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Movie CliffsNotes: Olympus Has Fallen

Nothing like a little Die Hard in the White House courtesy of Gerard Butler , eh? As we prepare for the sequel, LONDON HAS FALLEN, Movie CliffsNotes takes you back to where it all started with OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, focusing on the generic and convenient plotting of this little crowd-pleaser. There's some really convenient plot devices, oversights, and general hackneyed story going on...
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02.29.2016
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Movie CliffsNotes: Green Lantern

Star Ryan Reynolds is making his move into the more fitting role of DEADPOOL this week, but in case you want to revisit the better-off-forgotten first attempt at a major superhero role, we take a pass at 2011's GREEN LANTERN in this month's Movie CliffsNotes. Director Martin Campbell took a swing with this superhero adaptation that failed to connect with audiences, due largely to some...
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02.08.2016
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Movie CliffsNotes: Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor

Director Michael Bay is set to debut his latest film, the fact-based military thriller 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI this Friday, but back in 2001 he put out another military thriller that mixed a little more fiction with a fact-based event. Yes, PEARL HARBOR aka WWII TITANIC, created a goofy love triangle with Ben Affleck , Kate Beckinsale , and Josh Hartnet t amidst...
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01.12.2016
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Movie CliffsNotes: Point Break (1991)

The POINT BREAK remake is heading our way later this month, for better or for worse, and what better time to revisit Kathryn Bigelow 's 1991 original starring Keanu Reeves , Patrick Swayze , Lori Petty , and Gary Busey ? Join host Matt Kerkhoff as he takes you deep into the crazier aspects of the now classic action film, from staring at butts, guns and surfing, and even a few...
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12.08.2015
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Exclusive: Movie CliffsNotes - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The final chapter in the game-changing THE HUNGER GAMES franchise drops this week and it's sure to draw in a massive audience in completing the YA adaptation. For those looking to do a little homework or catch-up prior to heading out (or being dragged to) the final chapter, we've got just what you need with another Movie CliffsNotes. By now you should know what to expect from...
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11.17.2015
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Exclusive: Movie CliffsNotes - Paranormal Activity

While as a whole, the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise has received mixed reviews from critics, the films have been incredibly profitable, earning more than $800 million worldwide with a combined budget of just $18 million. The sixth and final (sure it is) installment will be in theaters soon, which makes this the perfect time to revisit the original 2009 movie that launched the horror...
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10.20.2015
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Exclusive: Movie CliffsNotes - Prometheus

One of the most hot-and-cold sci-fi films in recent memory, Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS has been a source of debate, ridicule, adoration, and everything in between since it first hit theaters in 2012. Now, Scott is returning to the sci-fi genre this week with THE MARTIAN, which has so far fared much better in its reception (see our review here ). So, take a few minutes to revisit...
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09.27.2015
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Exclusive: Movie CliffsNotes - The Transporter

Before you plan on refueling for THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED this weekend (see our review here ) you can get caught up on the one that started it all with this month's Movie CliffsNotes, featuring the o.g. THE TRANSPORTER starring none other than Jason Statham. Revel in the absurdity and WTF dialogue from the fast-driving franchise that helped propel The Stath to stardom and defined...
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09.04.2015
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Exclusive: Movie CliffsNotes - Mission: Impossible

Truth be told, the first MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE confused the hell out of a lot of people when it first came out, but that didn't stop them from loving the shit out of it anyway. The plot goes from some crazy twists and turns, but eventually gets down to what we really want to see, which is Tom Cruise flying through the air with an exploding helicopter behind him. Really, that's...
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07.30.2015
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Exclusive: Movie CliffsNotes - Rocky IV

This week see's the release of the boxing drama SOUTHPAW, so in the spirit of stepping into the ring again, we jump into the CliffsNotes version of Rocky IV. The Sylvester Stallone classic is both an exercise in excess and stupidity every bit as much as it is absolutely entertaining and rousing. It's a far cry from the original, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing....
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07.20.2015
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Exclusive: Movie CliffsNotes - Insidious

This week see's the release of the third installment of the INSIDIOUS films, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, so naturally we felt it would be a good time to revisit the first one with this month's Movie CliffsNotes. Host Matt Kerkhoff takes you on a comedic journey through the film with his usual blend of snark and insight, taking a look at some of the film's silly, scary, and...
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05.31.2015
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Movie CliffsNotes: The Marvel movie that started it all - Iron Man!

While we all gear up to see the next chapter in Marvel's Phase 2, now seemed like a good time to look back on the film that kicked it all off: 2008's IRON MAN. Starring a then not-so-bankable Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, the Jon Favreau directed flick took the world by storm and helped to usher in the modern-day superhero storm that continues to roll on in full...
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04.30.2015
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