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    Michael Caine is in search of ‘Youth’ in first trailer from ‘The Great Beauty’ director’s follow-up

    Nothing says youth like a film starring Michael Caine. The first trailer for Youth, or The Early Years, hit the web on Saturday. The film is director Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up for the Oscar winning, The Great Beauty. It is his second English language film to this point. Sorrentino has amassed a large cast with Caine […] More

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    ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ is more smarm than charm

    There’s a hilarious moment in the classic ‘80s comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles when Steve Martin has finally had enough of John Candy’s inane anecdotes. “When you’re telling these little stories,” he instructs Candy, “here’s a good idea… have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener!” If only the makers of the new spy actioner Kingsman: The Secret Service had taken that advice. Despite all of its self-satisfied smugness, Kingsman neglects to give us a coherent story, consistent tone, or anything worth caring about. It’s ironic that a film trying so hard to be inventive and outrageous ends up being such a derivative bore. More

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    ‘Interstellar’ is a bumpy, exhilarating ride

    Interstellar begins at an indeterminate point in Earth’s future, when blight and drought are pushing humanity to the breaking point. “This world is a treasure, but it’s been telling us to leave for a long time now,” laments engineer-turned-farmer, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey). He’s a practical man who set aside dreams of space travel in order to provide for his family, and yet his powerful intellect keeps him sneaking glances skyward. When he and his precocious daughter, Murph (Mackenzie Foy), decipher mysterious signals directing them to random GPS coordinates, Cooper is only too eager to indulge his curiosity. More

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    ‘Interstellar’ is only haphazardly successful

    I really jibe with what Interstellar is trying to accomplish. I want big budget films to aim intellectually and emotionally high. I agree with most of its messages and themes. I am the choir it is preaching to. Which makes it all the more disappointing that the movie is, in the most charitable view, only haphazardly successful. There are aspects to love about the movie — it’s the best-looking blockbuster in years, and there are some truly enrapturing moments. but that’s scattered among strings of misaimed beats across a punishing, nearly three-hour runtime. More

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    Film Vs. Novelization: ‘Jaws: The Revenge’

    It’s rare that a film is unanimously considered one of the worst of all time, but almost every bottom ten list manages to find room for the fourth entry in the Jaws franchise. Be it the ambiguous nature of the title (who, exactly, is taking revenge?), the wooden performances or the rubber monster haunting the cast on […] More

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    ‘Now You See Me’ a toxic blend of arrogance and ludicrousness

    “Some things are better left unexplained,” a character intones at one point in Now You See Me, a wise lesson that the film’s trio of screenwriters should’ve taken to heart. This heist film, in which a quartet of magicians are highly intelligent thieves (or are they?), becomes more nonsensical and inexplicable the more we learn about how these tricksters have robbed banks (or have they?) and sent federal agents on various wild-goose chases (or were…well, you get the idea). More

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    Video of the Day: Watch the opening minutes of star-studded caper ‘Now You See Me’

    Nestled among the franchise sequels and superhero movies this summer is a movie called Now You See Me. Directed by The Transporter‘s Louis Leterrier, the film boasts a cast that reunites Zombieland co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson alongside Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Melanie Laurent, Mark Ruffalo, Common, and Elias Koteas. […] More

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