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Why New ‘Ben-Hur’ Deserves Respect, Not Icon Status
3 years ago

Why New ‘Ben-Hur’ Deserves Respect, Not Icon Status

There seems to be only one reason to remake the Charlton Heston classic, “Ben-Hur”- the chariot race.

While the original’s epic scene still holds up, there’s no doubt directors, …
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‘Man Down’ Scribe Slams Critics as Vitriolic, Political
3 years ago

‘Man Down’ Scribe Slams Critics as Vitriolic, Political

Screenwriter Adam G. Simon won’t let nasty reviews ruin the satisfaction of seeing his story on the big screen.

His new movie, “Man Down,” stars top talent like Shia LaBeouf, …
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5 Movies That Nail the Artist’s Creative Spark
3 years ago

5 Movies That Nail the Artist’s Creative Spark

Those youthful proclamations are enough to make a parent’s stomach drop. The life of an artist is one littered with hardship, ambiguous success and uncertainty.

Movies rarely capture the internal …
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‘Hell or High Water’ Nails Trump’s Shocking Rise
3 years ago

‘Hell or High Water’ Nails Trump’s Shocking Rise

You take a high-paying studio gig as one of five or six hatchet writers on a franchise movie. Or, you follow up with a piece of original work that’s not …
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Brosnan’s ‘I.T.’ Shows Our Creepy Digital Future
3 years ago

Brosnan’s ‘I.T.’ Shows Our Creepy Digital Future

Take the 2016 summer as a perfect example. Is anybody clamoring for another viewing of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Jason Bourne” or that “Tarzan” movie?

While a VOD release was once, …
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You Have to Read ‘Sacred Cows’ Before You Vote
3 years ago

You Have to Read ‘Sacred Cows’ Before You Vote

Though Eszterhas has a notorious reputation for dealing in darker material (“Basic Instinct,” “Showgirls”), “Sacred Cows” is his darkest, most controversial script to date.

To many who have read it, …
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Why the Big Budget Movie Western Is Dead
3 years ago

Why the Big Budget Movie Western Is Dead

Academy-Award winner Denzel Washington led the ensemble piece, and Antoine Fuqua (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Equalizer”) called the shots behind the camera.

The film hasn’t scratched $100 million at the …
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How ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise Trumps Freddy, Jason
3 years ago

How ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise Trumps Freddy, Jason

Through sequels, reboots, re-imaginings and remakes, they simply refuse to go away. They are characters as everlasting as James Bond.

Through six films, Chucky from “Child’s Play,” carved out a …
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5 Horror Remakes That Deserve a Second Chance
3 years ago

5 Horror Remakes That Deserve a Second Chance

The name recognition helps secure a big opening weekend, and they’re churned out like product on an assembly line.

That’s not always the case. Most horror remakes may seem stale, …
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5 Great Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen (But Should)
3 years ago

5 Great Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen (But Should)

“A Nightmare on Elm Street.” “The Exorcist.”  “The Shining.” These great horror movies sell themselves.

In a genre with low budgets and easy to exploit gimmicks, most horror films are a far …
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