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Review: Red Dawn

High-school football players trade Friday-night lights for AK-47s when North Korea invades Spokane in this remake of John Milius's 1984 hit, whose rallying cry is no longer "freedom" but "family."

By ANN LEWINSON  |  November 23, 2012
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Review: Frankenweenie

Death becomes Tim Burton, whose best films feature corpses or the undead.
Shaggy dog story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 05, 2012
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Review: Total Recall

For a writer who has defined contemporary paranoia, Philip K. Dick hasn't had luck with the adaptations of his work.
Loud, humorless, and devoid of irony
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Takashi Miike seems to be single-handedly bringing the samurai movie back to its former glory; first with 13 Assassins , and now this gripping remake of Kobayashi’s classic attack on the honor code within the samurai class.
Takashi Miike brings back samurai movies
By MILES BOWE  |  July 27, 2012
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Review: The Wrath of the Titans

The folks who gave us the bombastic 3D remake of Clash of the Titans unleash Jonathan Liebesman's Wrath , and it's sensational — if you like being stuffed into a trash can and rolled down a hill.
Sword & sandal frenzy
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 06, 2012
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Review: 21 Jump Street

Everyone bemoans the endless sequels and remakes, but occasionally a treasure like Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 Jump Street comes along that redeems the rehashing.
More than just a rehash
By MONICA CASTILLO  |  March 16, 2012


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Review: The Three Musketeers

Despite an inspired climax, it's all for fun, but not fun for all.
Paul W.S. Anderson's gimcracky adaptation
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011
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Review: Footloose

The original Footloose (1984) came at the dawn of the MTV era; its remake is driven by today's dance competitions.
Footloose gets a facelift
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  October 14, 2011
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Review: Straw Dogs

Remaking, polishing, and in effect housebreaking what should've remained untamed and feral, Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic follows the original's story beats closely, and so the devil is in the details.
Rod Lurie's new version of the Peckinpah classic
By MICHAEL ATKINSON  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Don't be Afraid of the Dark

Katie Holmes plays Kim, a wannabe stepmom, in this lame remake of the 1973 Don't Be Afraid of the Dark .
Don't call it a comeback
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 26, 2011
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Review: Fright Night

Set in the sun-bleached city of sin, Las Vegas — where many of the strip's denizens are already dead inside — Fright Night plays upon elements of darkness and indulgence.
Friendly neighborhood vampire
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  August 19, 2011


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Review: Just Go With It

Has Jennifer Aniston's career gone so far off track that she needs to slum in this year's Dennis Dugan–directed Adam Sandler vehicle?
Alert social services: this movie is an exercise in abuse
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 18, 2011
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Review: True Grit (2010)

Those who saw John Wayne's Oscar-winning, scenery-chewing turn as "Rooster" Cogburn in Henry Hathaway's 1969 adaptation of True Grit might have a hard time shaking that off when it comes to appreciating Jeff Bridges in the same part.
The Coen brothers are True to Grit
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2010
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Review: A Boy and His Blob

A Boy and his Blob got its start as a 1989 Nintendo game designed by David Crane, who also designed Pitfall! . This 2009 remake features Miyazaki-inspired art and cel-shaded animation, giving the maps a storybook quality. Unfortunately, the story its
Childhood memories, improved
By MADDY MYERS  |  October 30, 2009
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Review: Friday the 13th (2009)

Jason Voorhees's bloody hands have developed green thumbs.
A suspense-less rampage
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 11, 2009