Fred Claus (2007)

Those with an aversion to schmaltz should steer well clear of Fred Claus, a 2007 Christmas movie so loaded with unstable sweetness it’s nearly unbearable. On the other hand, there’s somewhat of a remarkable quality to the David Dobkin comedy that suggests magic in the David Fogelman and Jessie Nelson screenplay and several surprises from […]

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Four Christmases (2008)

One of the more objectionable modern Christmas movies is the 2008 endeavour Four Christmases. This Yuletide rom-com is directed by Seth Gordon from a screenplay Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson, Jon Lucas, and Scott Moore. It is a vehicle for the homespun services of stars Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn and it has a lot […]

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Santa with Muscles (1996)

Directed by John Murlowski from a screenplay by Jonathan Bond, Fred Mata and Dorrie Krum Raymond, Santa with Muscles has the honour of landing in the bottom rated movies over at IMDb and is often found on many a “worst movies” list. That assessment seems a little excessive, especially considering the context of such a […]

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Ghostbusters (2016)

A jumbled but entertaining effort, the 2016 incarnation of Ghostbusters luckily has enough juice in the proton pack to overcome the overblown trappings of Paul Feig’s approach. The director also wrote the screenplay with Katie Dippold, who wrote Feig’s The Heat in 2013.

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Suicide Squad (2016)

A scrambled, desperate film, Suicide Squad is another entry in the DC extended universe and another advertisement for a franchise. Like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this 2016 movie is a link in a longer chain. And like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad is pretty bad.

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The Jungle Book (2016)

Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is a treat. The 2016 movie is another in what is becoming a long line of live-action remakes of Walt Disney classics, with this one based on the 1967 Wolfgang Reitherman animated film of the same name and on the eponymous Rudyard Kipling works.

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The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, The Legend of Tarzan is yet another filmic incarnation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs character. This 2016 picture doesn’t bring much by way of novelty to the tale and seems torn from the superhero movie playbook, complete with copious CGI and gusty […]

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Ender’s Game (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game is a tepid science fiction film from 2013. Director and screenwriter Gavin Hood doesn’t achieve any sense of wonder and the wobbly performances don’t help.

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Central Intelligence (2016)

Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Central Intelligence is an entertaining trifle, a happy-go-lucky spy comedy that generates tremendous chemistry from its actors and doesn’t do too much heavy-lifting. The screenplay by Thurber, Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen isn’t revolutionary in the slightest, but it does contain just enough retro fluff to overcome its over-plotted tendencies.

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