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  • 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' Movie Review
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    'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms' Movie Review

    6 days 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...

  • 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Movie Review
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    'Bohemian Rhapsody' Movie Review

    7 days 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...

  • 'The Sisters Brothers' Movie Review
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    'The Sisters Brothers' Movie Review

    11 days 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 ...

  • 'Halloween (2018)' Movie Review
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    'Halloween (2018)' Movie Review

    11 days 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...

  • '22 July' Movie Review
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    '22 July' Movie Review

    3 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...

  • 'First Man' Movie Review
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    'First Man' Movie Review

    3 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 ...

  • 'Bad Times at the El Royale' Movie Review
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    'Bad Times at the El Royale' Movie Review

    3 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 ...

  • 'A Star Is Born' Movie Review
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    'A Star Is Born' Movie Review

    4 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...

  • 'Venom' Movie Review
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    'Venom' Movie Review

    4 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...

  • 'Bad Reputation' Movie Review
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    'Bad Reputation' Movie Review

    5 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...

  • 'Night School' Movie Review
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    'Night School' Movie Review

    5 weeks 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)...

  • 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Movie Review
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    'Fahrenheit 11/9' Movie Review

    6 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...

  • 'A Simple Favor' Movie Review
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    'A Simple Favor' Movie Review

    8 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...

  • 'Searching' Movie Review
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    'Searching' Movie Review

    2 months 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 ...

  • 'Crazy Rich Asians' Movie Review
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    'Crazy Rich Asians' Movie Review

    2 months 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 ...

  • 'The Happytime Murders' Movie Review
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    'The Happytime Murders' Movie Review

    2 months 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 ...

  • 'Alpha' Movie Review
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    'Alpha' Movie Review

    2 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...

  • 'Christopher Robin' Movie Review
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    'Christopher Robin' Movie Review

    2 months 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...

  • 'Mile 22' Movie Review
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    'Mile 22' Movie Review

    2 months 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...

  • 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' Movie Review
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    'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' Movie Review

    2 months 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 ...

  • 'The Meg' Movie Review
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    'The Meg' Movie Review

    3 months 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...

  • 'Like Father' Movie Review
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    'Like Father' Movie Review

    3 months 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...

  • 'The Spy Who Dumped Me' Movie Review
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    'The Spy Who Dumped Me' Movie Review

    3 months 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 ...

  • 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Movie Review
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    'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' Movie Review

    3 months 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:...

  • 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Movie Review
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    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' Movie Review

    3 months 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...

  • 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Movie Review
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    'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Movie Review

    3 months 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...

  • 'The Equalizer 2' Movie Review
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    'The Equalizer 2' Movie Review

    3 months ago

    He may not be willing to admit it, but after 37 years Denzel Washington has finally added a sequel to his resume. When asked about his return as Robert McCall in The Equalizer 2, the actor told the Hollywood Reporter, “It's a story without an ending and it's open-ended, so here...

  • 'Skyscraper' Movie Review
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    'Skyscraper' Movie Review

    4 months ago

    After 30 years, I suppose it was inevitable. We’ve had Die Hard on a train, Die Hard on a plane, in a subway, at the mall, in space, and in the White House (twice). Now we’ve come full circle, back to Die Hard in a high rise, with writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Skyscraper. And...

  • 2018 in Movies: The First Six Months
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    2018 in Movies: The First Six Months

    4 months ago

  • 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Movie Review
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    'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Is there a better time than right now for a documentary about one of the most honest, humble, and life-affirming men of the last century? In a day when cynicism is at an all-time high and the country is split wider than at any time since the civil rights movement, Won’t ...

  • 'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Movie Review
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    'Ant-Man and the Wasp': Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Ant-Man’s arrival in 2015 seemed a bit like a pesky little kid trying to get into his big brother’s room, or maybe it was as if Marvel was just offering up a silly little summer diversion by having comedian Paul Rudd don a snazzy super-suit. Either way it was little more than...

  • 'Incredibles 2' Movie Review
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    'Incredibles 2' Movie Review

    4 months ago

    When The Incredibles hit theaters almost fourteen years ago, George W. Bush had just won re-election, gas was $1.75 per gallon, and the brand new sitcom Arrested Development had just won the Emmy. At the cineplex, we watched as The Underminer...

  • 'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Movie Review
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    'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Movie Review

    4 months ago

    2015’s Sicario boasted an all-star quartet—director Denis Villeneuve, screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and star Emily Blunt. But only one of them (Sheridan) is back for the sequel, and though the other absences are glaring, Sicario: Day of the Soldado does manage to...

  • 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Movie Review
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    'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Movie Review

    4 months ago

    Sometimes you get to be so good at something that you forget what got you there in the first place. The Jurassic Park series is the eleventh-biggest box office draw of all time (though, frankly, it’s only batting .500—the second and third films could be expunged from the series without even ...

  • 'Tag' Movie Review
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    'Tag' Movie Review

    4 months ago

    George Bernard Shaw is credited with the pithy adage: “We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” Ironically, it’s that saying that grows old throughout the duration of Jeff Tomsic’s Tag; it’s repeated over and over again like some kind of cheesy...

