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My hopes couldn’t have been higher. But “Elysium” is the major disappointment of the movie summer.It’s by no means a bad film, mind you, only a movie that doesn’t begin to stack up to what it could have been – and should have been.Anyone who saw Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi horror film “District 9” had every reason to anticipate gleefully a new film by the man…

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“Planes” is a pleasant surprise.Not a huge one, that’s for sure. So no, it isn’t even close to the caliber of film that one might think belongs with those a few years ago that made us wonder if computer animation hadn’t put us into a Golden Age of Animation. And yes, this movie, then, is many miles away from masterpieces like “Wall-E,” “Up” and “How to …

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The trailer for “We’re the Millers,” a late summer comedy offering starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, is misleading. It promises familiar comedy staples in the form of “hapless criminal” capers and “awkward virgin” jokes, as well as, of course, one or two stripteases from Aniston. And the movie delivers all this. But what the trailer doesn’t show…

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“Byzantium” owes more to the both endearing and creepy Swedish vampire art film “Let the Right One In,” and its American remake, than to “Interview with the Vampire,” Irish director Neil Jordan’s 1994 Hollywood adaptation of Anne Rice’s best seller, and his last foray into the popular bloodsucking genre.What “Byzantium,” opening Friday, shares most is a…

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“This Is Martin Bonner” is a film for people who love well-told short stories and poetry that hits its mark. It is a film for people who want to be invested in the characters on the screen, not just blown away by or blown up with them.Writer/director Chad Hartigan has made a non-action movie about two men in their middle years who, for different reasons, are starting a…

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Two guns, my foot.By the time, “Two Guns” is over, you’ve seen and heard a great deal more than just the two guns wielded by our semi-heroes, who are played by the redoubtable Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.But then you knew that. All that anticipated bulletry and boom and bash is why you’re probably tempted to go. We are, after all, not talking about guns and…

“I’m So Excited” is a puzzle. It’s already understandably considered director Pedro Almodovar’s worst film by many European critics, but it’s the way it’s bad that is so confounding.One might have expected after making such films as “Talk to Her,” “All About My Mother” and “Volver,” that Almodovar’s early days as a pure camp jokester with a tast…

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Get yourself into a Smurfy frame of mind, hum a few notes of “The Smurf Song” and try to remember your cartoon-watching primary school years. Cross your fingers that actors Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays and Brendan Gleeson will find something funny to do.Nevermind. Filled with Smurf wholesomeness, Smurf puns and posi-Smurf messages about never giving up …

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Locations around the south end of Pearl Street in downtown Buffalo provided the settings Monday as “The American Side” began filming in Western New York.Eden native Greg Stuhr, co-writer and star of the movie, joined others from the cast and crew at Police Headquarters, the Dun Building and a nearby diner for scenes in the low-budget detective story. Actors whose names…

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“To be, or not” ... let’s make it “To slash, or not to slash.” Because this latest X-Men movie is a lot more existential than recent installments in this comic book series have been.“The Wolverine,” opening Friday, is nothing if not ambitious – a moody, haunted tale of Logan the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) coping with his ghosts and settling old debts – in J…

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You see one of the cellphone recordings of the murder of Oscar Grant III at the very beginning of Ryan Coogler’s raw and exceptional “Fruitvale Station.” The very last second of the footage has been lopped off.The transit cop who killed the New Year’s Eve celebrant claimed that Grant resisted arrest and made a suspicious move. And that, from about 20 yards away, is…

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Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are two of the three cast members conspicuously having actual fun in “Red 2” – so much fun, in fact, that they each get that actor’s favorite, some mad scenes. The other cast member actually enjoying herself is Mary-Louise Parker, but we’ll get to her.Mirren is playing a sharpshooting secret agent ineptly pretending to be crazy so…

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In animation shorthand, “Turbo” is “ ‘Cars’ with snails.” It’s light on the jokes, but cute, with animation so vivid it looks photo-real.It’s another “impossible dream” tale, this time of a motorhead mollusk who has a need for “terrifying, blinding speed.” Theo (Ryan Reynolds) is an auto-racing obsessed garden snail who longs to escape his colony of…

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Thank goodness for the return of Kristen Wiig in a starring role. The former “Saturday Night Live” star has not been the lead in a feature since “Bridesmaids” ruled the box office in 2011, and that’s far too long a wait. The film that brings her back to a starring role is “Girl Most Likely,” opening here Friday, and it is no “Bridesmaids.” Silly and gener…

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True story. I was a fan of the first grimy, ultra-violent “Saw” film, and a few years later made a trek to the multiplex to see one of its sequels. By this point, any real creative juice in the limb-loosening series had leaked out, and things grew increasingly foul.The film’s most memorably icky sequence was a long brain surgery episode, and it was so visually revolt…