yet another blockbuster. But if you watched the trailer some weeks ago, you might’ve noticed how grim, self-serious and decidedly […] More

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    Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ is bigger than his stomach

    Big Eyes Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski Directed by Tim Burton USA, 2014 It’s difficult to imagine what Tim Burton was trying to accomplish with his latest effort, Big Eyes.  Tonally, it’s the most confounding movie of the year, pinging wildly between drama, surrealism and farce.  Even the actors seem confused, with each […] More

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    ‘Big Eyes’ is a fairy tale in disguise

    At first glance, Tim Burton’s latest, Big Eyes, appears to be a departure from the filmmaker’s general proclivities towards the grotesque and fantastical. Scissor-handed youths, murderous barbers, and obnoxious ghouls are nowhere to be found in this deceptively straightforward biopic of kitsch-master Walter Keane and his wife, Margaret. A cursory glance at the film might lead one to question just what Burton thinks he’s doing in the realm of realism. More

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    ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ holds comedy hostage

    There’s nothing more depressing than a lazy comedy, and Horrible Bosses 2 suffers from a terminal case of laziness. Instead of gleefully diving into its richly-black premise, it settles for obvious sight gags and uninspired improvisations. A talented comedic cast is wasted on material that aims for mediocrity and hits the target over and over again. There simply aren’t enough laughs here to justify this film’s existence. More

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    Week in Review: Is Christoph Waltz the next Bond villain?

    Today’s Week in Review takes us to the highly probable rumor mill and some potentially sensational casting. First up, The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz is on board to be the villain in the still untitled, Sam Mendes-helmed Bond 24. The Daily Mail was also the source behind other potential Bond news regarding […] More

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    ‘The Zero Theorem’ sees Terry Gilliam in his comfort zone, for worse rather than better

    Rather than the political surveillance looked at in Brazil, corporate surveillance is the primary focus, though the film’s weak digs at both that and the impersonal nature of our online modern age lack any of the bite of the earlier film. Exploration of the latter idea certainly isn’t helped by the writing of Bainsley, a character lacking in any agency of her own. Thierry is victim to an uncomfortable amount of fetishistic objectification, present even outside of the few scenes in which it contextually makes a little sense. Kim Griest’s well-rounded, independent heroine is just one of the ways in which Brazil still has punch today as a key science fiction work; The Zero Theorem, an effort that never excels, is a light shove at best. More

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    First trailer for Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’

    Tim Burton is back with what looks like his most grounded film since 1994’s amazing Ed Wood with a trailer for the upcoming Big Eyes. The film tells the story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), the artist of the famous series of paintings featuring large eyed waif characters. Her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) famously took credit […] More

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    Fantasia 2014: ‘The Zero Theorem’ undermines its satire with muddy ideology and philosophy

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one already: a low-level cog in a comically large bureaucratic environment in a grotesque-looking “future” dystopia struggles in the face of obsolescence and oblivion. The character in question is fundamentally good, but incredibly weedy, their resolve and spirit having been ground to stumps by the world around them. More

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