  • 'Hotel Artemis' Movie Review
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    'Hotel Artemis' Movie Review

    4 months ago

    There are already oodles of fan theories circulating through the interwebs, positing that Hotel Artemis and 2014’s John Wick (and its 2017 sequel) exist in the same universe. And it’s certainly easy to draw a very straight, very thick line between them. One of the more clever elements of Wick...

  • 'Action Point' Movie Review
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    'Action Point' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Once upon a time, dear children, there was Jackass―a gaggle of gents who did anything and everything painful to their bodies in the name of comedy. Nothing off limits. Snakebites, stun guns, and car crashes were among the more tame methods of infliction...

  • '12 Strong' Movie Review
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    '12 Strong' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Just a few months after dazzling Thor: Ragnarok audiences as one of the more audacious and ludicrous superheroes around, Chris Hemsworth is playing a superhero yet again—only this time it’s a real-life one, and the story is, amazingly, just as unbelievable. As Green Beret Captain Mitch Nelson...

  • 'Adrift' Movie Review
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    'Adrift' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Sometimes it’s amusing to glance at the posters hanging at the cineplex and contrast the weekend’s new flicks. This weekend may be among the best yet, as the juvenile, goofy, and lazy Action Point opens alongside the riveting true-story drama of Adrift. So, will it be Shailene Woodley as a...

  • 'Ocean's 8' Movie Review
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    'Ocean's 8' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    In the wake of 2016’s so-so all-female Ghostbusters, an all-female chapter of the Ocean’s Eleven franchise might feel to some like an also-ran—as if it's more of a gimmick than anything else. But with Steven Soderbergh (who directed the 2000s’ George Clooney-led ...

  • 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Movie Review
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    'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    I remember thinking “ooh!” back in 2015 when Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, fresh off their success helming the fabulous Lego Movie, were tapped to direct the stand-alone Han Solo origin flick. At the same time, though, I thought to myself, “...and we need this movie, why?”

  • 'I Feel Pretty' Movie Review
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    'I Feel Pretty' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    From her early stand-up days to Comedy Central series, Amy Schumer made a name for herself by being as outrageous and outspoken as humanly possible. The more taboo and flinch-worthy, the better, and her career skyrocketed. So why does she insist on being ...

  • 'Life of the Party' Movie Review
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    'Life of the Party' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    If you’ve ever wondered about how much of a difference a director can make, look no further than Paul Feig. The man who directed Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy showcases the actress’ talents like no one else has been able to, giving her free rein to bring the funny...

  • 'Deadpool 2' Movie Review
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    'Deadpool 2' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    In the early weeks of 2016 Deadpool breezed into theaters like a breath of fresh air. Profane, raunchy, uber-violent air, sure, but it was undoubtedly refreshing—so much so, in fact, that it went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated movie ever, pulling in almost $800 million...

  • 'Tully' Movie Review
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    'Tully' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    Not that long ago, Charlize Theron was lean, mean, and jumping off balconies in 2017’s stellar Atomic Blonde. Now ten months (and fifty pounds) later, the doughy and frumpy incarnation—as pushed-to-the-edge mom Marlo in Jason Reitman’s Tully—is just as riveting. And the transformation is as...

  • 'Avengers: Infinity War' Movie Review
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    'Avengers: Infinity War' Movie Review

    6 months ago

    The Marvel Studios animated logo that precedes Avengers: Infinity War concludes with the “IO” in “Studios” morphing into the number ”10”, commemorating the decade that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been in our lives. So after all that time (and the eighteen MCU ...

  • 'Super Troopers 2' Movie Review
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    'Super Troopers 2' Movie Review

    6 months ago

    Though not required (or, by the book, legal), it may help to walk into Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 as high as a kite. The disgraced gang of merry Vermont Highway Patrol officers, who were last seen in 2001, are back in all their puerile glory. And since their sense of humor is on par with ...

  • 'Isle of Dogs' Movie Review
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    'Isle of Dogs' Movie Review

    6 months ago

    The sushi scene. It lasts barely thirty seconds, but it is instantly one of the more memorable sequences in the entirety of writer-director Wes Anderson’s wonderful (and wonderfully imaginative) stop-motion animated feature Isle of Dogs. Though it doesn’t involve one of the ...

  • 'Rampage' Movie Review
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    'Rampage' Movie Review

    6 months ago

    It wasn’t that long ago that Dwayne (“The Rock”) Johnson had to go on the defensive at WrestleMania when John Cena called him out for abandoning WWE for Hollywood. Cena, of course, has gone on to enjoy a nice little Hollywood career of his own, including ...

  • 'Blockers' Movie Review
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    'Blockers' Movie Review

    6 months ago

    If Blockers is wrong, I’m not entirely sure I want to be right. The super-raunchy comedy directed by first-timer Kay Cannon (who wrote the Pitch Perfect trilogy) is as off-color as Superbad, American Pie, or any other film of that ilk, with enough penis jokes, vomit, and reckless ...

  • 'A Quiet Place' Movie Review
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    'A Quiet Place' Movie Review

    7 months ago

    If you’ve ever watched the Academy Awards and used the presentation of the Sound Editing award (yawn) as an excuse to grab another bag of chips from the cupboard, A Quiet Place will make you rethink everything. Director (and actor, writer, and executive producer) John ...

  • 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Movie Review
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    'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Movie Review

    7 months ago

    It’s been a long nine months since the last Transformers movie exploded into theaters, leaving people who harbor a chronic addiction to big-bam-boom movies about giant robots blowing stuff up perhaps feeling a little empty inside. Sure, Pacific ...

