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The zombies are coming..

Horror films evoke supernatural excursions where ghosts, demons, vampires and zombies call forth terrors from legendary other world inhabitants.AMC's "The Walking Dead" has personified these beings caught between life and death, but they have origins in Haitian folklore where the resurrected ...

Millennials reverse business roles in ‘The Intern’

Has the spread of technology rewritten business and personal communication for the betterment of society? Writer/producer/director Nancy Meyers ("It's Complicated," "The Holiday," "Something's Gotta Give," "What Women Want") casts Anne Hathaway as Jules the creator and go-to decision maker of a ...

Fall movies promise to be a real fright fest

When serial killers - whether Jason, Freddy or a generic Boogeyman - haunted silver screens, viewers knew which of the teens in jeopardy would be the next up for slaughter. Often, a couple would cozy up and snuggle. This led to greater intimacy and a loss of innocence. Slicing and dicing ...

Reviews: ‘Pixels’ and ‘Paper Town’

PixelsAre you afraid of ghosts? How about a crunching, blocky, unstoppable Pac-Man? Yellow up!Describing "Pixels" feels weird. It's like falling into a netherworld where a bunch of assaulting video game predators step off the screen in an ultra aspect of interactivity. Let's suspend disbelief ...

Top box office hits are on the mark

Inside OutExceeding the animation edge, Pixar's "Inside Out" goes for a twist on the inside-her-head conconcept by probing the brain of happy Midwesterner, 11-year-old Riley Anderson (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), who endures and crosses both physical and emotional lines when her mom and dad move to ...

The Bellas return in ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

Wardrobe "malfunctions" have become notorious at some blockbuster live events and are often couched in suspicion that the exposure may have been intentional. Nothing could be further from the truth when a capella champion "Fat Amy" (Rebel Wilson) has her tights shred while being lowered during ...

‘Tomorrowland’ succeeds as futuristic cautionary tale

By Tony RutherfordScience fiction envisions past, present, and future. More often than not, sci-fi futures influenced strongly from 1950s beginnings of the Cold War have apocalyptic and/or dystopian coming attractions. The popular young adult-inspired books turned to film franchises ...

‘Ex Machina’ a cerebral piece of sci-fi art

Think super computer evolution in a more portable and prettier version than Hal 9000.The aforementioned defective starship computer debuted in Stanley Kubrick's Cinerama classic, "200l: A Space Odyssey" (1968). Androids, robots (the adaptation of 'I Robot' on 'Outer Limits') and artificial ...

‘Adaline’ lacks emotion from leading lady

Experiences, celebrations and successes yield memories - some remain vivid, others fade. They accumulate, jumble, repeat and new ones take their place as life goes forward. For Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively), she's permanently affixed genetically to a 30- and 40-something woman's standard white ...

‘Insurgent’ more realistic, less empathetic

Peak and reek form the foundation of the successor dynotopian society from which heroic young adults rise to overcome. Whether a "Hunger Games," "Maze" or "Divergent" universe, the aftermath of apocalyptic events have led to a ruling tyrannical class and segregating those of difference into ...