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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Can Love Truly Conquer All?

2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman was an underrated entry in the fantasy genre, a film that had all the best elements of a fairy tale – far-off lands, towering castles, a fair maiden, a wicked queen, magical creatures, an enchanted forest, evil spells – yet didn’t entirely steer clear of more modern sensibilities, especially in regards to Snow White’s development as a character.
Technologically of Its Time

Some movies are made at the right time. Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book – the newest of several adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s original stories, and more specifically a 3D live-action remake of Disney’s 1967 animated film – is, on a purely technical level, just right for 2016, since by now enough advancements in computer technology and special effects techniques have been made to do the story justice.
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You Really Don't Want to Know How It Ends

For the first hour and a half or so, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a tense, genuinely frightening thriller with top-notch performances and compelling thematic subtexts. When it reaches its final twenty or so minutes, it inexplicably shifts gears, devolving into a science fiction monster movie the story wasn’t built to support.
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My Violent Valentine

Deadpool is a gratuitously violent, excessively profane comic book movie that rammed through the roadblocks of my cinematic preferences, my common sense, and my values as a human being.
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A Sign of Where Humanity Is at Right Now

What is it with movies like Daddy’s Home? Why is there a demand for inane comedies that are crude, offensive, populated by characters that aren’t even remotely authentic or even likeable, and shockingly shallow? Have people truly deluded themselves into believing that this kind of material is entertaining? As much as I hate sounding like a bitter, puritanical prude, there are only so many tasteless movies I can watch and keep hold of my tongue.
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The Remake Fans Have Been Clamoring For

In 2013, after feeling let down by his Star Trek Into Darkness, I expressed wariness over J.J. Abrams’ involvement with what would come to be called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the long-awaited seventh episode of the Star Wars saga. “If he can compromise the integrity of one beloved franchise,” I wrote at the time, “there’s no telling what he can do to the other.” I felt and still feel that it was a legitimate concern, despite some naysayers who believed otherwise and were happy to tell me so.
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What Can I Say That Hasn't Already Been Said?

If there’s anything I don’t enjoy doing, it’s saying the exact same thing repeatedly. And yet, with certain movies, I’m left with no choice. Such is my problem with Spectre, the newest James Bond film; with the exception of the plot description, my thoughts, feelings, and criticisms will be a near-total reflection of those I had for the previous Bond film, 2012’s Skyfall – although three years has given me enough time to hone my writing abilities, which is to say this new review might be better worded than the last one.
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Charlie Brown: The Ultimate Loser

There are really only two audiences that The Peanuts Movie will fully appeal to. One is very young children, who in all likelihood are unaware of the original Charles Schulz comic strip but will respond well to the bright colors, the uncomplicated plot, the misfortunes of the Charlie Brown character, and the overall message that you only have to be honest, fair, and trustworthy if you want to be liked. The other is the much older group of diehards that are intimately familiar with the strip, the TV specials, and the original five animated films.
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The Highest Form of Patriotism

One of the hallmarks of Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film Munich, a dramatization of the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympic games, was that it examined the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in a nonpartisan way. He takes the same approach in his new film, Bridge of Spies, which dramatizes the true story of James B. Donovan, a Brooklyn-based insurance lawyer who, at the height of the Cold War, found himself negotiating a prisoner transfer as the Americans, the Soviets, and the East Germans embroil themselves in a power play.
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Literally and Figuratively Full-Blooded

Guillermo del Toro inexplicably and inexcusably set his cinematic sensibilities aside for his previous film, the mindless techno action extravaganza Pacific Rim. I feared that we had lost a visionary, that he had fallen under the same spell as Michael Bay and sold his soul to make unimaginative, manufactured hack work. By the end of Crimson Peak, del Toro’s new film, the weight of disappointment had been lifted off my shoulders, and my faith had been restored.
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From The Movie Vault Archives


Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984)
This Is Why B-Movies Develop Cult Followings

Voyage of the Rock Aliens is as hilariously incompetent as the title suggests – a film made from the spare parts of disparate genres that have no business being forced to share the same space. It shows not the slightest indication that anyone involved was ever trying.
Can Love Truly Conquer All?
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Technologically of Its Time
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You Really Don't Want to Know How It Ends
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My Violent Valentine
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A Sign of Where Humanity Is at Right Now
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The Remake Fans Have Been Clamoring For
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What Can I Say That Hasn't Already Been Said?
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Charlie Brown: The Ultimate Loser
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The Highest Form of Patriotism
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Literally and Figuratively Full-Blooded
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This Is Why B-Movies Develop Cult Followings
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New Adaptation, Old-School Tricks
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A Plant Sings for Its Supper
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Baum's Vision Gets Urbanized
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A Camp Horror Movie, Minus the Camp
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Chris Pandolfi makes his picks for The Best Films of 2012. See his full list of favorite films right here!
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Chris Pandolfi makes his picks for The Worst Films of 2012. See the full list of dispicable films right here…
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Chris Pandolfi Talks with the Author of Enemies, A Love Story
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San Diego's Biggest Convention as Seen Through the Eyes of The Massie Twins
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The reasoning behind my review of Act of Valor, supporting our troops, and the meaning of real patriotism
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