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Shyam Vedantam

Drama wastes interesting premise
3 years ago

Drama wastes interesting premise

“True Story,” based on Michael Finkel’s memoir of the same name, fails to be as interesting as the true story.

Finkel’s stories were on multiple covers of The New York …
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New ‘Furious’ film resorts to same formula
3 years ago

New ‘Furious’ film resorts to same formula

“Furious 7” has a nonsensical plot and dull dialogue, but it speeds past these road bumps that might otherwise sideline any other film with a familiar mix of levity and …
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‘Marigold’ sequel delightfully simple
3 years ago

‘Marigold’ sequel delightfully simple

Film underwhelmingly mixes talented cast with stuffy plot

As the title suggests, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” doesn’t portray anything new or particularly interesting, but the film’s geriatric cast …
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Weak cyber crime action movie features lackluster performance
3 years ago

Weak cyber crime action movie features lackluster performance

“Blackhat” fails to make hacking watchable for audiences

“Blackhat,” starring Chris Hemsworth, is a plodding crime drama about hacking, with clumsy dialogue and boring characters.

Michael …
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Dull script weakens WWII story
3 years ago

Dull script weakens WWII story

“Unbroken” tells the unbelievable true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic long distance runner who was captured by Japanese troops during World War II after his plane was shot …
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‘Dumb’ doesn’t live up to original lowbrow classic
3 years ago

‘Dumb’ doesn’t live up to original lowbrow classic

The sequel to the Farrelly brothers’ classic comedy “Dumb and Dumber” is an almost carbon copy of the original film. However, “Dumb and Dumber To” isn’t as iconic, and …
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‘Ouija’ underwhelms with unoriginality

With uninspired scares and lackluster directing by Stiles White, “Ouija” is a completely forgettable foray into the horror-film genre.

Hasbro is taking a similar approach to 2012’s “Battleship” by …
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Found-footage ploy ruins film
3 years ago

Found-footage ploy ruins film

Horror film features one-note characters trekking through Parisian catacombs 

While it’s a good commercial for the Paris catacombs, “As Above/So Below” is ultimately another unimpressive foray in the …
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Creative twists engage viewers
3 years ago

Creative twists engage viewers

Moss, Duplass keep “The One I Love” real

A romantic comedy disguised as a dramatic indie film in science fiction wrapping, the genre-crossing Sundance hit, “The One I Love” …
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Star performance keeps James Brown biopic afloat
3 years ago

Star performance keeps James Brown biopic afloat

James Brown, the godfather of soul, gets the biopic treatment in “Get On Up.” It won’t disappoint. The film goes against the classic biopic structure by hopscotching around Brown’s life. …
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