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Reeling it in: Moviegoers could do far worse than 'Insurgent'

...that's saying something. Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet are all game for whatever silly situation the screenwriters throw at them, and just because it's senseless doesn't mean they don't try to make it at least entertaining. Maybe...
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Dracula ? from villain to hero

...creature spawned of a ill-conceived deal with a demon. It seems the Dracula story still needs a bad vampire, so the screenwriters have invented one to take the position once occupied by our hero. But, as has proved the case time and again throughout...
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Reeling it in: 'Exodus' a thrilling epic - but it has its issues it should be, though somewhat different than what we've seen before.The plot feels a tad rushed, as though the screenwriters figured that we all knew was coming and that they needed to hurry up and get to the good stuff. The biggest problem, however...
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Reeling it in: 'The Imitation Game' good, but misses potential

...including Matthew Goode, does a stellar job in the role. I just wish the film had not been quite so by the numbers. That a screenwriter or director with some style, like maybe the Coen Brothers, had made the film instead. As it is, "The Imitation Game...
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No sleight of hand: 'Now You See Me' a whole lot of fun

...And yes it's schlocky. But it's also a lot of fun, and even though much of it you can see coming a mile away, the screenwriters still manage to keep hidden a twist or two, just to keep you guessing. There's an inherent problem in a movie that makes...
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Movie review: 'Into Darkness' fails to boldly go

...Starfleet brass, it's pretty obvious who he's going to turn out to be. For a good portion of the film, actually, the screenwriters manage to keep the story going in, if not unexpected, at least different directions. Whereas "Wrath of Khan" was about...
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Movie review: Back to school with 'Monsters University' excellent. But as is usually the case with one of these films, it's the writing that really shines. Somehow the screenwriters have managed to capture nearly all of the fun of "Animal House" while maintaining a deserved G rating.Yes, it's a...
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Movie review: Superhero satire sequel misses the mark

...forward to the film despite my reservations. There's talk of a Hit Girl spin-off, and that could be OK, though the screenwriters will have to spend more time examining that character than they did here, this film leaving us with the impression that...
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Reeling it in: Legos, monuments and great expectations

...the Jews, but this is the art movie I'm watching - it's OK if the story of the art is central. I felt as though the screenwriters were apologizing for not mentioning the holocaust every few minutes. There are moments, especially later in the film...
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Twist defines 'Gone Girl' and high box office numbers. I, however, am finding it difficult to appreciate the movie fully. David Fincher and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, who based the script on her own novel, have given us an incredibly faithful adaptation. Note for note...
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