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Film review: 'Taken 2' should be taken away, from the actors who seem barely engaged, to the writers who apparently barely finished high school, to the plot device that would attempt to engage our sympathies for the grieving Albanian father and his extended family, and then suggest...
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Movie review: Seeing 'Red' again

...Red Dawn." They named the characters Jed and Matt and Robert and Darryl. They keep many of the same sequences and plot devices, though stripped, for the most part, of the emotion or resonance from the original film. The most egregious sin...
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Movie review: A big story to tell in 'Oblivion'

...these people would exist. As well, the downing of a strange spacecraft makes no logical sense at all, other than as a plot device to introduce Olga Kurylenko as Julia, the subject of Jack's dreams. By the end, the actions of the characters have...
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'Jump Street' starts strong, falters late

...learn to appreciate the other's strengths and become the best of friends, setting up the over arching "bromance" plot device that runs all buddy comedies. What "21 Jump Street" does well, however, is not linger on any of these elements...
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?Reaping?: Plagues aren?t that bad, but the plot is

...s what you expect. The plagues themselves, while nicely visualized, are treated with almost no creativity as a plot device. The film troops them out diligently as though they were ticking them off a list. In fact, at one point in the film, one frantic...
'The Hunger Games' exceeds expectations

...time for bashing "Twilight" next fall. "The Hunger Games" is particularly problematic because of it's central plot device: kids killing kids. A brief backstory tells of a futuristic America where the country is split into 13 districts...
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'Citizen King': Dinner and a laugh

The last word of a dying tycoon: "Rosebud." What does it mean? Who, or what, is Rosebud? This enigmatic plot device in Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane," widely thought to be one of the greatest films ever to come out of Hollywood...
'Robin Hood' lost in the forest

...frustrating. Worse, though, is when the rest of the film is as haphazard and messy as the aforementioned ill-conceived plot device. The story itself is too complicated to effectively follow, and the characters veer wildly in their particular traits...


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