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    Monsters University (2013)

    "MONSTERS UNIVERSITY" GRADUATES WITH HONORS...MAGNA CUM LAUDE ANYWAY.  Pixar has undoubtedly done it again… only this time the studio doesn’t accrue so much praise for its ability to conjure up something supremely original, but for its capacity to grab hold of a clichéd subject matter and infuse it with some pretty impressive realism. You heard me corre...

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    This Is the End (2013)

    AN OBNOXIOULSY OFFENSIVE ROMP! I LOVED IT! It does for the end-of-the-world film what Don Quijote of the Mancha did for the chivalrous knight’s tale… only the former thrives with a little more booze, an excess of cussin’, and a lot more dry-humping. This Is the End should literally mark the end of this over-played “apocalypse” genre (although 2009’s Zom...

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    Man of Steel (2013)

    "MAN OF STEEL" DOESN'T SOAR AS HIGH AS IT SHOULD, BUT IT DEFINITELY AIMS THERE! Despite a very disjointed script, a romance that is completely nonexistent, and a few suggestive space-ship designs, this Superman revamp is not half bad… but it is never quite up to par with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, even though it does aim to soar as high. Perhaps I&...

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    After Earth (2013)

    AFTER "THE LAST AIRBENDER," YOU COULD DO A LOT WORSE! Themes of the apocalypse have been slightly overplayed in the last couple of years, and it makes me wish the end of the world would actually dawn on our small planet; that way filmmakers can finally get a clear idea as to what it’d look like. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, After Earth, does not really center on t...

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    Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

    A VERY GROUNDED AND PRAGMATIC SCI-FI FLICK! It’s extremely reassuring to discover that J.J. Abrams, the contemporary filmmaker at the helm of this science fiction spectacle, is the same guy signed on to tread in the footsteps of the legendary George Lucas, revitalizing the realm inhabited by Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Yoda, (and the not-so-amiably received Jar-Jar-Binks) with a f...

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    Great Gatsby, The (2013)

    "THE GREAT GATSBY" FALLS SHORT OF ITS TITULAR "GREATNESS!" The Great Gatsby is a complete defecation of glamor and glitz, much unlike its literary source material; although, with a story so restrained, the flamboyance of the production could be seen by some as a hindrance. This is not a movie for everyone; and I’ll even venture to say that its most avid loathe...

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    Iron Man 3 (2013)

    LIKE TONY STARK'S SUIT, THE SERIES IS GETTING RUSTY, BUT STILL KICKS HARDCORE BUTT! Tony Stark is back, re-clad in his iron suit… and we can revel in the knowledge that the series, like the entrepreneur’s armor, although slightly corroded, is still in full functioning order. The directorial reins have been handed down from the more-than-capable Jon Favreau to the equally skill...

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    Spring Breakers (2013)

    TOTO, I DON'T THINK WE'RE IN WAVERLY PLACE ANYMORE!   Is “Spring Breakers” a coked-out modern allegory or a veneration of extreme party cultures? That is for the viewer to decide. I can only speak on my behalf and recognize that this is a cinematically provocative film with visual eye-candy galore that goes above and beyond the four attractive female leads. Selena Gomez an...