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Movie review: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

A smarter spoof than Austin Powers, and free of the over-seriousness the Bond movies, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a much-needed fresh take on spy fiction, one that pays homage to the genre almost as often as it rips it off, subverts it, and then gives it the finger. The movie finds writer-director Matthew Vaughn once again … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Seventh Son’

Considering how hot high fantasy and YA fiction are these days it comes as no surprise that a studio would attempt a hybrid of the two. What is surprising is that Seventh Son is as watchable as it is. By no means is it the second coming of The Lord of the Rings (but then … Continue reading

Movie review: ‘Jupiter Ascending’

Once upon a time it was possible to at least excuse the cinematic overkill of the Wachowski siblings as a willingness to take chances in pursuit of high-concept storytelling and the desire to push the special effects envelope. There technique was groundbreaking when it worked, and pretentious but still engaging when it didn’t. However, with the risible Jupiter Ascending they seem … Continue reading

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