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Beloved Cartoon ‘Samurai Jack’ Comes and Goes

The show made its long-awaited return in March. But the show’s return is also indicative of a current trend in the television landscape: the appeal to nostalgia.
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The Ghost in the Hollow Shell of a Movie

“Ghost in the Shell” also tries to distract you from the shortcomings of its plot by shoving enough holograms in your face to make you see binary code.
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Five Directors Honored at SBIFF

The Outstanding Directors Award ceremony was held on Feb. 7, with the Arlington Theatre playing host to such acclaimed filmmakers as Damien Chazelle, Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and ...
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A Moonlit Evening with the Stars of ‘La La Land’

The two stars of “La La Land” had come to receive their Outstanding Performers of the Year Awards alongside their director, Damien Chazelle.
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A Rogue New Step into a Larger World

The timing of Carrie Fisher's death has caused Leia's appearance at the film's end to transform from something that, upon first viewing, just served as a nostalgia-tickling moment but turned into some...
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Doctor Strange: A Fun, Magical Ride

“Doctor Strange,” despite some pretty noticeable flaws, is still a bunch of fun to watch, with the quips we’ve come to expect from Marvel.
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Director of Sundance Fave Chats with Magic Lantern

During a Q&A session, he mentioned that the film contained many musical inside jokes much like that one, including a ballad rendition of “Cotton Eye Joe” performed by the directors’ friends, Man...
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Suicide Squad: A Small Dose of Fun To Relieve the Blah

"Suicide Squad" is the third film of the thoroughly meh (at best) DC Extended Universe, focusing on the titular misfit anti-heroes, but at least the soundtrack's pretty sweet.
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Not Beyond Expectations, but Still a Good ol’ Trek

A better title would have been "Star Trek: Evolution." That said, perhaps it is warranted since the film seems to really be all about going beyond one's nature.
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Bustin’ Doesn’t Feel as Good as it Used To

The original movie realized the goofiness of its premise and ran with it, but the reboot tied its shoelaces together, leaving it to fall face-first to the pavement.
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Artsweek Summer Movie Preview

Resident snarky/sassy/savvy film critic Alex Wehrung offers up his summer recommendations to moviegoers.
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Civil War Brings Wehrung Peace

There are more heroes, more motivations and more stories to tell than ever before, yet the movie never feels overstuffed or forced.
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Conan Cracks Up Arlington

"Thank you for being here, and chill out," acclaimed talk-show host Conan O'Brien assured the audience after he emerged onto the stage of the packed Arlington Theater to much applause. "It's all going...
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The Bare Necessities are All Here

If anything can be said about this film (the latest in Disney's pantheon of live-action remakes of their own animated classics), it's that it's probably the first live-action animated film. Besides M...
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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Blah

Alex Wehrung answers whether or not this polarizing flicks bleeds. It will.
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