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    "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" Movie Review

    3 days ago

    With 29 million subscribers in its first three months, Disney+ has clearly chiseled itself a nice little chunk of the streaming market. While most subscribers, I’ll warrant, are there for the back catalog of Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, and Pixar flicks, the channel’s original content is quickly...

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    "The Coldest Game" Movie Review

    5 days ago

    Set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, Polish writer-director Łukasz Kośmicki’s first feature The Coldest Game has all the trappings of an edge-of-your-seat period thriller. Spies, microfilms, poison, and even an international chess tournament all feature ...

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    "The Photograph" Movie Review

    6 days ago

    It’s a fairly sad commentary on the current state of the world that the Valentine’s Day offerings at the cineplex include a god-awfully stupid pseudo-horror reboot of a cheesy 80s show alongside a hundred-miles-an-hour, kid-tastic video game-inspired romp. What happened to, you know, love and ...

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    "Fantasy Island" Movie Review

    6 days ago

    As a movie critic (admittedly a semi-professional, less-than-part-time one), I feel at least a mild obligation to stick with a movie until the credits roll. Even recent dreck like Cats, Serenity, and Dolittle had a redeeming factor or two (and if not, I harbored a tiny, warped sense of curiosity...

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    "Short Circuit: Experimental Films" Review

    10 days ago

    The origins of the Disney empire can be traced all the way back to Uncle Walt’s very first animated short film, 1921’s “Cleaning Up”. (“Steamboat Willie” wouldn’t arrive for another seven years.) In the century since, full-length feature films have clearly evolved to become the backbone of ...

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    "Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn" Movie Review

    10 days ago

    On the plus side, Birds of Prey only needs to be better than its unmitigated disaster of a prequel, 2016’s Suicide Squad, to be considered a success. Though it’s definitely worse in the title department (with a ridiculous parenthetical like “...And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One ...

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    "The Rhythm Section" Movie Review

    2 weeks ago

    From Tomb Raider to Atomic Blonde and even to last month’s Underwater, those jonesing for a female-driven action movie haven’t had to wait very long at the cineplex in recent years. Reed Morano’s The Rhythm Section, based on Mark Burnell’s bestselling novel, is the latest ...

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    "Miss Americana" Movie Review

    3 weeks ago

    In July 2016, the interwebs were abuzz with the “TaylorSwiftIsOverParty” hashtag, trumpeting what many thought (and, no doubt, hoped) was the end of an era in pop music. As we have learned in the three years since, however, reports of the singer’s demise were greatly exaggerated...

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    "The Gentlemen" Movie Review

    4 weeks ago

    After venturing outside his own box and directing the horribly misguided King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in 2017 and this past May’s oh-so-painful live-action remake of Aladdin for Disney, writer-director Guy Ritchie has decided to get back to his bread and butter with The Gentlemen. But it’s ...

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    "Troop Zero" Movie Review

    4 weeks ago

    With characters named Christmas Flint, Dwayne Champaign, and Hell-No Price, and being set in a town called Wiggly, Georgia, in 1977, it’s clear from the giddy-up that Troop Zero is just about as nutty as a five-pound fruitcake. It’s also as cute as a button and more fun than a clown on fire...

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    "Mystify: Michael Hutchence" Movie Review

    4 weeks ago

    In the mid-1980s there were few men who could claim rock god status quite like Michael Hutchence. The hugely charismatic lead singer of INXS burst on the scene with his band’s first big hit, 1985’s “What You Need” (though true fans remember as far back as 1982’s “The One Thing” and ...

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    "Dolittle" Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    One look at the poster will tell you everything you need to know about the horribly misguided and unwatchable Dolittle (not to mention the title itself, which accurately implies the mantra for everyone involved in this disaster). A thoroughly nonchalant Robert Downey Jr. seems to be shrugging off...

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    "Bad Boys for Life" Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    Way back in 1995, Martin Lawrence was wrapping up season 3 of his successful Fox sitcom, Will Smith hadn’t yet thought about getting jiggy wit xxanything, and the only credits on Michael Bay’s resume were a few music videos and the famous Got Milk commercial about Aaron Burr. (Yup, that was ...

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    "Underwater" Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    There’s not a lick of William Eubank’s Underwater that hasn’t been borrowed or stolen from any number of movies that have come before it. It’s Alien at the bottom of the ocean, DeepStar Six with an evil corporation, and The Abyss as a horror film. It’s Godzilla (any of them) meets Leviathan, and...

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    "Just Mercy" Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    Even if you don’t know the story behind Just Mercy, the real-life legal drama that mirrors everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to A Time To Kill, you won’t have a hard time figuring out exactly what’s gonna happen at every step along the way. When you indeed know the exact destination of a ...

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    "1917" Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    By now, the secret (if it ever qualified as one) is out. Director Sam Mendes’ World War I epic 1917 is made to appear as though it is (for the most part) one, long continuous shot. What could, though, be simply tossed aside as a gimmick included solely to get people talking about the film is ...

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    "Bombshell" Movie Review

    6 weeks ago

    He may have started out as a guy known for the broadest of broad humor—helming the Austin Powers trilogy and the first two Meet the Parents films—but Jay Roach has since evolved into one of the more incisive contemporary directors, particularly when it comes to real-life, politically-tinged....

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    "Little Women" Movie Review

    6 weeks ago

    Before writer-director Greta Gerwig took her shot, Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1868 novel Little Women had been adapted for the screen six times, including a silent film in 1917, the George Cukor-directed, Oscar-winning standard-bearer in 1933, and even a contemporary re-telling in 2018.

  • 10 Worst Films of the '10s
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    "The Two Popes" Movie Review

    8 weeks ago

    A pair of stodgy elderly gents sit around for two hours chatting with each other in a smartly crafted blend of comedy and drama. They tell jokes, discuss life’s great mysteries, and even hurl taunts about each other’s favorite sports teams, sometimes over a meal of pizza and Fanta. It’s a ...

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    "Spies in Disguise" Movie Review

    8 weeks ago

    The last time we saw Will Smith (and Will Smith), he was fighting himself in the decidedly average Gemini Man—a so-so film that squandered its nifty concept and found Smith sleepwalking his way through a rote action flick. In the animated, kid-friendly, James Bond-lite effort Spies in Disguise ...

