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"The Loft" is a clever whodunit with a strong cast

Things were going great for the five married men in “The Loft.” Each of them—Vincent Stevens (Karl Urban), Chris Vanowen (James Marsden), Luke Seacord (Wentworth Miller), Marty Landry (Eric Stonestreet) and Philip Trauner (Matthias Schoenaert)—have a key, and they are the only ones with keys. The purpose of this loft that they share is to have affairs. If any of them meets another woman they want to have sex with, he texts the other four and calls dibs on the loft. Naturally, the loft is a secret from all of their wives. Things are going well and the men are enjoying their playpen. That is, until the body of Sarah Deakins (Isabel Lucas) is found mutilated and hand cuffed to the bed.

This of course brings up the larger question of whodunit? Only the five men have keys. The alarm was off. Through conversations and flashbacks, certain facts are revealed. We see how each of them could be the killer—and how they could not. Each one of them has something that is a bit strange and suspicious, but that doesn’t mean that he is the killer. Chris can’t present his key when asked to do so. Philip has a violent history. To say what Luke is hiding would be to reveal too much.

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I hated this movie. HATED it!

Is it worth $10? No

Sometimes you go to a movie with high but reasonable expectations and are positively shocked by how much you hate it.

“Tomorrowland” is one of those times. It starts with blatant Disney promotions, gets lost in a convoluted story, forgets to include its star (George Clooney) for a good hour, guilts us with a lecture on how people don’t appreciate Earth, and ends with a bunch of faux science that makes no sense. It’s so head-scratchingly bad it’s unbelievable.

Similar to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the story is loosely inspired by the “Tomorrowland” sections at Disney theme parks. This explains why Space Mountain is in the film’s poster, the song “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” is heard in the beginning, and the “It’s A Small World” ride is how young Frank (Thomas Robinson) first gets to the alternate dimension known as “Tomorrowland.”

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It’s crazy to think video games have turned into real war

Is it worth $10? Yes

Is it okay to be cowardly if you're saving lives?

The premise of "Good Kill" focuses on aerial drone attacks in the Middle East that are remotely flown from an air-conditioned trailer in Las Vegas. The benefits to U.S. military personnel are obvious: Pilots aren’t in danger, multiple points of view are provided, and the enemy never knows when a strike is imminent.

“Drones aren’t going anywhere,” Lt. Col. Jack Johns (Bruce Greenwood) says, adding, “in fact, they’re going everywhere.” It is not a mistake that as he speaks behind Johns is an oversized American flag, and in front of him is a room of eager soldiers. Writer/director Andrew Niccol is clearly channeling the similar “call to arms” speech in “Patton” (1970), and that evocation alone is enough to remind us how much the art of war has changed since World War II.

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A simple but highly effective plea for serenity

Is it worth $10? Yes

Placid desert vistas are interrupted by the unmistakable sound of automatic gunfire in the opening scene of Abderrahmane Sissako's Oscar-nominated drama "Timbuktu." Tellingly, an ISIS-type gang in a pickup truck tracks a sprinting gazelle. "Don't kill it, tire it," shouts one of the malefactors.

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If you fake being handicapped, shame on you

Like a pack of motorized cotton-topped buzzards, I watch as you gather at the front of the long movie screening line. Usually the same ten to fifteen, 65 years and older group of retired freeloading movie leeches are at every damn screening. I get it you are on a fixed income and this is a way for you to get out and socialize. I just have a hard time believing your movie tastes encompass everything from "Paranormal Activity" to "The SpongeBob Movie." Plus if you really need those motorized scooters to get around, which conveniently give you front of the line access, maybe you should keep the charade up and not park them, then climb seven levels of stairs for a better seat. If you’re going to fake being handicapped, at least play it out by sitting in the handicapped seats.

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"American Sniper" brings the story of the deadliest marksman in American history to life

When the word “hero” is used in pop culture, it tends to have the word “super” in front of it. The word conjures up images of the likes of Batman, Iron Man, and Wolverine et al. Only in extraordinary circumstances do we look to heroes in real life. One thing is for sure: To the countless lives that Navy SEAL Chris Kyle saved during his four tours of duty in Iraq—and their families—the man who they refer to as the “Legend” is a hero. Director Clint Eastwood’s soulfully rendered and Oscar nominated movie “American Sniper” is a hero’s story.

After briefly flashing back to show a young Chris Kyle (Cole Konis) developing his shooting skills and his steadfast, noble trait of protecting others—two elements that form the basis of his success as a SEAL—we see an older Kyle (Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper) riding in rodeos and drinking beers in Texas. He knows that he has a greater purpose in life, and feels that the way to actualize that purpose is to join the Navy. In the recruitment office, he chooses to become a SEAL.

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I can't think of another comedian who could've gotten away with this monologue

Racism is supposed to be a taboo topic for a white comedian, largely because as a society we idiotically believe that you need to be of a race in order to make fun of that race, even though that discrimination in itself is a form of racism. No matter: Louis C.K. tip-toed through the sketchy boundaries of racial humor in his opening monologue on last week's "Saturday Night Live," then went on to humorously point out what we can’t help to think must be true: That child molesters must really enjoy what they do, otherwise they wouldn’t do it.

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Blu-Ray Pick of the Week: The Loft
"The Loft" is a clever whodunit with a ...
Tomorrowland *1/2
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Good Kill **1/2
It’s crazy to think video games have turned ...
Timbuktu ****
A simple but highly effective plea for ...
Asshole of the Week: Fake Handicapped People At Free Promotional Screenings
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Summer Movie Preview!

Not intended to be an all-inclusive list — just a look ahead to the ten movies I’m most looking forward to this summer, divided into originals and sequels. Release dates in parenthesis. Enjoy!

Originals:

Tomorrowland (May 22)
With “The Incredibles” and “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” director Brad Bird has earned our trust. At first glance the trailer looks like another glossy sci-fi futuristic action adventure, but in Bird’s capable hands and with George Clooney leading the way this could be something truly special. And who knows? Something (or someone) from the movie could end up inside the Tomorrowland at Disney!

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