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The Maze Runner

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

In a rigidly structured dystopian future, one plucky teenager dares to think for himself, shake up the status quo and start a revolution–or, at least the beginning of a trilogy. Such is the stuff of “The Maze Runner,” which hews pretty closely to the YA-novel formula that’s reliably produced so many hugely successful film adaptations in recent years. And, indeed, director Wes Ball’s film is based on the best seller

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  • Dolphin Tale 2

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

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    (AP) — Containing all the elements that made the 2011 original boy and his dolphin story a hit with audiences and critics, Charles Martin Smith’s “Dolphin Tale 2” is another engaging film inspired by the real-life inhabitants of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Bringing together the original cast, headed by Harry Connick Jr., and, of course, Winter, the remarkable dolphin outfitted with a groundbreaking prosthetic tail who put the CMA on

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  • Last Days In Vietnam

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

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    There are many differences between America’s troubled exit from Iraq and its ramshackle retreat from Vietnam. But the U.S. flight from Saigon as seen in Rory Kennedy’s documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” has incredible, unmistakable resonance on the political, ethical and military confusion that occurs when, after years of war, a far-away nation pulls up stakes. These are scenes of a humbled superpower and the terrifying vacuum left behind. South

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  • The Longest Week

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

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    The familiar tribulations of wealthy white New Yorkers become the target of half-hearted, self-regarding social commentary in The Longest Week, a blithely derivative romantic comedy that isn’t without a certain smug charm. VOD specialist Gravitas Ventures will give the film upcoming releases both in theaters and on-demand, where its recognizable casting is likely to achieve the most impact. A frequent, insufferably omniscient voiceover (by Larry Pine) introduces luxury hotel heir

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  • When the Game Stands Tall

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

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    “When the Game Stands Tall” has all the makings of a late-summer hit. It’s the kind of movie that makes you feel good while crying at the same time. “When the Games Stands Tall” is the story of the De La Salle High School football team, which won 151 consecutive games from 1992 to 2004. Had director Thomas Carter, whose film is based on the book by Neil Hayes, simply

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  • If I Stay

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

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    Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a bright 17 year-old full of the bloom of youth. Between playing the cello purely for pleasure and dating the doting boy of her dreams (Jamie Blackley), the happy high school senior considers herself truly blessed. She is even lucky enough to have the perfect parents (Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard) who support the idea of her majoring in classical music, whether she gets

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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

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    Rebooting the popular franchise after Paramount acquired the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” rights, producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman have taken on a full recap of the turtle’s origin story and their epic conflict with the dastardly Foot Clan crime syndicate. As a late-summer entry arriving just before the school year begins, “Turtles” could see some moderately enthusiastic if somewhat unpredictable response from the film’s target audience, since many

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