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    "Jumanji: The Next Level" Movie Review

    8 weeks ago

    Two years after earning a billion dollars (and a couple Kids’ Choice Awards, which is, you know, nothing to sneeze at) the Jumanji saga continues with The Next Level, its entertaining sequel (or three-quel, depending how you count). Blasting into theaters with all the subtlety of a marauding ...

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    "The Report" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    A film about a five-year Senate inquiry that resulted in a 6,700-page report written by a bland man working alone in a concrete basement room may not sound like riveting, must-watch stuff, but The Report (which itself may be the blandest of bland titles) is instantly reminiscent of political ...

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    "Cats" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Way back in January, I confidently declared Steven Knight’s Serenity was the “runaway contender for worst movie of the year.” And then I doubled down, avowing, “Truly, it will take a calamitous motion picture event to knock Serenity from its perch, and that’s not likely since the majority of the ...

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    "The Aeronauts" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    It’s a safe bet that very few people know about the pioneering, ninety-minute hot air balloon flight that took place above England in 1862, but since it paved the way for the entire concept of weather forecasting, its a story that may well be worth a couple hours of your time. And fortunately...

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    "Richard Jewell" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    After the failed experiment that was 2018’s The 15:17 to Paris, Clint Eastwood has bounced back with Richard Jewell, the compelling, based-on-a-true story biopic of the man who went from hero to villain to forgotten footnote in the summer of 1996. Jewell, who is credited with saving countless ...

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    "Parasite" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Parasite may just be the best film of the year.

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    "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    When a long-storied franchise nears the finish line, it’s almost inevitable that the filmmakers will stumble over themselves to cram ten pounds of stuff into a five-pound bag, trying to not only please audiences and complete the tale but to also do justice to the installments that have come before.

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    "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    When one of the more memorable moments of Marielle Heller’s touching A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is an all-out fistfight at a wedding, followed later by a whack-a-doo dream sequence involving a grown man shrunk to puppet size and cavorting with Daniel Striped Tiger and King Friday XIII...

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    "6 Underground" Movie Review

    5 weeks ago

    Michael. Bay. Two words that elicit an almost visceral reaction among moviegoers. Critics, by and large, can’t fathom the fell, but he does fare better, by and large, with average Joes and Janes. (A quick flip through his oeuvre on Rotten Tomatoes reveals a general gulf of around 30 or 40 ...

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    "The Farewell" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    If we’re lucky (and we usually are), any given year will provide two or three truly outstanding films that transcend all others and remind us why we go to the movies—why we pony up ten, fifteen bucks, munch grease-lubed popcorn, and tolerate the tool behind us whanging our seatback all too ...

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    "Marriage Story" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    It would be easily forgivable should you need a reminder that Scarlett Johansson is among the more talented actors working today. She has, after all, spent most of the past decade donning a catsuit and kicking ass as Black Widow in the Marvel Universe. Fun times, to be sure, but not exactly the ...

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    "Where'd You Go Bernadette" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Four times. The release of Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling novel Where’d You Go Bernadette was delayed four times—from its original release date of May 2018 to October 2018 to March 2019 to August 9, 2019, before landing at its final resting place of August 16, 2019...

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    "Love, Antosha" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Of the late Anton Yelchin, co-star Jon Voight (2015's Court of Conscience) says, “You’re always grateful when you see one of these talents. They’re very rare.” It’s one of the more poignant moments in Love, Antosha, the documentary of Yelchin’s all-too-brief life as one of the more gifted and ...

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    "The Irishman" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    In a match made in cinematic mobland heaven, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, and Joe Pesci come together under the guiding light of the great Martin Scorsese for a three-and-a-half-hour sprawling epic about the man who claims to have killed Jimmy Hoffa. It’s exactly what you would ...

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    "Klaus" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    If you haven’t already, you’ll no doubt be bombarded (either willingly or not) over the next month by more holiday movies than may seem possible. Some will disappoint (Last Christmas), and others may only just suffice (Noelle)... and then there’s Klaus, the slightly off-kilter Netflix offering ...

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    "Knives Out" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    In a manner befitting the stick-’em-with-the-pointy-end weapons in its title, Knives Out slices and dices the whodunnit genre, arriving in theaters as one of the more entertaining films of the year. Writer-director Rian Johnson (Looper) has crafted a unique and deliciously clever ensemble film ...

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    "Frozen II" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    It’s been six long years since Elsa belted out (and belted us with) “Let It Go”, the show-stopping power ballad from Disney’s Frozen. At the time, I called the film “an exciting, charming, and downright exceptional movie that may just be Disney Animation’s finest effort since Beauty ...

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    "Earthquake Bird" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Buried somewhere under the foundation of the latest throw-away Netflix thriller is a halfway-decent, moody suspense flick. The problem is, it’s buried so deep that no one can even begin to know it’s there, much less find it. And, after only ten or so minutes of watching Earthquake Bird, it’s ...

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    "Ford v Ferrari" Movie Review

    2 months ago

    Despite what you may think, you don’t need to be a speed freak or even a nominal car aficionado to get your motors revved by James Mangold’s full-throttle Ford v Ferrari. It may, in fact, be better if you’re not—the largely true-to-life film is eminently accessible for even the most novice ...

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    "Last Christmas" Movie Review

    3 months ago

    After eight years of destroying civilizations, executing armies, and scowling down on creation from high atop a fiery dragon, it’s nice to see Emilia Clarke smile. The Game of Thrones star has re-entered the rom-com world—following up 2016’s Me Before You—with Paul Feig’s laughy-weepie Last ...

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    "The Good Liar" Movie Review

    3 months ago

    How Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren have never had the opportunity to share the screen is beyond me and, after seeing their performances in Bill Condon’s The Good Liar, may even be grounds for criminal neglect. The two are, at ages 80 and 74 respectively, at the top of their game and could be ...