  • 'Ready Player One': Movie Review
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    'Ready Player One': Movie Review

    7 months ago

    The self-proclaimed “holy grail of pop culture” has finally found its way to the cineplex, almost eight years after Warner Bros. snatched up the rights. And with Steven Spielberg at the helm, all of geek-dom is abuzz. Though fans of the Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One may ...

  • 'Thoroughbreds' Movie Review
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    'Thoroughbreds' Movie Review

    7 months ago

    It's a safe bet that no one wakes up jonesing for an indie flick about two sociopathic, rich-kid, teen-aged girls who plot to murder an adult with the help of a drug-dealing loser—but once you see Thoroughbreds, you may find yourself thankful for the 90 minutes well spent. The black-as-night ...

  • 'Gringo': Movie Review
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    'Gringo': Movie Review

    8 months ago

    David Oyelowo certainly isn’t known for his comedic chops, but he just might be after turning in a hilarious performance in Gringo, Nash Edgerton’s very black comedy. Unfortunately the movie isn’t ...

  • 'A Wrinkle in Time': Movie Review
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    'A Wrinkle in Time': Movie Review

    7 months ago

    The last time Ava DuVernay was behind the lens of a feature film, she earned a Best Picture nomination for 2014’s Selma. After that, she directed the famous trio of Apple ads (starring Mary J. ...

  • Red Sparrow: Movie Review
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    Red Sparrow: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Even if Red Sparrow hadn’t been beaten to the punch by the far-better Atomic Blonde seven months ago, it still wouldn’t be a worth the time of day. As movies go, it’s a grisly horror show that’s as...

  • Game Night: Movie Review
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    Game Night: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Twenty years ago, David Fincher gave us The Game, a topsy-turvy thriller with Sean Penn and Michael Douglas about a man who gives his brother a real-life game experience that blurs the lines ...

  • Early Man: Movie Review
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    Early Man: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Even with the occasional clunker like Cars 2 or The Good Dinosaur, Pixar has maintained an astounding track record. Even more impressive (though considerably father under the ...

  • Annihilation: Movie Review
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    Annihilation: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Following the arrival of his directorial debut Ex Machina in 2015, Alex Garland found himself on plenty of people’s radars as a stunning visualist and a true visionary. Three years later we finally...

  • Black Panther: Movie Review
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    Black Panther: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Just when you think there’s nothing more the superhero movie genre can offer, Marvel steps up its game yet again and brings an entirely new perspective. With Black Panther the studio has given us ...

  • Peter Rabbit: Movie Review
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    Peter Rabbit: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Watching Peter Rabbit, the latest hybrid live-action/animated flick from Sony Pictures Animation, you probably won’t be able to stop picturing Beatrix Potter rolling over in her grave at the legacy...

  • 'The 15:17 to Paris' Movie Review
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    'The 15:17 to Paris' Movie Review

    5 months ago

    As logical thoughts for a movie go, certainly one that tells the story of the foiled August 2015 terrorist attack onboard a high-speed train to Paris would qualify, especially in the hands of Clint...

  • Hostiles: Movie Review
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    Hostiles: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    In the tradition of great Westerns like Unforgiven, True Grit, and The Searchers, Scott Cooper’s Hostiles arrives to remind us exactly why the genre has continued to be relevant and interesting for...

  • Call Me by Your Name: Movie Review
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    Call Me by Your Name: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Set in the summer of 1983 in the marvelous, sun-dappled northern Italian countryside, Call Me by Your Name is as beautiful to look at as it is to just simply sit back and experience. Anchored by ...

  • The Post: Movie Review
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    The Post: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    A review of Steven Spielberg's political thriller film.

  • Phantom Thread: Movie Review
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    Phantom Thread: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Daniel Day-Lewis remains the only man to earn three Best Actor awards, and though he won’t win a fourth (Gary Oldman is a stone-cold lock to win this year for his stellar turn in Darkest Hour), it ...

  • The Commuter: Movie Review
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    The Commuter: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    WIth apologies to Forrest Gump, lately Liam Neeson movies have been anything but a box of chocolates—you always know exactly what you’re gonna get. And that’s particularly true if the man directing...

  • I, Tonya: Movie Review
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    I, Tonya: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    As Mark Twain’s old saying goes, “Humor is tragedy plus time.” Sure enough, in the early months of 1994, the headlines were far from humorous--a star figure skater was violently attacked after a ...

  • 2017 in Movies: The Last Six Months
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    2017 in Movies: The Last Six Months

    9 months ago

  • Paddington 2: Movie Review
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    Paddington 2: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    The idea that Paddington 2 would start 2018 as Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed movie (it’s still sitting at 100%) makes about as much sense as a walking, talking bear moseying through the streets of...

  • Darkest Hour: Movie Review
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    Darkest Hour: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    In his life, Gary Oldman has been nominated for precisely one Academy Award, for 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. It’s a travesty, given Oldman’s uncanny, chameleon-like ability to disappear into ...

  • Molly's Game: Movie Review
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    Molly's Game: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    It seems a little strange to think that writer Aaron Sorkin hasn’t directed a movie yet. His distinct stamp is on so many films (and TV shows) that they often feel like more like his projects than ...

