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Planes

Planes

| Joseph McAleer | August 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Having conquered the world of “Cars,” Disney waves its anthropomorphic wand skyward in “Planes,” a delightful 3-D animated adventure.

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

| John Mulderig | August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Problematic material occasionally mars the otherwise serviceable adventure sequel “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”.

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The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2

| Joseph McAleer | July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

If summer’s speedy passing has you feeling blue, then head to “The Smurfs 2″ (Columbia) for a jolly pick-me-up. The lighthearted tone of this 3-D sequel — which, like its 2011 predecessor, mixes animation with live action — comes courtesy of the familiar azure-hued elves of the title.

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The Wolverine

The Wolverine

| John Mulderig | July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Does the idea of a giant suit of samurai armor made out of an indestructible — but, alas, fictional — alloy called adamantium strike you as the coolest thing ever? If so, then the macho superhero adventure “The Wolverine” might just be the movie for you.

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Turbo

Turbo

| Joseph McAleer | July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare gets a Formula One makeover in “Turbo”, a rollicking 3-D animated comedy about a garden snail whose wish for super-speed is unexpectedly granted.

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The Heat

The Heat

| John Mulderig | June 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sometimes funny, but relentlessly foul-mouthed, director Paul Feig’s buddy comedy “The Heat” revels in its own vulgarity.

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Man of Steel

Man of Steel

| John Mulderig | June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Man of Steel”, director Zack Snyder’s take on the familiar narrative of Superman, has the makings of an engaging drama and features thematic elements that viewers of faith in particular can appreciate.

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After Earth

After Earth

| John Mulderig | May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

You can’t go home again. So, at least, the title of a 1940 novel by Thomas Wolfe admonishes us. That’s a bit of advice the characters in the grueling sci-fi adventure “After Earth” (Columbia) — not to mention the real-life folks behind this plodding project — would have done well to heed.

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness

| John Mulderig | May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

In following up on his 2009 reboot of — and prequel to — Gene Roddenberry’s mythos, Abrams crafts a snappy adventure on a spectacular scale. And the story — penned by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof — carries an ethically respectable thematic cargo.

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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3

| John Mulderig | May 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Given that his first appearance in print dates back to 1963, the comics-based superhero of “Iron Man 3″ (Disney) may be said to be turning 50 this year. Perhaps a midlife crisis is to blame for the lack of freshness and charm that mark the latest addition to this blockbuster screen franchise — or perhaps other factors are at fault.

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Jackie Robinson’s struggle to break color barrier well told in ‘42’

Jackie Robinson’s struggle to break color barrier well told in ‘42’

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Minnesota baseball fans who have visited Target Field are familiar with the lineup of retired numbers hanging near the left field foul pole — all belonging to Twins, except for one: No. 42.

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Big Miracle

Big Miracle

| Joseph McAleer | February 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Free Willy,” the 1993 whale rescue film, looks like child’s play when compared to “Big Miracle” (Universal), in which not one but three giant mammals are trapped in Arctic ice, and it takes a whole lot more than a sleepy Alaskan town to save them.

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