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    "Noelle" Movie Review

    3 months ago

    On one level, I suppose we should all just be thankful (especially during this joyous holiday season) that Disney has graced the world with an actual original movie and not a remake, sequel, reboot, or yet another live-action version of one of their animated classics. And though Noelle—the first...

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    "Jojo Rabbit" Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Not that it would be advisable at first glance, but if you could somehow cobble together a mash-up of Wes Anderson, Monthy Python, and The Diary of Anne Frank, you might find yourself in the neighborhood of Taika Waititi’s simultaneously whack-a-doo and gut-wrenching Jojo Rabbit. It may indeed ...

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    "Dolemite Is My Name" Movie Review

    3 months ago

    With a career that includes seven Golden Raspberry nominations for Worst Actor (and a “win” for 2007’s god-awful Norbit), Eddie Murphy is one of Hollywood’s great conundrums. The man who ruled on the stand-up stage and at the box office in the 80s, brilliantly voiced Shrek’s wise-cracking ...

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    "Terminator: Dark Fate" Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Three years after director Tim Miller blasted into our consciousness with his record-breaking, super-fun Deadpool, he’s breathing new life into the long-dead (well…felt-like-dead) Terminator franchise, and he’s bringing James Cameron and Linda Hamilton along with him. Yes, there have been ...

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    "Countdown" Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Playing like a harmless mash-up of Drag Me To Hell and Happy Death Day (with a little Scream thrown in for fun), writer-director Justin Dec’s feature debut Countdown is a fun, horror-lite movie that succeeds despite relying too much on tired genre tropes and jump scares. And though it takes its...

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    "Abominable" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Following in the footsteps of E.T., Big Hero 6, and any number of other movies where kids discover an otherworldly creature/thing and then try to protect it from the pesky adults (who are usually wearing lab coats), Abominable certainly doesn’t break any new ground, but that’s not to say it’s not...

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    "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Sad to say, but it’s not often these days that Disney has an original idea. So, after years (and years and years… and *sigh for many more years to come) of the Mouse House recycling their old animated movies into live-action flicks, it’s almost shocking to see something fresh arrive at the ...

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    "Zombieland: Double Tap" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Ten years ago, as I was just starting out on my journey (notice I didn’t say “career”) as a movie critic, one of the first movies I reviewed was Ruben Fleischer’s genre mash-up Zombieland. At the time I gave it four and a half stars, praised it as “one of the year’s most truly entertaining ...

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    "Gemini Man" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    In 2013, Ang Lee was at the top his game—a two-time Oscar winner (2005’s Brokeback Mountain and 2012’s Life of Pi) with a slew of additional top-notch films to his credit, including Eat Drink Man Woman, Sense and Sensibility, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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    "The Addams Family" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    At the beginning of The Addams Family (buh-duh-duh-duh… snap snap), we watch as the creepy and kooky Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (Charlize Theron) get run out of town mid-nuptials by a pitchfork-wielding crowd. Frustrated, they exclaim that they wish there was somewhere they could just be ...

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    "Fractured" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Following up his taut 2018 political thriller Beirut, director Brad Anderson has decided to join the growing throngs in offering up his latest feature on Netflix. Good thing, since it saves you from plunking down a ten-spot (or more) on Fractured in the theater and then grappling with the lousy ...

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    "In the Tall Grass" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Stephen King is often asked where he gets the inspiration for his novels, and though the end results are (more often than not) admirably complex and inventive, I’m convinced they usually start with the simplest of notions: Take anything (literally anything) and insert the word “scary” or ...

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    "Joker" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Calling Joker a comic book movie is akin to calling The Great Gatsby an interesting little book or Mirazur a nice place to grab a bite. Sure, technically you’d be correct, but some things in life transcend the basic description. As disturbing and terrifying as any movie you will see this year...

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    "Light of My Life" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    After the first ten minutes of Casey Affleck’s astounding Light of My Life (which he directed, wrote, produced, and stars in), you may find yourself cocking your head to the side or raise an eyebrow in quizzical wonder. Affleck begins the film with a lengthy storytelling moment between an unnamed...

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    "Hustlers" Movie Review

    4 months ago

    There’s no doubt the buzz will fade over the next few months, but who knew Jennifer Lopez had an Oscar-caliber performance tucked away in there somewhere? Sure, she made her stamp in Hollywood with some above-average early work (1997’s Selena and 1998’s Out of Sight, in particular), but the vast...

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    "Between Two Ferns: The Movie" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Like a heaping bowl of black jelly beans, Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns web series is the definition of acquired taste. No doubt many folks find the humor (they’ll probably use air-quotes there) so cringe-inducing that they’d rather pluck their nose hairs with a pair of rusty tweezers, but...

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    "Ad Astra" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Feeling like an exquisitely blended concoction of Apocalypse Now and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (with, perhaps, a dash of 2001), writer-director James Gray’s spooky and stunning Ad Astra is a heady, mind-trip of a film—a slow-burn anchored by what may be Brad Pitt’s most compelling work to ...

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    "Downton Abbey" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    As sweet as the most frothy of Mrs. Patmore’s souffles and as welcoming as a nuzzle from Lord Grantham’s retriever Teo, the Downton Abbey movie is a more-than-satisfying return to the life and times of the posh British domicile’s inhabitants, which held fans rapt for six seasons until its 2016 ...

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    "Falling Inn Love" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Look no further than the title of Netlifx’s most recent throw-away, night-with-the-girls rom-com to get a clear sense of what this thing is all about and where we’re headed. Falling Inn Love makes no effort at all to hide what it is—a paint-by-numbers bit of cheesiness that takes an age-old ...

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    "The Goldfinch" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    After thirteen nominations for the Best Cinematography, the legendary Roger Deakins finally won his first Oscar for 2017’s Blade Runner 2049. His first film since that win is Brooklyn-helmer John Crowley’s adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch. And for those ...

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    "Angel Has Fallen" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    In what is presumably the last of the Fallen movie series, invincible Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is up to his old tricks—doing his best John McClane impression as bullets and bombs and fists fly all around him. Like the first two films in the series, Angel Has Fallen is a...

