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'The Fighter' Movie Review: Marketable Real-Life Inspired Drama

'The Fighter' movie stars Mark Wahlberg as boxer Micky Ward: Only key cast member not shortlisted for the Academy Awards. 'The Fighter' movie review: 'Smart' – i.e., 'marketable' – filmmaking David O. Russell's The Fighter is a smart film; smart in the way it's constructed and executed as a means to appeal to a wide audience. People tend to like sports movies. They also tend to like movies where the good guys win and where the hardships the characters go through can all get tidily worked out by the time the credits start rolling. The Fighter is smart from a business standpoint. That also means Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson's screenplay is predictable and much too “safe” as […]


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'The Fighter' Movie Review: Marketable Real-Life Inspired Drama



'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review: Michael Bay Least Aggravating 'Transformers' Movie

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' review: Michael Bay's latest 'Transformer's movie is 'the least aggravating of a very aggravating lot' (image: Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor in 'Transformers: Age of Extinction') Suffice it to say, there are many special effects in the Transformers movies of which Transformers: Age of Extinction is the latest and, get ready for some high praise, the least aggravating of a very aggravating lot. In fact, its greatest special effect, much like the previous three films, is its ability to deflect all criticism; these movies are not just critic proof, they're quality proof. As long as the Autobots or Decepticons or emoticons or Comic-Cons or whatever they're called keep laying waste to cities and brain cells, its […]


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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review: Michael Bay Least Aggravating 'Transformers' Movie



'2 Guns': Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg Flop?

'2 Guns' weekend box office: Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington pairing disappointing? A limp “low $20 million” range, is what 2 Guns U.S. distributor Universal claims it's expecting at the North American box office from the first-ever pairing of Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg – as momentous a cinematic occasion, if the American media is to believed, as the first pairing of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? back in 1962. Of course, Universal's lowball figure is an excuse for the studio to claim, “Omigod! 2 Guns has performed way beyond what any and all of us were expecting!” – as long as the Washington / Wahlberg combo brings in $25 million or more. (Image: […]


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'2 Guns': Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg Flop?