Guillermo del Toro triumphs with ‘Pacific Rim’

Terrific special effects and cinematography stun viewers in big-budget sci-fi blockbuster

Somewhere in the world tonight, Michael Bay is crying himself to sleep. “Pacific Rim” is Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-versus-mechas spectacular. It is not a perfect movie, but it is an awe-inducing, jaw-dropping achievement in the visual qualities of the summer blockbuster. The film does not suffer from a slow start.
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‘Despicable Me 2’ fails to live up to its predecessor

Animated sequel proves lovable yet predictable

There are so many characteristics of “Despicable Me 2” that parallel its prequel that one almost expects the movie to be good at least for its familiarity. Once again, Gru must decide between good and evil when new characters arrive on the scene to steal his heart. This time, instead
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‘The Internship’ gets caught up in Googliness

Film interweaves art and corporatism, leaves audiences unimpressed

While many are distrustful of tech giants like Google and Facebook because of their part in the recent NSA surveillance scandal, it would probably pass you by completely were you to shell out cash for “The Internship,” the new buddy comedy reuniting “Wedding Crashers” stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.
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Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Craig Robinson discuss ‘This is the End’

The star-studded apocalyptic comedy marks the directorial debut for creative partners Rogen and Goldberg

In what is sure to be one of the funniest films of the year, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride all play themselves, trapped in Franco’s house and facing what appears to be the apocalypse. In an interview with The Daily Californian, writers
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‘This is the End’ is the best comedy you’ll see all summer

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut feels like a final hurrah for comedy dream team

Following the extensive media hype surrounding “This is the End,” the film was in danger of being revealed as one of the biggest disappointments of the year. Instead, it turns out to be the most hilarious and enjoyable comedies of the summer — if not the whole year. What originally
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‘Man of Steel’ offers a deeper insight into the Superman mythology

Henry Cavill soars in latest Superman reboot, directed by Zach Snyder

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … It’s another film reboot of the classic 1930s comic book “Superman.” While Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” failed to wow audiences back in 2006, director Zach Synder’s highly anticipated “Man of Steel” lays a solid foundation for the future of the franchise. Conceived by
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Big names and bigger thrills in ‘Now You See Me’

Star cast conjures crime in compelling summer caper

Besides clowns, magicians have the misfortune of being everyone’s least favorite entertainers. They are often cheesy, tacky, deceptive and, above all else, sequined. However, with a dynamic plot as his cape and a star-studded cast as his wand, director Louis Leterrier takes this tired image and makes it disappear. “Now
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‘The Hangover III’ makes for a dumb yet satisfying summer movie

Zach Galifianakis steals the show in the predictable yet entertaining conclusion to the "Hangover" trilogy.

In a world of stupid movies, “The Hangover III” does not stand out. The Wolf Pack returns with yet another inane movie that rides on Zach Galifianakis’ strange facial expressions and obtrusive figure. However, that’s exactly what the movie is supposed to be: The audience comes in expecting nothing more
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