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    "It: Chapter Two" Movie Review

    5 months ago

    At 1,138 pages (with an audiobook that requires a 45-hour listen), Stephen King’s It is a monster of a novel, so it’s no surprise director Andy Muschietti split the book into two movies at its natural breaking point—2017’s Chapter One follows the Losers Club, a group of seven kids who join forces...

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    "Driven (2019)" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Few people, outside of auto industry insiders, probably know much at all about John DeLorean, other than perhaps his cocaine charges and the fact that his namesake car was immortalized (along with a custom flux capacitor) in the Back to the Future series.

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    "Ready or Not" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Rare is the movie that’ll make you laugh with glee when a character takes a crossbow bolt right through their gullet, but Ready or Not—directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett—isn’t your average “horror” movie. A delightful hybrid of, say, The Purge and 1985’s Clue, it’ll leave you ...

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    "Good Boys" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Despite what comes out of their mouth—and, occasionally, what goes in it—the trio of sixth-graders in director and co-writer Gene Stupnitsky’s Good Boys (produced under Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures banner) actually are...

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    "Blinded by the Light" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    From Swifties to Deadheads to the BeyHive, thriving fan bases have always powered popular musicians, and Bruce Springsteen’s loyal, fervid army is no exception. I doubt there are too many people who have only been to only one of The Boss’s concerts. You’ve either never seen him, or you’ve been a...

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    "The Kitchen" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Even in a world where last November’s outstanding (and identically-plotted) Widows didn’t exist, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to justify the existence of a mess like writer-director Andrea Berloff’s lame, blood-soaked The Kitchen. Based on the 2014 DC comic series (though played as a ...

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    "Hobbs & Shaw" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    During the past few years there’s been no shortage of drama between cast members of the Fast and Furious franchise, but the latest flick—the laboriously-titled spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw—leaves all the drama behind to focus on the action (with a dollop of comedy thrown in for ...

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    "The Red Sea Diving Resort" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    For his first foray into his brave new post-Avengers world, Chris Evans goes on a based-on-a-true-story mission to rescue Ethiopian Jews in the early 1980s in Gideon Raff’s The Red Sea Diving Resort. The mostly shrug-worthy, paint-by-numbers Netflix film certainly gives a powerful (and largely...

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    "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Quentin Tarantino has always worn his love for vintage Hollywood on his sleeve, and his penultimate film is his ultimate postcard. From the opening shots of a PanAm 747 landing at LAX in 1969 to the individual authentic props that dot the film from start to finish, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ...

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    "The Lion King (2019)" Movie Review

    7 months ago

    There was once a time that Disney was widely regarded as a paragon of ingenuity and creativity. Chief among the surest things in Hollywood were the latest Disney film’s fantastic animation, super-memorable characters, and brilliant story. And starting with 1989’s The Little Mermaid, the ...

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    "Crawl" Movie Review

    7 months ago

    Ah, the good ol’-fashioned “man vs. creature” flick—it sometimes feels like more of a summer rite than barbeques and pool parties. Occasionally it’s done with its tongue firmly planted in its cheek, like last summer’s The Meg. Other times it takes itself (mostly) seriously, like 2017’s 47 Meters ...

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    "Spider-Man: Far From Home" Movie Review

    7 months ago

    If you’re still digesting that superbly filling five-star Avengers: Endgame entrée from April, loosen one more notch on your belt—Spider-Man: Far From Home is the frothy rainbow sherbet palate cleanser you may need. An overall pleasing and fun (though not without its faults) chapter in the now ...

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    "Stuber" Movie Review

    7 months ago

    There have obviously been plenty of oil-and-water pairings on the big screen over the years, but few can match this one in terms of sheer lunacy.

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    "Point Blank" Movie Review

    7 months ago

    Leaving his Falcon wings behind (at least for the time being), Avengers co-star Anthony Mackie keeps expanding the Netflix corner of his resume with Point Blank, a so-so remake of the 2010 French thriller (À Bout Portant) of the same name. Directed by Joe Lynch (Mayhem), Point Blank actually ...

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    "Toy Story 4" Movie Review

    7 months ago

    Who else but Pixar could extend a trilogy many agreed had concluded with its best installment nine years ago? And not only extend it but improve on what is already among the highest-rated franchises of all time? And center it on a literal piece of trash—a super-endearing, crudely cobbled-together...

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    "Yesterday" Movie Review

    7 months ago

    If you woke up one day and discovered you were the only person in the world who knew the song “She Loves You”, was familiar with the name John Lennon, and had ever used the “the long and winding road” in conversation, what would you do? Now, imagine (pun intended), you are Jack Malik ...

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    "Men in Black: International" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Without scientific data or reliable polling, it’s hard to make the point that Men in Black I-III’s primary appeal was Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones (more specifically, their obvious chemistry)—though I’d be willing to bet that was the case. So what exactly is the point of making a fourth movie ...

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    "Murder Mystery" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    It’s more than likely the names Adam Sandler and Agatha Christie haven’t shown up in a sentence together too often. And though Sandler’s latest Netflix venture Murder Mystery won’t draw any direct comparisons to The Mysterious Affair at Styles anytime soon, you can squint and cock your head ...

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    "Late Night" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    When Mindy Kaling joined the writing staff of The Office in 2004, she was the first woman and the only minority. What would have been a rewarding but intimidating situation for anyone has clearly stuck with Kaling, as it serves as the inspiration for her first feature film script. Late Night...

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    "Hotel Mumbai" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    The latest in the long line of dramatic recountings of horrific real-life tragedies (22 July, The 15:17 to Paris) Hotel Mumbai takes us smack into the middle of the bloody attacks in India in November 2008. More than 150 people were killed, and 300 were injured in the four-day siege, which was ...

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    "On the Basis of Sex" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Some movies have that “Oscar bait” air about them—triumphant, uplifting, and powerful biopics of groundbreaking people who fought for human rights and made the world a better place through an unending struggle. And after viewing the trailer, it was very easy to imagine putting the Ruth Bader ...

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    "The Secret Life of Pets 2" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    After the mile-a-minute whirlwind of slobber and pet hair that was the first Secret Life of Pets movie in 2016, it’s nice to see that apparently you can teach an old dog new tricks. The gang at Illumination has wisely taken a breath and dispatched with most of the hyperkinetic nuttiness that ...