  • The Shape of Water: Movie Review
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    The Shape of Water: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    From the gothic horror of Crimson Peak to the Transformers-style mayhem of Pacific Rim to the mind-bending fairytale of Pan’s Labyrinth, writer/director Guillermo del Toro has made it a point to ...

  • The Disaster Artist: Movie Review
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    The Disaster Artist: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    Go ahead and argue all you want about the best movie ever made (Citizen Kane? The Godfather? Casablanca?), but there’s not much debate about the worst. The Room, which was written, directed, ...

  • Downsizing: Movie Review
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    Downsizing: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    A review of the comedy-drama from Alexander Payne.

  • Mudbound: Movie Review
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    Mudbound: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    There’s no earthly reason that a 1940s-set drama about two families working the land in dirt-poor Mississippi should be one of the more resounding and topical movies of 2017, but it’s frightening ...

  • All the Money in the World: Movie Review
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    All the Money in the World: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    I’m not gonna lie—it takes a good ten or fifteen minutes to stop comparing Christopher Plummer’s performance as J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World to what you imagine Kevin Spacey ...

  • The Greatest Showman: Movie Review
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    The Greatest Showman: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    A year ago at this time I was sharing (with anyone who would listen) my tepid reaction to La La Land. The mediocre and needlessly depressing movie had some snazzy tunes, sure, but the on-screen ...

  • Pitch Perfect 3: Movie Review
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    Pitch Perfect 3: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    Back in the fall of 2012, Pitch Perfect brought a capella music to the mainstream, giving Anna Kendrick a top-ten Billboard hit in the process with ”Cups” (albeit the pop version). The 2015 ...

  • Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle: Movie Review
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    Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    Is it possible that Sony greenlit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with the pitch that it’s The Breakfast Club set in a rainforest? Sure enough, a detentioned jock, nerd, princess, and outcast ...

  • The Man Who Invented Christmas: Movie Review
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    The Man Who Invented Christmas: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    At the time, Downton Abbey fans may not have been too pleased with his premature departure from the role of young Matthew Crawley, but surely folks have come to realize that Dan Stevens actually ...

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Movie Review
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    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Movie Review

    10 months ago

    Five years ago a brilliant, nutso movie with a stellar cast (Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Colin Farrell, Abbie Cornish) came and went with barely a whimper. Martin McDonagh’s Seven ...

  • Star Wars - The Last Jedi: Movie Review
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    Star Wars - The Last Jedi: Movie Review

    11 months ago

    After spending the better part of two years ranting against Star Wars: The Force Awakens (yes, against) and writer/director J.J. Abrams’ ridiculously derivative (heck, downright copycat) plot, to ...

  • Lady Bird: Movie Review
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    Lady Bird: Movie Review

    11 months ago

    Does the world really need yet another coming-of-age flick? Well, when the flick in question is the exquisitely crafted and eminently delightful Lady Bird, the answer is a flat-out “heck yeah.”

  • Coco: Movie Review
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    Coco: Movie Review

    11 months ago

    After a seemingly interminable Frozen short (“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”), complete with pointless songs and a vapid story, the curtain finally rises on Pixar’s nineteenth feature film, the lavish ...

  • The Florida Project: Movie Review
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    The Florida Project: Movie Review

    11 months ago

    As the story goes, the seeds for The Florida Project were planted in the spring of 2011 as screenwriter Chris Bergoch drove through Orlando. He noticed a gaggle of local kids playing wiffle ball in...

  • Justice League: Movie Review
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    Justice League: Movie Review

    11 months ago

    Not even six months ago it seemed the folks over at the DC Films had finally righted their ship. After the varying-levels-of-disappointing Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and ...

  • Daddy's Home 2: Movie Review
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    Daddy's Home 2: Movie Review

    11 months ago

    At one point in the wholly unnecessary Daddy’s Home 2, the entire extended family lands at the local cineplex at Christmas and checks out a new Liam Neeson movie—a holiday-themed action flick ...

  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017): Movie Review
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    Murder on the Orient Express (2017): Movie Review

    12 months ago

    Of the dozens and dozens of books Agatha Christie wrote during her prolific career, none is perhaps as famous as her 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express. A riveting whodunit set on the famed ...

  • A Bad Moms Christmas: Movie Review
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    A Bad Moms Christmas: Movie Review

    12 months ago

    By my count there are at least a half-dozen things the women in A Bad Moms Christmas do that would get normal (not in the movies, that is) people arrested. From public pot-smoking in broad daylight...

  • Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review
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    Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

    12 months ago

    I’ve never really been a Thor guy. After the goofy fun of 2008’s Iron Man and its 2010 sequel, the stodgy and needlessly convoluted Thor in 2011 seemed like a record scratch in the then-infant...

  • Suburbicon: Movie Review
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    Suburbicon: Movie Review

    12 months ago

    Back in 2014 when the George Clooney-helmed The Monuments Men limped into theaters, I said in my review that I imagined would just be written off as a good idea poorly executed. Clooney had earlier...

  • Thank You for Your Service: Movie Review
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    Thank You for Your Service: Movie Review

    12 months ago

    There’s certainly never been a shortage of war movies at the local cineplex.This year alone we’ve had Dunkirk, The Zookeeper’s Wife, also-rans The Wall and Megan Leavey, and the Netflix hit War ...

