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Owned by none, loved by all

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Cats have been woefully maligned by cinema. Sometimes they are villains — like the conniving Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp —...

Frozen is a bit childish, but that’s OK

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Dangling from the edge of Mount Treacly, overlooking the icy abyss of Cliché River, Frozen hurls a Bechtel rope and swings itself to safety in the nick of time. And just in case you miss the climax’s blatantly obvious flipping of established Disney gender roles, ...

Maid in Mexico

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Luxury hotels are bizarre, magical places. They are like hermetically sealed chambers where every possible amenity has been accounted for: Food, drink, entertainment, even...

Swiping Boulder

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Boulder’s reputation as the land of high-altitude hotties obscures a cruel truth: Dating here is hard. As locals on “the apps” know, swiping through...

Sucker punched in the head

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Imagine a building where one side is a dark, dreary insane asylum populated by sadistic guards, doctors and attractive female inmates, and the other side is a popular brothel and speakeasy. Sounds like the heart of a B-movie exploitation film, and that’s what Sucker ...

Five steps to love yourself

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Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne) is the all-American girl next door. She’s bubbly and perky, lives in the suburbs with her parents and is dating...

Right story, wrong script

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Red Tails squanders a great subject, reducing the real-life struggles and fierce heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen to rickety cliché. Some of the action is fun. But if something about that statement doesn’t sound right, well, there’s your chief problem with Red Tails. ...

Sherlock Holmes minus the mystery

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While I enjoyed the 2009 Guy Ritchie reinvention of the fabled detective in Sherlock Holmes, applying the same formula in this newer film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows proved more a boring, tedious exercise in special effects and self-conscious filmmaking and ...

Charming, in a bloody way

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After sitting through the enjoyable but mind-numbingly violent Machete, I’ve come up with a new movie category: bloodbath porn. From the very first scene in this Robert Rodriguez homage to ’70s action films, Machete’s body count surpasses everything since Rambo. Not ...

Hollywood’s golden year

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It’s hard to overstate the significance of 1939 in American cinema. Even though the movies were nearly four decades old, a series of events and...

Whirl fools

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Imagine watching Star Wars and deciding the franchise should forever forward follow C-3PO. And that C-3PO was played by a former hunk who now...

You’re a good man, Charlie Brown

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In the midst of cynically recycled nostalgia, bombastic franchises, reboots and sequels aplenty, it’s surprising that two of the best family movies to come out in 2015 were based on material first published in the 1950s. First was the wonderfully gentle and English, ...