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    "Destroyer" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus is credited with telling us that the only constant is change, and though many in Hollywood pride themselves on always keeping audiences guessing (the Coen Brothers have never made the same movie twice, Gary Oldman and Meryl Streep are veritable chameleons)...

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    "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    If it’s been too long since you’ve had an uncontrollable urge to chuck Raisinettes at a movie screen while your ears bleed and your eyes bug out, congratulations—Godzilla: King of the Monsters is here for your cinematic enjoyment. Solidly in the camp of bigger-is-better and more-is-never-less...

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    "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    There was once a time that We Have Always Lived in the Castle would have been considered a horror film, a gothic tale of suspense and darkness that fueled nightmares in the mind of many a youngster during the wee hours. Nowadays, though, in a time when “horror” means constant, hollow jump scares ...

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    "Rocketman" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Seven months after Bohemian Rhapsody gave us a heavily sanitized, watered-down history of Freddie Mercury and Queen, we finally get a no holds barred, fantastical, Behind the Music-esque film about one of music’s most colorful and prolific icons. Rocketman is every bit the movie Rhapsody could ...

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    "Aladdin (2019)" Movie Review

    8 months ago

    In the current climate of living green and sustainability, it’s at least somewhat comforting that Disney has taken the concept of recycling and run with it. And though I’m not sure this is the kind of recycling environmentalists have in mind, the Mouse House can at least earn partial credit, right?

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    "Booksmart" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Easy A. The DUFF. The Edge of Seventeen. The list of criminally underrated, largely ignored, flat-out excellent teen coming-of-age movies grows longer every year. And now we can add the fantastic Bookmart. (Yes, it’s somehow possible that Booksmart gets the box office attention it deserves, but ...

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    "The Sun Is Also a Star" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    The latest in the long, long line of beautiful-looking movies about beautiful-looking star-crossed teeangers, The Sun is Also a Star has all the elements of a halfway-decent young adult drama, but it simply can’t help itself—the overpowering urge to be a cheeseball tween weepie is just too strong...

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    "The Hustle" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Watching 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a deliciously wicked tale of grifters (Michael Caine and Steve Martin) trying to one-up each other in the beautiful South of France, you’ll oddly find yourself rooting for the “bad guys” throughout, grateful to be in on the con. Twenty-one years later, as ...

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    "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Five years ago Keanu Reeves was at the end of a decade-long post-Matrix hangover—a ten-year run that included a string of clunkers and crap, topped off by 2013’s dismal 47 Ronin. Then in the summer of 2014, we began hearing rumblings about a new Reeves starrer called John Wick, written by ...

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    "Wine Country" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Just a week after Netflix dropped the haunting and ghastly Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile on us—chronicling the life and times of serial killer Ted Bundy—they grace us with the utterly mindless and frothy Wine Country, an estrogen-loaded, SNL-alum-heavy vino-fest. I’m not sure the ...

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    "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Back in my 2011 review of Garry Marshall’s slog-fest New Year's Eve, I bemoaned how little of the film made any sense, including the fact that Zac Efron turned in one of the better performances among a cast including Oscar winners/nominees Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Lithgow, and ...

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    "Long Shot" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron first started talking about what would eventually become Long Shot five years ago, hoping to make a contemporary and relevant rom-com with its toes dipped in the political pool. But the more bonkers the real-world political landscape became, the harder it was for the..

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    "Avengers: Endgame" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    In my recent review of DC superhero flick Shazam!, I labeled it “the cocktail weenies appetizer” before Avengers: Endgame’s “super-loaded, mile-high platter of nachos.” Little did I know Endgame would actually arrive at my table more closely resembling a sterling cut of prime rib with a side of...

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    "Missing Link" Movie Review

    10 months ago

    At the risk of sounding like the cantankerous old geezer lounging on his porch with a shotgun and a tall glass of lemonade, there’s something to be said for animation that’s still done the ol’-fashioned way—frame-by-frame and all by hand. Whether it’s physically-painted cels (as with Disney ...

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    "The Silence" Movie Review

    10 months ago

    Who would have ever thought that a pseudo-dystopian suspense/drama about a herd of other-worldly creatures who hunt and destroy humanity based on a keen ability to exploit one of the five senses would be seen as derivative? Yet here we are with The Silence, based on Tim Lebbon’s 2015 novel.

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    "Shazam!" Movie Review

    10 months ago

    If Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame is the super-loaded, mile-high platter of nachos on the cineplex menu this year, then Shazam! (exclamation point included) is the cocktail weenies appetizer—it tastes good, is fun to eat, and is just filling enough to get you ready for the main course without ...

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    "Dumbo (2019)" Movie Review

    10 months ago

    At one point in Dumbo—Disney’s ill-advised live-action remake of its own 1941 classic—a potential circus investor turns to a colleague and exclaims, “Wow, what a disaster!” As tempting as it is to end this review right there, I’ll soldier on. Going into Dumbo, as you see Tim Burton’s name on the ...

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    "Cold War" Movie Review

    3 months ago

    Those of us who lived through the Cold War remember it as a time dominated by the ever-present fear of mutually assured destruction between two superpowers. In Pawel Pawlikowski’s brilliant, engrossing film, it’s two people whose assured mutual destruction drives the narrative, and their story ...

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    "The Highwaymen" Movie Review

    10 months ago

    Despite Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker’s standing as one of the most notorious duos of the twentieth century, Hollywood certainly hasn’t brought their story to the big screen very often—Arthur Penn’s 1967 masterpiece Bonnie and Clyde is the only major production so far, in fact. And Texas Ranger ...

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    "Wonder Park" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Reminiscent of Pixar’s 2015 hit Inside Out, Wonder Park is set almost entirely in the mind of a young girl coping with drama. Inside Out gave us young Riley and her traumatic cross-country move (and XX-ick- broccoli pizza), while Wonderpark focuses on young June (voiced by Brianna Denski), who’s ...

