'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Makes the Most of Its Special Effects</p>

'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Makes the Most of Its Special Effects

How do you impress an audience that's almost entirely desensitized to special effects? Flawless computer-generated effects are no longer a novelty; they're expected.

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'Maudie' is an Uneven Portrait of a Canadian Folk Artist's Life

To get a sense of the folk art movement's lasting legacy, you don't need to go to a proper gallery. Walk into any House of...

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'Wish Upon' Will Satisfy Your Craving for a Campy Summer Horror Flick

Family experiences tragic event. Surviving, adolescent member of the family finds a possessed object he's not supposed to. The friends, family and/or the kids...

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'War for the Planet of the Apes' Rocks and Should be Finale to Splendid Trilogy

One of the many joys of the new Planet of the Apes films — Rise, in 2011; Dawn, in 2014; and now, the breathtaking War...

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' is Nothing We Haven't Seen Before

Marvel cranking out new Spider-Man franchises is, at this point, the equivalent of sitting down with a fresh notebook, resolving to start journaling, but continuously...

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'The Big Sick' Comes Off as a Heartwarming Love Story

While talking about his role in the movie The Big Sick on a recent TV talk show, actor Kumail Nanjiani joked that he didn't have...

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Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled' is a Muddled Mess of Meaning

For action star Clint Eastwood, the opportunity to play Cpl. John "McBee" McBurney in the 1971 film The Beguiled, a period piece based on the...

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Edgar Wright Adds a Twist to the Heist Film With His Latest Effort, 'Baby Driver'

Some 22 years ago, British writer-director Edgar Wright was putting the finishing touches on his film A Fistful of Fingers. While editing the movie, he...

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Cleveland Author to Lead Discussion of ‘Twilight Zone — The Movie’ at the Cinematheque

Plain Dealer TV critic Mark Dawidziak became infatuated with the sci-fi TV show The Twilight Zone when he was a kid. “I discovered Rod Serling’s The...

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The Dark Comedy 'Beatriz at Dinner' Offers a Critique of Social Inequality

Social inequality exists everywhere. But southern California offers its own set of problems. The top 1 percent lives in giant homes that often feature ocean...

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'Transformers: The Last Knight' Buckles Under the Weight of a Clunky Plot and Excessive Special Effects

Predictably enough, Transformers: The Last Knight, perhaps the most bloated film to hit screens this summer, commences with an action sequence. The mind numbingly long...

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'Rough Night' Pushes Chick Flick Boundaries

Female-dominated films can’t seem to get enough of bridal parties and all the comedic fodder they hypothetically provide. 2011’s Bridesmaids established the highest of...

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'Cars 3' is an Average Addition to Already Tired Franchise

The first teaser for Cars 3, released back in November, was so bleak and foreboding that it sparked a worldwide debate over whether kids...

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Trevorrow's 'The Book of Henry' Re-Aligns His 'Crazy' Hollywood Trajectory

The Book of Henry, the third film from director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World), opens Friday in wide release. It's a $10-million drama...

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Spotlight: 'Cars 3'

Michael Comet, character supervisor for the Pixar film Cars 3, says he always had an interest in computers, drawing and art.  "I loved the traditional...

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Feel-Good Flick 'Megan Leavey' Presents an Unconventional Love Story

Based on the true events concerning Marine Megan Leavey and the combat dog that accompanied her to Fallujah in 2005 and then to Ramadi in...

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New Helen Hunt Horror Flick Set to Film in Cleveland This Summer

Helen Hunt is soon coming to Cleveland, Variety reports. Not for a getaway vacation, but to begin work on her new horror movie, I See...

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'I, Daniel Blake' Pits Little Guy Against Bureaucracy

You've probably already seen Wonder Woman. And if you haven't, you ought to. Gal Gadot kicks ass. The film is a transformative and long overdue...

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Spotlight: 'It Comes at Night'

It Comes at Night, the taut new thriller from writer-director Trey Edward Shults (Krisha), commences with a particularly intense scene in which Paul (Joel Edgerton),...

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Director Jonathan Teplitzky Talks About His New Winston Churchill Biopic

Having lived through and fought in one World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) grew weary of fighting as World War II escalated. Prior to...

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Cedar Lee Theatre to Screen Old School 3-D Films

Way back in the 1950s, Hollywood studios started showing movies in widescreen formats and in 3D to combat the growing popularity of television. Between 1952...

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Pride Month Film Series Hits Capitol Theatre Next Week

If you're in desperate need of a break from glitzy summer blockbusters, superheroes and Smurfs, Capitol Theatre has you covered. Next month, they'll be...

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