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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★★

    AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR-- 5 STARS

    Six years ago with The Avengers, this writer and website celebrated the “uncompromised planning and genius forethought” that represented the culmination of Marvel Films’ master blueprint. Never before had world-building reached such scale across multiple films, character properties, and storylines. As excellent as the designs have been, we are passed the paper stage. The house is built and the builders have been adding on and having a party. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone from…

  • That Awkward Moment

    That Awkward Moment

    ★★★½

    About midway through the new R-rated sex farce/relationship comedy "That Awkward Moment" starring Zac Efron, "Fruitvale Station" star Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller from "The Spectacular Now," one of the trio of horndog young professionals reminds his buddies that they are part of the so-called "selfish generation." It's a quick self-analysis that is undoubtedly true, but is as quickly forgotten and moved on from as a three-minute-old post on a Twitter feed. This movie doesn't deny it, but is…

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  • August: Osage County

    August: Osage County

    ★★★★½

    Movies about dysfunctional families, no matter if they are little independent gems or classic favorites populated by Hollywood stars, are always prime landscapes for both drama and comedy. They are successful because they make us feel better about our own family we have at home. We either step back saying "Finally, there's someone out there who has it as bad as I do" or "Gosh, I guess my family's not that bad." We either laugh AT their shenanigans as wildly…

  • The Age of Adaline

    The Age of Adaline

    ★★★

    "The Age of Adaline" stars former CW TV star Blake Lively as the title character Adaline Bowman. She was born on New Year's Day in 1908 in San Francisco, but hasn't physically aged since she was 29 years old when an icy automobile accident stopped her heart and a chance lightning bolt brought her back to life. For the last 70+ years since the accident, Adaline has changed identities several times and stayed away from the mainstream public, living between…