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John DeVore

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is silly but satisfying...and a timely blockbuster more

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Houses were meant to be haunted. A human life is too filled with misery to say otherwise. These places that we live are sponges for our memory—each corner, each cobweb, each crawlspace soaks up the experiences of those that live and die beneath ... more

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Elder care is a topic that will become increasingly more important in the next decade. It’s important now, of course, but sooner than later more and more Baby Boomers will enter into the final stages of their lives, in numbers far greater than ... more

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Everyone likes a mystery. From Sherlock Holmes to The Big Lebowski, most people enjoy trying to piece together a narrative, to solve some crime before the protagonist, to prove to themselves (or their significant other) that if things have just ... more

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Michael Moore has always been a loudmouth. He’s brash, uncompromising, and provocative. His in-your-face style gonzo journalism can certainly be a turn off for a large section of the population—even if your opinions tend to match his, he’s not a ... more

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Hollywood doesn’t let franchises die. If something was popular once, chances are it can be popular again. This is the essential Hollywood axiom. It’s the reason we get prequels to Alien, sequels to The Terminator, and endless movies about a ... more

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Everyone loves an underdog story. I suppose it comes from a certain selfishness. We are all underdogs in our own minds. Everyone is party to their own struggles. These hardships are the essence of empathy, of putting others first, of seeing the ... more

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Not all movies can be good. In general terms, there are three to five movies released wide every week and dozens more in smaller markets around the country. Film is big business and audiences demand new content on a regular basis, largely as a ... more

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As I was watching The Happytime Murders I couldn’t help but think of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The 1988 classic was a testament to the marriage of good storytelling and passionate filmmaking. Every single shot was carefully and artfully crafted ... more

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When I first discovered Stephen King’s writing, one of the things I enjoyed was he how connected these seemingly disparate stories into a fairly cohesive universe. It wasn’t something you saw much in fiction, outside of comic books, and it helped ... more

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Spike Lee’s latest film BlacKkKLansman might be set in the 1970s but it’s not movie about a time period. One of the more frustrating things about living in the future is how hard old habits seem to die. Lee is a filmmaker that knows the limits of ... more

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I think there’s a thirteen-year-old girl in all of us. At least, there is if my reaction to Eighth Grade, a new film by comedian Bo Burnham, is any indication. It’s true that there might be some personal history at play in the way I identify with ... more

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What is there to say about Fred Rogers? An entire generation grew up watching him change his shoes and feed his fish. We all traveled to the land of make believe with his trolley. Each one of us received packages from Mr. McFeely. more

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Sorry to Bother You is about a lot of things. It’s the type of film that can be endlessly dissected over the course of many viewings. Each scene, each detail, each character choice, design, and detail add up to something profound, but elusive. more

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2015’s Ant-Man is no one’s favorite Marvel film. Looking back, it seems likely a footnote, like a small story that doesn’t quite fit with the epic storytelling of the franchise. It’s an anomaly—fun enough, filled with charisma, but not exactly ... more

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Social progress and religion has always been problematic. As the world changes and becomes more accepting, things that were once viewed as sinful are later viewed as inherent. This is especially apparent now, when people are connected to each ... more

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Dark comedies always a risk. As The Office’s Michael Scott once said, “There is no such thing as an appropriate joke” and despite the character’s general tone deafness, in this case, he’s right. Humor is rooted in the unexpected, in surprise, and ... more

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Seeing 2004’s The Incredibles was one of my favorite movie experiences. I knew nothing about the film going in, expected to be underwhelmed by a kid’s movie, and was blindsided by how great it was. In general, I feel like the current Hollywood ... more

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A popular way to market new prestige horror films is to call them “the scariest film since The Exorcist.” I use the term “prestige horror” in the same way television writers use the term “prestige television” to describe dramas on HBO and AMC ... more

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Between 1978 and 1996, Action Park was a popular tourist destination in Vernon, New Jersey. For those unfamiliar, the amusement park was notoriously dangerous and during the park’s tenure six people died from injuries sustained on the rides. more

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There’s nothing better than seeing a movie with low expectations and being pleasantly surprised. Given how low my expectations tend to be for Hollywood tent-pole movies, you’d think it would happen more often. Usually, however, Hollywood movies ... more

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