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Big Trouble in Little China vs. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

I’ve heard it said that 1986’s Big Trouble in Little China was ahead of its time. It introduced American audiences to Asian mysticism and style of filmmaking before they were ready to embrace them in a big-budget action film. With … Continue reading

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Will Avatar 2 Share the Same Fate as Alice Through the Looking Glass?

Alice in Wonderland debuted in March 2010 and it took Disney remakes of their own films to a whole new level. It was the first of its kind to make $1 billion worldwide, and every live-action Disney remake since it … Continue reading

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Forgotten Film Gems: Truly Madly Deeply

Would you like a cathartic film to deal with the loss of Alan Rickman? Watch Truly Madly Deeply. It’s a refreshingly low-key ghost movie that came out the same year as Ghost, but attracted much less attention. It also came … Continue reading

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The Types of Movies That Currently Dominate Each Month of the Year

When you study movies all the time, you start to notice interesting patterns. This week I took a long hard look at movie release schedules over the past few years, and I noticed that certain types of films seem to … Continue reading

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Pleasant Surprises: Penelope

Penelope is a whimsical little film about a girl who spends the first 25 years of her life with a pig snout for a nose. I thought it was bizarre the first time I saw it. But then I gave … Continue reading

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Why Are There So Many Wizard of Oz Sequels, Prequels, Remakes and Spinoffs?

Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful is coming out this Friday, and it is just one in a long string of sequels, prequels, remakes and spinoffs of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. That book was adapted … Continue reading

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Movies That Improve on Multiple Viewings: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I have mixed feelings about the Harry Potter series. I first heard about it in 2000 when the retail store I worked at started carrying paraphernalia from the books. I had no idea what words like Quidditch, Muggle or Voldemort … Continue reading

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