  • 1922: Movie Review
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    1922: Movie Review

    12 months ago

    It would be easy for even the most ardent Stephen King fan to start crying uncle (and no, not crying “Uncle Stevie”, as his Constant Readers do). In just the past few months—well, we all know the ...

  • Victoria & Abdul: Movie Review
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    Victoria & Abdul: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    A review of the film 'Victoria & Abdul.'

  • Only the Brave: Movie Review
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    Only the Brave: Movie Review

    12 months ago

    On the same weekend that Geostorm blasts into theaters with its cartoonish levels of destruction and mayhem (Rio has an Arctic freeze! Moscow melts!), Only the Brave reminds us that there are ...

  • Battle of the Sexes: Movie Review
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    Battle of the Sexes: Movie Review

    12 months ago

    In the late summer of 1973, the country was abuzz with the impending Battle of the Sexes tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Now, some four decades later, the awards circuit is ...

  • Geostorm: Movie Review
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    Geostorm: Movie Review

    12 months ago

    Talk about bad timing. Just as Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida are digging out from massive natural disasters and half of California is ablaze from colossal wildfires, this weekend brings a ...

  • Happy Death Day: Movie Review
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    Happy Death Day: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    There’s no shortage of things requiring a heaping amount of suspension of disbelief in Happy Death Day, the Groundhog Day-style horror-comedy (heavier on comedy, lighter on horror) from director ...

  • The Babysitter: Movie Review
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    The Babysitter: Movie Review

    13 months ago

    2014 was a very good year, at least as far as the Black List of the best unproduced screenplays is concerned. Alongside the script for what would become the Oscar-winning film Manchester by the Sea...

  • Blade Runner 2049: Movie Review
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    Blade Runner 2049: Movie Review

    13 months ago

    Thirty-five years ago, Ridley Scott dropped Blade Runner on us—one of the more celebrated films not only in the pantheon of science fiction but in all of movie-dom. Though some viewed it as frankly...

  • The Mountain Between Us: Movie Review
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    The Mountain Between Us: Movie Review

    13 months ago

    The Mountain Between Us has all the trappings of a decent wilderness survival story—two people who don’t know each other crash in the Rocky Mountains after the pilot of their small plane has a ...

  • Gerald's Game: Movie Review
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    Gerald's Game: Movie Review

    13 months ago

    Is it possible for Stephen King to be having a renaissance, even though he’s never really gone away at any point in the past four decades? Heck, even sustaining horrendous injuries when struck by a...

  • American Made: Movie Review
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    American Made: Movie Review

    13 months ago

    In the mid- to late-80s, just as Doug Liman was finishing up his undergraduate years at Brown University, his father was busy serving as chief counsel for the senate during the Iran-Contra ...

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    "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" Movie Review

    13 months ago

    No one will ever accuse Matthew Vaughn of being subtle, and we can reasonably sure he wouldn’t want that anyway. But even fans of his last three directorial efforts (2010’s Kick-Ass, 2011’s X-Men: ...

  • American Assassin: Movie Review
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    American Assassin: Movie Review

    14 months ago

    Before his too-soon death in 2013 from cancer, author Vince Flynn made a nice name for himself as the creator of the Mitch Rapp series of thriller/black-ops novels—so much so that CBS Films snapped...

  • It: Movie Review
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    It: Movie Review

    14 months ago

    Since the mid-70s, somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty Stephen King stories have been adapted into movies. While a few actually outshine their source material (including 1986’s Stand By Me and ...

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Re-Issue
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Re-Issue

    14 months ago

    1977 may have been the year of Star Wars, but six months after we were introduced to Luke Skywalker we got another sci-fi classic, Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind...

  • Wind River: Movie Review
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    Wind River: Movie Review

    14 months ago

    Just two years ago, Taylor Sheridan was best known (if he was known at all) as Deputy Chief David Hale on Sons of Anarchy. Since his departure from that show, however, he has emerged as one of the ...

  • The Hitman's Bodyguard: Movie Review
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    The Hitman's Bodyguard: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    The latest in the long line of oil-and-water “buddy” flicks, The Hitman’s Bodyguard doesn’t bring much new to the table, but thanks to the undeniable chemistry between its stars Ryan Reynolds and ...

  • Logan Lucky: Movie Review
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    Logan Lucky: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    It was a dark day two years ago when director Steven Soderbergh announced he was retiring from directing. Not “life-changing” dark or “crime against humanity” dark, but still—he’s ...

  • Detroit: Movie Review
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    Detroit: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    Over the past 15 years, Kathryn Bigelow has directed precisely two feature films. 2008’s The Hurt Locker won the Oscar for Best Picture (along with five other Academy Awards), and 2012’s Zero Dark ...

  • Kidnap: Movie Review
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    Kidnap: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    It is what it is. Luis Prieto’s Kidnap is a fairly by-the-book flick about a woman chasing after the people who kidnapped her young son. That’s it. There’s no twist, no bizarre subplot, not much of...

  • Atomic Blonde: Movie Review
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    Atomic Blonde: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    It was famously said of Ginger Rogers that she did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels. In Atomic Blonde, MI6 operative Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) does ...

  • Dunkirk: Movie Review
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    Dunkirk: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    The term “visionary director” gets tossed around maybe a little more than it should; seemingly anytime a director does something a little creative or a bit off the beaten path, he or she earns the ...

