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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ – A flawed flick, but avoids total disaster

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 147 min.

Another week, another comic-book-related beat-down between famous superheroes. This week it’s X-Men: Apocalypse, the sixth title in the popular Marvel series and the third of more recent slate of films featuring younger versions of the characters. This tale is set in...

‘The Nice Guys’ offers amusing tough-guy shenanigans

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 116 min.

Writer/director Shane Black is probably the reigning champ of buddy pictures. He wrote Lethal Weapon (1987) and the underrated (if you ask me), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996). Black has also been responsible for numerous and sometimes uncredited script rewrites on titles like Predator (1987).

Black’s witty, tough-guy banter is as good as it gets and he’s parlayed it into further success by scripting and directing more recent flicks. The hysterical Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and Iron Man 3 (2013) are good examples. His latest, The Nice Guys, features two more misfits bickering their way through a murder mystery.

Holland March...

‘Neighbors 2’: Lackluster, but good for a few laughs

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 92 minutes

Comedy is hard enough without having to recreate your past successes. As follow-ups go, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising features a couple of chuckles and could have been much worse overall. However, this is hardly praise. The sequel suffers from overly familiar situations and like many of its ilk, the successful gag ratio has dropped exponentially. You’ll laugh occasionally, but will have a difficult time remembering any of it in the morning.

Now awaiting the arrival of their second child, Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) have finally decided to move to the suburbs — all they have to do is calmly wait through a 30-day...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for May 20th, 2016

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It’s time for another look at highlights coming your way on Blu-ray and DVD. As always, there’s a lot of interesting stuff. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

Big New Releases!

The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead - One of the first British punk bands get a documentary chronicling their careers from early 1976 to the present. It also includes clips from musicians inspired by the group, including Fred Armisen, David Gahan, Chrissie Hynde and Lemmy. There haven’t been too many write-ups so far, but the ones that have popped up have been positive, calling the end product entertaining and...

‘Money Monster’ – Not a worthy investment

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 98 min.

There have been some pretty crooked events in the financial world over the past decade or two. Money Monster attempts to tap into the anger that we’re all feeling by telling a story of Wall Street corruption. And yet, while the inspiration for this tale may likely have been true, this overly polished effort comes across as preposterous despite the best efforts of cast and crew.

The title refers to a financial show hosted by fast-talking Lee Gates (George Clooney), a man who does as much over-the-top entertaining as provide financial advice. Unfortunately for Gates, his show is suddenly stopped by the arrival of angry viewer Kyle...

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