Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Review: It’s more than a feeling

Has 'Pixar Fatigue' set in for anyone yet? It did for me, especially for every Pixar movie that came after their 2009 masterpiece, Up. And especially after 2013's Monsters University, it seemed that the Pixar hype train was slowly screeching to a halt. But that same train picked up a full head of steam the…

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‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is all shadows and spectacle

While the Bond franchise has gone for more subdued aesthetics with its contemplative leads, Mission: Impossible, on the other hand, just goes bigger and more insane with each entry, which isn’t bad really. While other spy films implode with their ludicrous plots and set-pieces, M:I somehow manages to succeed each time. Essential to all this…

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‘Ant-Man’ Review: The Luck of the Feige

'Ant-Man' is an underdog. This is quite the understatement. We have a Marvel superhero whose powers and contributions are belittled by readers and non-readers alike (DC’s Aquaman can relate). His long-gestating film adaptation languished in development hell for decades. He finally gets a chance when a then-fledgling movie studio hires an underappreciated writer-director named Edgar…

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‘Magic Mike XXL’ isn’t magical enough without Soderbergh

Magic Mike was a revelation back in 2012.  It proved that Channing Tatum could give a convincing dramatic turn with a good director (like Foxcatcher) and was another stepping stone in the McConaissance phenomenon. The veneer of hunk flesh and sexual energy was the gateway to a world of corrupt economics and 21st century loneliness.…

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