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‘White House Down’ just another ‘Die Hard’ rip off

I’m all for mindless action movies. I’m not going to sit here and say just because I review movies for a living that I know what makes a good movie more than anyone else. Hey, I’m just here to offer my opinion. In this case, I would say, it is my opinion that “White House Down” is not a very good movie.

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Another movie in a long, long line of movies aiming to rip off the “Die Hard” formula. Actually “Olympus Has Fallen” was more of a “Die Hard” rip off, “WHD” borrows a little more from the formula Bay used for “The Rock” — you know, a¬†delusional¬†government Patriot does something crazy to get attention — or in this case revenge. Except this time we get James Woods leading a takeover of the White House instead of Ed Harris. Not as interesting.

Then there are the heroes. Channing Tatum plays a wanna be Secret Service agent and Jamie Foxx plays — wait for it — the President of the United States. From “Independence Day” and “2012” director Roland Emmerich never lets the the movie pretend it’s anything but what it is but if we are going to settle for mindless, can’t the movie at least feel original?

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The Rock can’t over compensate for stupid ‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ script

GiJoe2pic“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” should have been released last July but apparently some early test audiences weren’t too thrilled with the lack of screen time for the hero of the first film, Channing Tatum. So Paramount delayed the release, deciding to give the film a 3D conversion and flesh out some more scenes between Tatum and the film’s new star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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Steven Soderbergh bounces back with smart and suspenseful, ‘Side Effects’

sideeffectsPICOne thing is for sure, Steven Soderbergh loves Channing Tatum. The dude has appeared in the director’s last three films. Last year they teamed up for the ploddingly slow “Haywire” and the goofy, male stripper, after school special “Magic Mike”. This time around, Tatum gets to keep his clothes on and the result is a smart and suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the film’s final moments. That is, of course, assuming you can keep up with the convoluted and diabolically twisted plot.

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