Fantastic Four (Review)
Aug06

Fantastic Four (Review)

As the new Fantastic Four begins, focusing on young genius Reed Richards in middle school, it almost has a sense of wonder. It seems to come right out of those old 1980s movies in which kids on summer vacation with limitless imagination could do just about anything, movies like Explorers, The Goonies, or Space Camp (a mood that J.J. Abrams tried to pay homage to with his Super 8). As the characters grow up, that mood continues a...

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Review)
Jul29

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Review)

Though it has come a long way from Bruce Geller’s 1960s TV series (“Good luck, Jim. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.”), the Mission: Impossible franchise occupies a nifty place in American action movies. Unlike the Avengers, James Bond, Bourne, the Transporter, or the Expendables, who charge headfirst into action, these highly-trained heroes are still somewhat reluctant. In a similar vein, Jackie Chan...

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