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    "The Dirt" Movie Review

    10 months ago

    All manner of bodily fluids, narcotics, alcohol, and carnal knowledge of the female body are presented in just the first ten minutes of the new Netflix film The Dirt, a biopic of L.A. rockers Motley Crue. Truly, everything even remotely hedonistic is spotlighted early and often ...

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    "Triple Frontier" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    In the opening moments of Triple Frontier, the latest Netflix film, it’s not the action on screen that might catch your attention—it’s the appearance of two names in the opening credits: Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. The pair are credited as executive producers, and Boal also co-wrote the script...

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    "Captive State" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Either Rupert Wyatt has zero faith in humanity, or he’s a prisoner of his own imagination. Or both. Eight years after his Rise of the Planet of the Apes rebooted the decades-old simian overlord franchise, he’s once again depicting the demise of the rule of humans, only this time it’s courtesy of ...

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    "Five Feet Apart" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Back in 2013, actor Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin) created a documentary web series called My Last Days, a real-life look at people coping with terminal illness. “I wanted to create something that could really make a difference and impact people in a real way,” Baldoni told Variety in 2016 ...

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    "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    It’s not often that a trilogy, particularly in the world of kids’ animation, holds up from movie to movie (to movie). With the exception of the Toy Story franchise, there hasn’t been much. Cars faltered on its second outing (though bounced back), Despicable Me should have stopped after two...

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    "Captain Marvel" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    There’s a pretty slickly-produced, retro-90s Captain Marvel trailer from Nerdist making its way across the interwebs (just Google “Captain Marvel 1995”, and you’ll find it), which will instantly get you in the perfect mindset for the latest superhero epic from Marvel Studios...

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    "Fighting with My Family" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    What were you doing at age 13? Chances are you weren’t sporting a leotard alongside your mom in a tag-team professional wrestling match organized by your dad. But that’s the life that Saraya Bevis knew, growing up in mid-2000s Norwich, England. Those, um, humble beginnings are the starting-off ...

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    "Happy Death Day 2U" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    A year ago, in my review of Christopher Landon’s horror-comedy mash-up Happy Death Day, I wrote, “It’s doubtful [it] will have even a bit of the staying power that the all-time meta-horror champ Scream enjoys, but it’s still a rock-solid, laugh-out-loud pseudo-horror flick that hits all the right...

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    "Isn't It Romantic" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    In a 1982 Frank and Ernest cartoon by Bob Thaves we first heard the idea that, sure, Fred Astaire was great, but Ginger Rogers did everything he did… backwards and in high heels. The same can be said about comedy and satire. Comedy is tough, yes, but creating really good satire is much, much ...

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    "Alita: Battle Angel" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Barely 15 minutes into Robert Rodriguez’ new manga-inspired sci-fi romp you may find yourself wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. With a script stuffed to the gills with middle-school-level dialogue and performances that make even the most ham-fisted actor look refined, Alita: Battle ...

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    "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Back in February 2014, The Lego Movie arrived and gave the world of animated movies a big ol’ kick in the pants. Cram-packed with meta-humor and delightful animation, and oozing creativity from every pore, it was one of the more flat-out enjoyable flicks of the year. Three years later Warner ...

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    "Cold Pursuit" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    At 66 years old, Liam Neeson has taken (pun intended) an unconventional career path, hitching his star to the idea that old-timers still have plenty of spit and vinegar. After three Taken films, plus a seemingly non-stop (again, pun intended) barrage of Taken derivatives (Unknown, The Commuter, ...

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    "Free Solo" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    It’s extremely rare for a rock climber to make international headlines, but 31-year-old Alex Honnold did just that when, on June 3, 2017, he scaled the 3,300-foot-tall vertical granite wall of El Capitan in California’s Yosemite National Park. It’s an impressive enough feat with ropes and pitons...

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    "Stan and Ollie" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    It’s been almost 75 years since Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy released their final US movie (1945’s The Bullfighters), but their constant fans—along with new ones they’ll surely earn as a result of Jon S. Baird’s rollicking, heartfelt biopic—still regard them as one of the hands-down, funniest ...

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    "Serenity" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    We’re not even a full month into 2019 yet, and already we have the runaway contender for worst movie of the year. Truly, it will take a calamitous motion picture event to knock Serenity from its perch, and that’s not likely since the majority of the movie’s failure lies with the obscenely...

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    "Glass" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    The problem with being the guy behind The Sixth Sense is… well— being the guy behind The Sixth Sense. Audiences have spent the last 20 years hoping writer-director M. Night Shyamalan could offer something as good as his 1999 juggernaut, but it hasn’t happened yet. His immediate follow-up, 2000’s...

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    "If Beale Street Could Talk" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    If Beale Street Could Talk is many things—a legal drama, an essay on race, a damning look at the criminal justice system in the early ’70s, but at its core, it’s as true and honest a love story as we’ve seen in the past year. And when 19-year-old Tish (Kiki Layne) opens the film with the line...

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    "The Upside" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    A little over a month ago, Kevin Hart was best known for being in way too many movies (five in 2014, two in 2015, four in 2016, three in 2017…), but then the flap about him hosting the Oscars (and subsequently stepping down) took over the news cycle, and the concern now is whether his latest...

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    "Escape Room" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Being one of the more hip and trendy activities these days, it was clearly only a matter of time until ye olde escape room became the setting for a teen-targeted horror flick. It is, after all, a premise that writes itself—lock a gaggle of people in a room full of puzzles, kill them off ...

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    2018 in Movies: The Last Six Months

    13 months ago

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    "Welcome to Marwen" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    There was a time that seeing Robert Zemeckis’ name on a film guaranteed at least a certain level of quality. From the Back to the Future flicks to Forrest Gump to Contact, he tackled a bunch of different genres and rarely (if ever) misfired. Right around the turn of the century, though, things ...

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    "Mary Poppins Returns" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    It’s been a long 54 years since Julie Andrews floated down from the clouds as Mary Poppins (LBJ was president, The Beatles were singing “A Hard Day’s Night”, milk was under a buck, etc.), which begs the question, “Do we really need to return to Cherry Tree Lane?” Unsurprisingly, Disney thinks...

