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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
It's a Matter – or a Mad Hatter – of Time

In retrospect, my mild praise for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was guided by an incorrect approach to the material, namely the preconceived notion that the film would be a fairly faithful adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s original novels. Going into Alice Through the Looking Glass, for which Burton stays on board as one of the producers while giving the directing reins to James Bobin, I knew to withhold all expectations regarding faithfulness.
A Villain's "Final Solution"

It cannot be denied that Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse comes at a time when the movie market is saturated with comic book adaptations, the latest of which, Captain America: Civil War, was released only earlier this month. Indeed, despite being just six years into the 2010s, I think it’s already safe to say that they have pretty much defined the entire decade. We need more of these movies about as much as we each need a hole in the head. Nevertheless, it also cannot be denied that the film is a success.
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They're In a Movie that's Not So Nice

The lure of The Nice Guys is not the fact that it’s a buddy cop movie, one of countless others. Rather, it’s the pairing of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Indeed, the ads have been promising a perfectly mismatched comedic duo, most recently reminiscent of Mark Wahlberg and Will Farrell in The Other Guys. It might have turned out that way, had the characters had actually been developed. The same can be said for the film as a whole.
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A Stilted Romantic Comedy

Love & Friendship, adapted from Jane Austen’s novel Lady Susan, is a film of delicious wit and ingenious plotting – not in the structural narrative sense, but in the sense that several of the conversations are verbal tennis matches between people with agendas.
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Too Much Franchise for Me

I knew this day was coming, the day the Marvel Cinematic Universe would grow too big for its own good and become mentally exhausting. Captain America: Civil War is the thirteenth film of a series that knowingly and unfailingly intertwines their numerous story arcs, and for the first time, it was simply too much for me to take in.
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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.
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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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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.
It's a Matter – or a Mad Hatter – of Time
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A Villain's "Final Solution"
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They're In a Movie that's Not So Nice
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A Stilted Romantic Comedy
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Too Much Franchise for Me
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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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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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