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  • Norm of the North

    Norm of the North

    ★½

    Animated kid's films have really raised the bar over the years thanks to Pixar, DreamWorks, Illumination and other studios, to the point that it's hard to remember how bad they often got in the pre-Toy Story era. These days the most mediocre we tend to get are the likes of Ice Age: Collision Course: lazy and recycled, to be sure, but at least watchable. It takes a truly horrendous movie to make us realized how good we have it right…

  • Max Steel

    Max Steel

    ★★

    A lot of people were quick to label the DC Extended Universe's 2016 efforts, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, as the worst superhero films of the year. With respect to those opinions, I firmly believe that many of them said so without having seen Max Steel. They certainly wouldn't be in the minority there, as Mattel and Open Road's attempt to jump into the big money of superhero films made barely a peep at the box…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    "What a lovely day" is Mad Max: Fury Road's most marketed phrase, but the one that most exemplifies it is "We are not things." This fourth film in the famous Australian franchise is a $150 million arthouse post-apocalyptic spaghetti western, and a fabulous one at that. George Miller is as good as he's ever been behind the camera with this intense experience that turns many elements of the action genre on its head. The acting is top-notch -- including from…

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★★

    Being that I am an entertainment reporter, it is very rare that I can go into a film knowing almost nothing about it. Before 2012, the last time I was able to do so was Cloverfield; with Cabin in the Woods however I was determined to do so. I had heard much about the struggle to get the film released, of course--filmed by Drew Goddard based on a script by Joss Whedon and himself, delayed to do 3D post-conversion and…