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    "Aquaman" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Aquaman may be one of the lamest superheroes ever—there’s a page on Ranker titled, “52 Aquaman Jokes, Because He Sucks”—but don’t tell that to the folks over at the DC Films. They’ve gone ahead and given the guy his own movie (following appearances in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ...

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    "Vice" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Director Adam McKay’s most recent film, 2015’s The Big Short, took a ridiculously complex (and, let’s admit it, not terribly photogenic) topic and turned it into one of the best, most entertaining films that year. No, the 2009 housing bubble certainly wasn’t anything Joe Moviegoer would rush to ...

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    "Roma" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Barely five minutes into Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, you get the palpable sense that you’re watching something truly special. Few (if any) films in a given year transcend cinema and become a masterpiece that not only demands to be seen but also earns instant status as a shining example of how powerful...

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    "Smallfoot" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Somewhere in the shadows of Smallfoot is a good movie that just needed a little more time to break out and find itself. What made it to the big screen, though, is not that movie. The oddly uninspired, often rambling (and broken up with forgettable musical numbers) film from writer and director ...

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    "Bird Box" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Though written well before this year’s A Quiet Place, 2016’s Hush, and also Tim Lebbon’s 2015 book The Silence, the new Netflix feature Bird Box will undoubtedly find itself labeled as a rip-off of a rip-off. The film, however, is a generally solid thriller that works well on its own, despite a ...

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    "The Favourite" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    To call Yorgos Lanthimos an acquired taste would be an insult to understatements; his movies run the gamut from squirm-inducing to downright impossible to watch. In 2015, his English-language debut The Lobster won critics’ raves and more than a handful of awards, but there were plenty of people ...

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    "Green Book" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Twenty-five years ago, we first heard of the Farrelly Brothers when they gifted us with Dumb and Dumber, which, in turn, launched a string of raunchy, juvenile comedies from the siblings, including Kingpin, There’s Something About Mary, and Me, Myself & Irene. While their movies generally involve...

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    "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Midway through Can You Ever Forgive Me? Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) shows us how dedicated she is to her flourishing criminal enterprise. The has-been author has been raking in beaucoup bucks forging and then selling personal letters from the literary elite—including Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward...

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    "Boy Erased" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    To date, 14 states and the District of Columbia have banned conversion therapy for minors—the practice of using all manner of psychological methods to convert homosexual young adults and children to heterosexuality—which means there are still 36 states that still accept it as a viable practice...

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    "Bumblebee" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    In the past, I’ve praised Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise for adeptly accomplishing its (admittedly low-bar) mission of providing mindless, stylistic, summer popcorn movie fun. The five films, dating back to 2007, may not have been great when compared to anything of substance, but ...

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    "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Oh, for want of a magic spell that could somehow fast-forward us to the end of J.K. Rowling’s planned five-movie (yes, five) Fantastic Beasts saga. Watching the second episode, The Crimes of Grindelwald, with the knowledge that we’re not even half-way through and that there are no companion tomes...

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    "Ralph Breaks the Internet" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Back in 2012, we jumped into the hyper-kinetic color-blast world of Sugar Rush, the video game within the movie Wreck-It Ralph—a setting so over-the-top that it made a Japanese game show seem like a staid PBS documentary. I suspect that’s part of what kept the film from being an unqualified ...

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    "The Grinch" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Almost seven years after adeptly bringing The Lorax to animated life, Illumination is sipping from the Dr. Seuss well once again, giving the nasty-wasty green one an update in The Grinch. Heading in, you may find yourself wondering if we really need another take on How the Grinch Stole Christmas!...

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    "Instant Family" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Writer/director Sean Anders has made a nice little living for himself spotlighting dysfunctional families in his films, including 2013’s above-average We’re the Millers to the recent Daddy’s Home films (the first was decent, the second—awful). Anders continues that theme in the surprisingly...

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    "Creed II" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Who would’ve thunk it? A franchise that started out winning the 1976 Oscar for Best Picture before gradually sliding into varying levels of obscurity and/or derision, has mounted a massive comeback to the point where the most recent films arguably outshine all the ...

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    "BlacKkKlansman" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Once upon a time, Spike Lee was a relevant filmmaker—a front-line, cinematic voice on race relations in the country. But it’s been almost thirty years since his best film, Do the Right Thing, and a solid decade or so since he’s made any movie that resonated in US theaters. All of that changes ...

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    "Outlaw King" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    A few minutes into Outlaw King, as you’re attempting to navigate your way through the history of the 14th-century Scottish-English relations and sort out who’s who, it might hit you. 'I don’t think the camera has cut at any point here.' Sure enough, director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) ...

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    "Widows" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    It would be easy to label Widows a heist movie. Or a fierce revenge movie. Then again, maybe it’s a racially-charged flick about political corruption. Or one heck of a feminist, band-of-sisters film. Or maybe a violent movie about the haves and have-nots...

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    "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    If there ever was a no-brainer in the history of cinema, it would be a Disney-fied version of The Nutcracker at the outset of the holiday season, with ballet goddess Misty Copeland appearing alongside Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Morgan Freeman. There’s no way the folks at Disney could mess...

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    "Bohemian Rhapsody" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” The opening lines of Queen’s iconic song cut to the heart of what is right and what is wrong with the band’s new namesake biopic, directed most of the way by Bryan Singer and finished by the uncredited Dexter Fletcher (who came on after Singer’s ...

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    "The Sisters Brothers" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Jacques Audiard has been directing French films for almost 25 years (Rust and Bone, A Prophet), so how fitting is it that his first English-language film is a good ol’-fashioned Americana-laced Western? And sure, The Sisters Brothers may have been filmed entirely in Spain and Romania, but it ...

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    "Halloween (2018)" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Perhaps the freakiest thing about the Halloween saga is that somehow, over the course of forty years, it has survived nine (now ten) sequels/reboots/remakes and remained relevant. Whenever the topic of scary movies comes up (legit scary movies, that is—not what “horror” films have evolved into...

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    "22 July" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    I’m not sure anyone could consider themselves a “fan” of Paul Greengrass films. The man behind such gut-punching real-life dramas as 2002’s Bloody Sunday, 2006’s United 93, and 2013’s Captain Phillips, Greengrass specializes in recreating atrocious events in world history, giving them the ...