  • Spider-Man - Homecoming: Movie Review
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    Spider-Man - Homecoming: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    Just when you think the Avengers have assembled, the folks over at Marvel give us some new blood, and just in time. Following his glorified cameo in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker ...

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Movie Review
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    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    I imagine writer-director Luc Besson envisioned Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets as the glorious offspring of Avatar and his own The Fifth Element, but something awful happened on the ...

  • The Big Sick: Movie Review
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    The Big Sick: Movie Review

    15 months ago

    There’s no question that the romantic comedy has largely disappeared in the last decade or so, fizzling out around the same time that superhero/comic book movies started making their return...

  • War for the Planet of the Apes: Movie Review
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    War for the Planet of the Apes: Movie Review

    16 months ago

    As far as I know, no one has ever scored an Oscar nomination for playing an animal. Yes, John Hurt scored a nod in 1981 for his performance as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, but as we all ...

  • 2017 in Movies: The First Six Months
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    2017 in Movies: The First Six Months

    16 months ago

  • The House: Movie Review
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    The House: Movie Review

    16 months ago

    Just when you think the summer movie season is beginning to redeem itself (thank you, Baby Driver and The Beguiled), along comes one of the truly worst movies. No, not one of the worst movies of ...

  • The Beguiled: Movie Review
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    The Beguiled: Movie Review

    16 months ago

    Like the distant thumps of cannon fire that echo in the air around the Virginia plantation where it’s set, The Beguiled exudes an ...

  • Despicable Me 3: Movie Review
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    Despicable Me 3: Movie Review

    16 months ago

    Once upon a time super-villain Gru was actually despicable; it wasn’t that long ago that he was shrinking and stealing the moon, for heaven’s sake. But adopting cutie-pies Margo, Edith, and Agnes ...

  • Baby Driver: Movie Review
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    Baby Driver: Movie Review

    16 months ago

    Key. Clutch. Ignition. Gear. Pedal. iPod. Go. Baby Driver, the latest from director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Hot Fuzz), is a slam-bang, full-throttle helluva ride that goes from ...

  • All Eyez On Me: Movie Review
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    All Eyez On Me: Movie Review

    16 months ago

    Poet. Gangsta. Thug. Visionary. Tupac Shakur was a lot of things to a lot of people, and though he was tragically cut down at age 25, he lived a full life—five ...

  • Transformers - The Last Knight: Movie Review
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    Transformers - The Last Knight: Movie Review

    16 months ago

    There’s no question that the Transformers franchise has produced one of the biggest gaps between movie critics and the ticket-buying public since the first film arrived in 2007. Every one of them ...

  • Wonder Woman: Movie Review
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    Wonder Woman: Movie Review

    16 months ago

    A little over a year ago we got our first glimpse of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the abysmal Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. At that time I wrote that it takes two long hours to get to the...

  • Rough Night: Movie Review
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    Rough Night: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Remember Bridesmaids? Director Paul Feig’s hilarious and smart 2011 comedy with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Maya Rudolph pulled in almost $300 million worldwide and currently enjoys a 90% ...

  • Cars 3: Movie Review
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    Cars 3: Movie Review

    17 months ago

    The Cars franchise has always been Pixar’s red-headed stepchild, unfairly lambasted for being nothing more than a way for the studio to make money at the toy store. But the first Cars movie is ...

  • The Mummy: Movie Review
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    The Mummy: Movie Review

    17 months ago

    The 2017 reboot of The Mummy is supposed to triumphantly launch Universal’s new Dark Universe franchise, which currently has ten films on the slate, ...

  • Captain Underpants - The First Epic Movie: Movie Review
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    Captain Underpants - The First Epic Movie: Movie Review

    17 months ago

    With a title like Captain Underpants, it’s useless to expect high-brow humor driven by nuance and subtlety. But the dozen-deep book series by Dav Pelkey is ...

  • Baywatch: Movie Review
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    Baywatch: Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Just two months after a silly remake of a campy TV show hit theaters, we barely have time to blink before we get another. Unfortunately, as with CHIPS, the modern-day ...

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    "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" Movie Review

    17 months ago

    It’s easy to forget that Johnny Depp actually scored an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the first Pirates of the Caribbean installment back in 2003. Though the ...

  • Alien: Covenant Movie Review
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    Alien: Covenant Movie Review

    8 months ago

    Back in 2014, director Ridley Scott, speaking about the Alien franchise in the wake of 2012’s Prometheus, said he was done with the monsters.

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    "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword": Movie Review

    18 months ago

    Director Guy Ritchie arrived on the scene with a literal bang almost twenty years ago, following up 1998’s now-classic Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels with the even-better Snatch in 2000...

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    "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2": Movie Review

    18 months ago

    When Guardians of the Galaxy exploded into theaters in August 2014, it was instantly welcomed as a hilarious, goofball addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the studio’s two previous films...

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    "Gifted": Movie Review

    18 months ago

    In the past four years, Chris Evans has done one non-Avengers movie. One. Sure, if you got a good thing going, you’re allowed to keep at it, but would it kill a guy to branch out a little? As it so...

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    "The Promise": Movie Review

    18 months ago

    Setting a cinematic love story against the backdrop of a major historical event is always a dicey proposition. There’s a handful of times it’s been done well, but more often than not the historical...

