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‘Finding Dory’ Review: Pixar’s Fishy Franchise Just Keeps Swimming

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by Matt Singer June 10, 2016 @ 9:28 AM
Pixar
Like every other Pixar release, Finding Dory opens with a short film. This one is called “Piper”; it’s about a little bird learning to hunt for food among the scary ocean waves. It’s a terrific showcase for Pixar’s latest advancements in computer animation, which in recent years has taken on the qualities of great nature photography. The sunlight sparkles against the water, which ripples and flows with uncanny accuracy, and when the little bird kicks a pile of sand in a crab’s face you can practically count the individual grains.

‘Warcraft’ Review: This Movie Could Use a Little Less War and A Lot More Craft

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by Britt Hayes June 8, 2016 @ 5:01 PM
Legendary Entertainment
Who is the target audience for Warcraft? Based on the marketing materials, one might assume it’s for fans of Lords of the Rings: a high-fantasy action flick featuring orcs and dwarves, wizards and swords, mystical creatures and a hero who vaguely resembles Viggo Mortensen if you tilt your head just so. One might also assume that Warcraft was made for fans of World of Warcraft, the immensely popular multi-player online RPG that shares many of the same characters and basic narrative threads. But after actually seeing Warcraft, a different answer emerges: it’s for 13-year-old fans of Power Metal who run D&D games on the weekends and spent their allowance on a commemorative replica of the One Ring.

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ Review: On Second Thought, Maybe CGI Turtles Look Better in the Shadows

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by Matt Singer June 2, 2016 @ 8:33 AM
Paramount
Here’s a question: Why do the Ninja Turtles wear masks? What could they possibly have to hide? Are they worried people will discover their secret identities as mutant turtles who work as, like, electricians or tech support?

‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ Review: The Lonely Island Makes ‘Spinal Tap: The Next Generation’

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by Matt Singer June 1, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
It’s been more than 30 years since This Is Spinal Tap hilariously mocked the pop music scene and launched the mockumentary subgenre. If there can be such a thing as a “spiritual remake” of an old movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is it. It takes the same basic structure as Spinal Tap (a fake documentary about life in the music industry) and its narrative framework (a formerly hot pop acts fall from grace) and layers in a whole new generation of jokes about dopey celebrities in the age of social media. It doesn’t break any new ground, and it might not even be its creators’ most effective satire of this subject, but it is funny.

‘The Do-Over’ Is a Bad Movie But It’s a Pretty Decent Budweiser Commercial About Finding a Cure for Cancer

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by Matt Singer May 31, 2016 @ 12:18 PM
Netflix
The following post contains SPOILERS for The Do-Over. Yes, if you are worried about spoiling Adam Sandler‘s latest Netflix movie, do not read this piece. Also, if you’re worried about spoiling Adam Sandler’s latest Netflix movie, I want to interview you. Please email me at ThisIsAJokeDoNotEmailMe@gmail.com.

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ Review: There’s No Wonder Here

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by Erin Whitney May 26, 2016 @ 8:09 AM
Disney
Much of Tim Burton’s 2010 ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was a forgettable, unsavory mess, but it did have some redeemable qualities. The filmmaker’s eye-popping visuals and imaginative production design were the best aspects of the largely unbearable Disney movie. But you’ll find none of that in the new sequel.

‘The Nice Guys’ Review: Thanks to Shane Black, the Buddy Cop Movie Is Not Getting Too Old For This Stuff

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by Matt Singer May 20, 2016 @ 10:06 AM
The Nice Guys opens with a shot of the Hollywood sign in 1977, dilapidated and covered with graffiti. While modern film nerds look back at that era as a kind of Golden Age, the Los Angeles of The Nice Guys is a place that has lost its luster. The town is swimming in smog and porn; it is literally and metaphorically dirty from top to bottom. The crumbling Hollywood sign is historically accurate, but it also makes a convenient symbol, not just of the place as it was, but as it still is — particularly at this time of year, when everything is based on something else and it sometimes feels like the studios are remaking movies that were just released a few weeks earlier.

‘Money Monster’ Review: Greed Is Good. This Movie Is Bad.

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by Matt Singer May 13, 2016 @ 9:47 AM
Sony
When it opens on Friday, Money Monster will be the most preposterous film currently in theaters. No easy feat at a time when multiplexes also feature a superhero saga about a genius in a suit of flying armor fighting a man who spent 75 years frozen in an iceberg and an adaptation of a cartoon about a boy who can talk to bears and snakes.