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    "First Man" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Even casual students of space exploration know Neil Armstrong was not a terribly outgoing person. Famously reserved and private, the first man to walk on the moon never seemed to buy into the historical significance of his achievement. He was, to be frank, incredibly bland, and you only need to ...

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    "Bad Times at the El Royale" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    In 2012, writer-director Drew Goddard turned the horror genre on its head (and then kicked it squarely in the butt) with his brilliant directorial debut The Cabin in the Woods. Then in 2015 Goddard re-invented sci-fi with his ...

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    "A Star Is Born" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Going by the calendar, we were actually twenty years overdue for a remake of A Star is Born before Bradley Cooper decided to take a crack at it. After the 1937 original with Janet Gaynor (which, itself, ripped off 1932’s What Price Hollywood), the 1954 version starring Judy Garland, and the 1976...

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    "Venom" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Back in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, we got our first on-screen glimpse of Venom, the over-the-top comic book villain who battles the web-slinger before meeting his untimely demise. More than a decade later, Venom is back, and any resemblance to Spider-Man 3 villains, living or dead, is purely coincidental…

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    "Bad Reputation" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Unless you’re a child of the 80s, it’s quite conceivable that you’ve never even heard the name Joan Jett. Out of the mainstream for thirty years, Jett’s name has only come up in the past decade in punk rock circles (she’s a well-known producer) and because of her 2015 induction into the Rock and...

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    "Night School" Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Believe it or not, it’s been more than eight months since we’ve seen the ubiquitous Kevin Hart up on the big screen. And those hoping he would build on the success of last December’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (and put dreck like The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard, and Ride Along 2 behind him) will...

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    "Fahrenheit 11/9" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    It’s no secret that Michael Moore wears his politics on his sleeve. And his pant legs. And around his waist, on his head, and in his shoes. Fourteen years ago he famously skewered the George W. Bush administration in the Palme d'Or-winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, followed by 2007’s Sicko...

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    "A Simple Favor" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    From the Saul Bass-inspired opening credits straight through to the equally fun closing scroll (set to the tune of No Small Children’s remake of “Laisse Tomber Les Filles”), A Simple Favor is the ultimate in retro-chic and is as clean and slick as a shiny new penny. The film may be billed as a ...

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    "Searching" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    It would be easy to go into Searching with expectations of a gimmicky version of a fairly standard whodunnit, but it quickly becomes clear that newbie director Aneesh Chaganty knows what he’s doing. Presented solely via tech screens (à la 2014’s horror flick Unfriended), Searching gives the ...

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    "Crazy Rich Asians" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    There are so many ways Crazy Rich Asians could have gone so, so wrong. Had it relied more on schlock, silliness, or stereotypes, it might well have been one of summer’s more disappointing offerings. It could easily have turned into a trite mess or been little more than a two-hour ad for the ...

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    "The Happytime Murders" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    In a world where humans and puppets live side by side, where humans are derided as “fleshies”, and puppets are pariahs, and where puppets are buried by a priest who says, “Ashes to ashes, fluff to fluff”—that’s the world of The Happytime Murders, the first-ever production from ...

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    "Alpha" Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Director Albert Hughes’ Alpha has bounced around more times than a Superball in a dryer—never a good sign. Initially set for release last fall, the film was postponed six months to this past March, then to September, and now here we are in August. Since it’s normally a sure sign that something is...

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    "Christopher Robin" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    As Disney has proven time and again, if you run out of ideas for movies, all you need to do is dust off an old animated classic and re-do it as a live-action film, and—presto!—you’re off and running. Fortunately this not-so-startling lack of originality has paid off for the most part, giving us ...

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    "Mile 22" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    After three successful outings, Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have proven they know how to do smart, gripping action, and perhaps it’s just a coincidence their previous efforts were all based on extraordinary real-life events. 2013’s Lone Survivor and 2016’s Deepwater Horizon and Patriots...

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    "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    It’s been more than two years since we in America watched as Lady Edith married Bertie, and Anna and Bates celebrated the birth of their first child. Downton Abbey fans, however, need not pine away, as last month it was revealed that plans are underway for a full-length feature movie. And if ...

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    "The Meg" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Would it really be summer if you weren’t munching on a bucket of popcorn while a shark movie plays on the big screen? Back in 1975 it all got going with the granddaddy of them all, 1975’s Jaws, and in recent years the shark flick has been enjoying a bit of a resurgence. 2016’s The Shallows with ...

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    "Like Father" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    If you’ve never all-you-can-eaten your way through a vacation cruise, you may well be enticed after watching Netflix’s new original dramedy Like Father, with Kelsey Grammer and Kristen Bell. The movie plays first and foremost like a two-hour Royal Caribbean ad, and it never shies in the least ...

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    "The Spy Who Dumped Me" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    I’m not sure whether we should be pitying Kate McKinnon or berating her for what has turned out to be a fairly disastrous string of movies, including the ill-advised Ghostbusters reboot, Masterminds, Office Christmas Party, and Rough Night. Not a single one of them is worth recommending, and ...

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    "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    Much has been made across the interwebs that Tom Cruise, at age 56, is older in Mission: Impossible - Fallout than Wilford Brimley was in 1986’s Cocoon. While we’re at it, Cruise was also older than Cocoon Brimley when he made 2014’s Edge of Tomorrow… not to mention 2015’s Mission: Impossible ...

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    "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    To be honest, I’d all but forgotten 2008’s Mamma Mia! by the time I heard the sequel was fizz-popping its way into theaters. The original saccharin-laced, musical bit of giddiness was pleasant enough. Plus, given that it’s been a decade since we heard Pierce Brosnan...

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    "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" Movie Review

    7 weeks ago

    If we weren’t entirely sure we needed Hotel Transylvania 2, that goes triple for Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, the over-busy, hyper-kinetic brain scramble from Genndy Tartakovsky. But since this summer has been largely vacant as far as kids movies go (Incredibles 2 is the only...

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    "The Equalizer 2" Movie Review

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