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In 1973, 90-million Americans huddled around their cathode ray tubes to watch the “Battle of the Sexes” exhibition tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. At 29, King was considered the best women’s tennis player in the world (Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s dual ascendancy was just years away). At 55, Riggs was long past his …

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Writer-director Matthew Vaughan had 414 million reasons – or rather his producing partners did – for making a sequel to 2015’s semi-surprising comic-book adaptation, Kingsman: The Secret Service. With that kind of return on investment (ROI) equal to more than four times the production budget, a sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, was …

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Two confessions I want to make right up front about Kingsman: The Golden Circle. First, much as I always intend to walk into every screening with an open mind, hoping for the best, the very model of film critic purity, I was actually worried. Why, I wondered, do we need a Kingsman sequel? Apart from its status as a comic book property – and per …

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Everything isn’t awesome in Warner Bros.’ latest, cinematic universe-expanding exercise in brand management and IP (intellectual property) exploitation, The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Based on a decade-old line of LEGO toys – thus, minus the nostalgic factor that contributed heavily to the success of 2014’s The LEGO Movie – The LEGO Ninjago Movie …

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If there was a Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting, chances are Jake Gyllenhaal would be in the running, if not win outright. A confident, fearless performer, Gyllenhaal has crafted a career as a performer playing larger-than-life characters, sometimes to the detriment of the film surrounding his performance. Gyllenhaal has appropriated the usual …

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Privilege, especially of the white, male kind, allows you to look at your life and not see your accomplishments, including a loving wife, a talented, well-adjusted son a year away from college, or the one-man, non-profit organization you founded and lead, and see nothing but dreams unfulfilled, potential untapped, and disappointment realized. Add to …

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Time: that tortuous ticking clock, that mysterious muse, that swift and sneaking thief. Our relationship with time is too complex to fully fathom within a given moment, for we can never step outside our own perspective. One long Monday at the office feels like it will never end, but then somehow we get to Friday and wonder where…

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Cartels (Lionsgate) stars Steven Seagal in an action thriller that pits American forces against an Eastern European drug cartel. U.S. Marshal Tom Jensen (Luke Goss) is assigned to protect an imprisoned Russian drug lord (Florin Piersic, Jr.) from his former employee, brutal assassin Bruno Sinclaire (Georges St-Pierre). In a framing device, government agent John Harrison (Seagal) interrogates Jensen and flashbacks show an operation gone wrong.

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mother! is a work of art that runs so deep and tackles so much that it’s difficult to fully encapsulate even within a long form review. It’s the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, whom we can always rely on to deliver works of audacious artistry and frightening surrealism, but even coming from the auteur behind The Fountain and…

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Summer has become the Season of Super Heroes, with assorted saviors in spandex making their way to movie theaters during this lucrative period. Wonder Woman (Warner Home Video) is the latest of the bunch, but this one is different.

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