Fury: A Valiant Ride That's Short of Greatness

After Gone Girl, here is another hard-hitting flavor for audiences’ palate, in particular a combo of mud, smoke, blood and bullets of all sizes. By being visceral, Fury sates the need for a quality big-screen war film, but that alone can’t stop the tank from barreling into a few bumps.
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Addicted: Fun Thriller Undermined by Identity Crisis

Since the late 90's and early 2000s, Zane has been the reigning queen of urban fiction’s popular black erotica sub-genre. Pre-50 Shades of Grey, dozens of her novels were crude exercises in camp that comically took themselves too seriously. That’s alright. However, black women bought them in droves. For once,
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Dracula Untold: A Film that Need-not Exist

Only the first 10-15 minutes of Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 Dracula are concerned with explaining how the anecdotal Dracula (Gary Oldman) of history transformed into the mythological Dracula of legend. A warrior fighting for the Hungarian Order of the Dragon against the Turks, Dracula's long absence away from his wife, Elisabeta (Winona...
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Gone Girl: An Exercise in Darkness and Cynicism

  "All we ever did was resent each other and argue."  "That's marriage."  In a film filled with subjective flashbacks and half-truths focusing on an alleged murder cloaked in mystery involving characters embodying cynicism, it's difficult to pinpoint one specific moment that so completely captures the voice of the filmmakers. Yet that...
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