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Movie review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ a fitting conclusion to Batman saga?

By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz To say that fan expectations were high for “The Dark Knight Rises” is a little bit of an understatement. We’ve waited about four years to see the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, a series that has been well-received by audiences and critics alike,

Movie review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ turns out to be pretty amazing

By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz I’ll admit it — when I first heard Marvel was rebooting the Spider-Man film franchise, I wasn’t overly excited. It’s only been about five years since Sam Raimi finished up his trilogy of Spider-Man movies, and overall, those films were well received by critics

Movie review: Pixar’s ‘Brave’ a break with tradition?

By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz Merida, the star of Pixar’s new animated movie “Brave,” isn’t exactly your typical Disney princess. Instead of spending her days in a castle pining for “prince charming,” the Scottish princess (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) loves to be outdoors, riding her horse through open fields,

Movie review: ‘Prometheus’

By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz The beginning of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller “Prometheus” is deceptively calm. Scott takes time to set up the premise, carefully building the level of suspense as we watch a crew of scientists and their corporate sponsors set off for a faraway planet on board

Movie review: ‘Men in Black 3’

By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz Part of the fun of the first “Men in Black” film was simply watching the interaction between Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones’ alien investigators, Agent J and Agent K. The two actors had a great “odd couple” chemistry, Will Smith’s high-energy, charismatic Agent

Review: ‘Battleship’ a ‘hit’ or a ‘miss’?

By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz The movie “Battleship” has taken quite a bit of flak in the months leading up to its release based on the fact it’s a film inspired by a board game. There’s been jokes about what phrases from the game might end up as dialogue

Review: Second season of BBC ‘Sherlock’ a suspenseful, smartly-written masterpiece

By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz The greatest actors don’t just pretend to be a character — they actually become that character, so perfectly embodying a fictional persona that their performance transcends mere acting. And that’s exactly the kind of performance given by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC’s

Movie review: ‘Dark Shadows’

By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz When I walked into the theater to see “Dark Shadows,” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The film, which is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp, is a remake of a 1960s gothic soap opera featuring vampires, werewolves, zombies and ghosts.

Review: ‘The Avengers’ is one epic ride

By Ashley Bergner, Box Office Buzz After months of hype and media coverage, and years of build-up in previous Marvel superhero films, “The Avengers” is finally here. And it’s one heck of an epic ride. The film was absolutely worth the wait, and director Joss Whedon’s combination of non-stop action,

Movie review: ‘The Hunger Games’

By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz I’m pretty sure by now, I’m one of the last people on the planet to read “The Hunger Games” novel. 😉 However, I finally picked up a copy last week, and since then, I haven’t been able to stop reading it. It’s a smartly-written,

Movie review: ‘John Carter’

By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz There’s no doubt “John Carter” was a major gamble for Disney. The film had a massive budget (reportedly $250 million) it will have to make back through ticket sales, and the project has been mired in “production hell” since 1931 (yes, you read that

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