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    "The Circle": Movie Review

    18 months ago

    In case you hadn’t heard, there are large tech companies based in the San Francisco area that are very interested in your internet habits--what products you buy, what topics you discuss, what ...

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    "The Fate of the Furious": Movie Review

    19 months ago

    The Fast and Furious flicks have never been terribly concerned with obeying the laws of physics (or common sense, for that matter), and eight movies in, with two more still to come, it’s clear ...

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    "The Zookeeper's Wife": Movie Review

    17 months ago

    So many stories of unimaginable courage have emerged from the time of World War II that you might begin to think there aren’t any left to be told. From To Hell and Back to The Imitation Game to ...

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    "Ghost in the Shell (2017)": Movie Review

    19 months ago

    Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 feature Ghost in the Shell is perhaps the best known (and best reviewed) anime film ever, an instant-classic parable about the rise of technology and the inherent dwindling of ...

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    "CHIPS": Movie Review

    19 months ago

    Dax Shepard says he’s a fan of the original CHiPs television series from the late 70s/early 80s. Watching the big-screen version, which he wrote and directed, you may find that difficult to believe...

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    "Life": Movie Review

    19 months ago

    For those of us old enough to remember, Alien arrived in 1979 and promptly scared the living bejeezus out of us. It was the latest in the ol’ hunted-by-a-space-alien genre, it was nothing short of ...

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    "Beauty and the Beast (2017)": Movie Review

    20 months ago

    Clearly the executives at Disney open their annual meetings by asking a simple (and misguided) question: “Which of our beloved animated classics can be remade with real-live people this year?” In ...

  • A United Kingdom: Movie Review
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    A United Kingdom: Movie Review

    9 months ago

    Just two years after his vivid and powerful portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, David Oyelowo is at it again, turning in a subdued, pitch-perfect performance as a global civil rights...

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    "Before I Fall": Movie Review

    20 months ago

    Sure, it would be easy to sum up Before I Fall as a teen angst, weepie re-do of Groundhog Day, but it’s actually a pleasant surprise, having the legs to stand on its own. There are plenty of ...

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    "Logan": Movie Review

    20 months ago

    Eight times over the past 17 years, Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine, but the ninth is his last; he’s hanging up his adamantium claws for good. Fortunately for us (and him, I suppose) Jackman...

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    "Kong: Skull Island" Movie Review

    20 months ago

    Sure the calendar may say that summer starts in the third week of June, but the movie world makes its own rules. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know full-well summer starts in the first ...

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    "Collide": Movie Review

    20 months ago

    It’s taken almost a year and a half, but Collide is finally seeing the light of day. Filmed in 2014 and originally set for release in the fall of 2015, the film fell victim to the bankruptcy filing...

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    "Get Out": Movie Review

    20 months ago

    Across five seasons Comedy Central’s Key & Peele delivered some of the most biting and clever satire on television, always tapping into the thorny issue of the moment, whether it be race, religion...

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    "Fist Fight": Movie Review

    21 months ago

    Imagine a high school where a teacher openly lusts after her underage students, where a drugged-up horse gallops through the halls, and a kid gets his desk reduced to splinters after a teacher ...

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    "The Lego Batman Movie": Movie Review

    21 months ago

    Following in the footsteps of 2014’s brilliant The Lego Movie is no mean feat, so rather than make a sequel, Warner Animation Group wisely decided a spin-off might be a better idea. And who better ...

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    "John Wick - Chapter 2": Movie Review

    21 months ago

    Keanu Reeves was all but forgotten when John Wick barreled onto the scene in 2014, having been relegated to the likes of 2011’s Henry’s Crime and 2013’s Man of Tai Chi, which together made $200,000...

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    "The Space Between Us": Movie Review

    21 months ago

    Originally set for release on July 29, 2016, The Space Between Us was then delayed until August 19. And then to December 16. And now it’s finally hitting theaters in February 2017. If you’re ...

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    "Resident Evil - The Final Chapter": Movie Review

    21 months ago

    Like the Underworld series, which returned to theaters a few weeks ago, the Resident Evil franchise has come back from a few years off to give its kick-ass female lead yet more opportunity to ...

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    "Split": Movie Review

    21 months ago

    M. Night Shyamalan has made a nice little name for himself trying to live up to the promise he delivered with The Sixth Sense way back in 1999. Though nothing he’s done since has quite matched the ...

  • The Founder: Movie Review
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    The Founder: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    In the fall of 2004 former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler released his fourth solo album, the well-reviewed but ultimately-ignored Shangri-La. Its first single was a quirky little pop song ...

  • 2016 in Movies: The Last Six Months
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    2016 in Movies: The Last Six Months

    22 months ago

  • La La Land: Movie Review
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    La La Land: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    Hollywood loves Hollywood. It’s a big reason why The Artist beat out arguably better movies like The Descendants, The Help, and Hugo to win Best Picture in 2011, and it’s why Argo edged out Life of...

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    "Patriots Day": Movie Review

    22 months ago

    How soon is too soon? Because the Boston Marathon bombing happened just under four years ago, does that automatically disqualify someone from making a feature film about it?

  • Jackie: Movie Review
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    Jackie: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    Since winning the Oscar for her performance as ballerina Nina Sayers in 2010’s Black Swan, Natalie Portman’s acting career has included the so-so No Strings Attached, the horribly misguided Your ...

  • Live by Night: Movie Review
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    Live by Night: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    So far three of Dennis Lehane’s novels have been adapted for the screen, and though Shutter Island wasn’t as good as Gone Baby Gone, which wasn’t as good as Mystic...

  • Hidden Figures: Movie Review
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    Hidden Figures: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    2016 has been a year full of historical films, many of which gave the spotlight to little-known true stories. From Loving to Hacksaw Ridge to even the mediocre ...

  • Underworld - Blood Wars: Movie Review
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    Underworld - Blood Wars: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    Before the Twilight series was even a fragment in author Stephenie Meyer’s mind, the Underworld franchise introduced us to the contentious co-existence of werewolves and vampires. Since that time...

  • Fences: Film Review
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    Fences: Film Review

    22 months ago

    Back in 2010 Denzel Washington and Viola Davis trod the boards for three months in a Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning play Fences. Both won Tonys for their performances, and ...

  • Lion: Movie Review
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    Lion: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    Five years old and a thousand miles from home in an Indian province of people who don’t speak the same language (not that five-year-olds have much of a command ...

  • Passengers: Movie Review
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    Passengers: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    A space age love story. A race-against-time action flick. A morality play. A sci-fi drama. A Cast Away-esque solitary tale. Had screenwriter Jon Spaihts chosen any one of the above, we might have ...

  • Manchester by the Sea: Movie Review
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    Manchester by the Sea: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    More often than not, grief is presented in movies as something to overcome, a painful thing family members join together to fight or that individuals successfully struggle to beat. But sometimes ...

  • Sing: Movie Review
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    Sing: Movie Review

    22 months ago

    With all the memes making their way through the interwebs these days about what a god-awful year 2016 was, take some comfort in the fact that things end on an upbeat note (at least at the cineplex)...

  • Moonlight: Movie Review
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    Moonlight: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    More often than not it seems movies try to throw everything possible at audiences in an effort to entertain, whether it’s big stars, big effects, overly-intricate plots, whiz-bang animation, sight ...

  • Rogue One: Movie Review
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    Rogue One: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    Now that’s how you make a Star Wars movie. Not only does Rogue One fit snuggly into the Lucas-created universe, it all but erases the many annoyances caused by last year’s Episode VII: The Force ...

  • Nocturnal Animals: Movie Review
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    Nocturnal Animals: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    Back in 2009 fashion designer Tom Ford turned heads with his directorial debut, the riveting A Single Man. It’s taken six years for his follow-up, and though it doesn’t quite equal his first effort ..

  • Office Christmas Party: Movie Review
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    Office Christmas Party: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    Three screenwriters, three story developers, and two directors─the people responsible for The Hangover, Blades of Glory, and Borat. Plus Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, TJ Miller, Kate McKinnon...

  • Loving: Movie Review
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    Loving: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    I’ll admit I hadn’t heard of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia before seeing the poignant film from director Jeff Nichols (Mud). I’m not alone...

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Movie Review
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    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    It’s easy to imagine that if a person went from living on welfare to being a multi-millionaire in a mere five years, all because of some books she wrote, that she would want to keep on writing...

  • Moana: Movie Review
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    Moana: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    Being the daughter of a Pacific Island chief, young Moana is technically a princess, and halfway through her namesake Disney movie, she’s in fact told, “if you wear a dress and have an animal ...

  • Allied: Movie Review
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    Allied: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    Not even fifteen minutes into Allied, I found myself wondering, “Who is the amateurish director responsible for this thing?” The whole movie has a feeling of artificiality hovering over it. The ...

  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: Movie Review
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    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: Movie Review

    23 months ago

    Barely a month ago Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was a shoo-in for a Best Picture nod and widely considered one of the favorites to win. But that was based solely ...

  • Trolls: Movie Review
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    Trolls: Movie Review

    24 months ago

    Trolls haven’t always enjoyed a particularly warm and fuzzy connotation, from the billy goats gruffs’ nemesis to the current internet slugs, but Dreamworks Animation is doing everything it can to ...

  • The Edge of Seventeen: Movie Review
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    The Edge of Seventeen: Movie Review

    24 months ago

    For more than thirty years, the John Hughes canon has served as the paragon of teen movies. Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and the rest may not have been perfect (let’s face it─The Breakfast Club...

  • Arrival: Movie Review
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    Arrival: Movie Review

    24 months ago

    Prisoners in 2013 and Sicario in 2015. Each were among the most powerful and riveting movies of their respective years, and director Denis Villeneuve was the man behind them both. So it’s no wonder...

  • Doctor Strange: Movie Review
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    Doctor Strange: Movie Review

    24 months ago

    Hand it to them right now. It’s barely November, but the Oscar for Visual Effects is already in the bag. As great as The Jungle Book was, and as nifty as Rogue One will likely be, there’s nothing ...

  • Hacksaw Ridge: Movie Review
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    Hacksaw Ridge: Movie Review

    2 years ago

    After ten years as public enemy number one in Hollywood (and well-deserved...but we’ll just leave it at that) Mel Gibson is back. And let’s not think for a second it’s a coincidence the film that ...

  • Inferno: Movie Review
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    Inferno: Movie Review

    2 years ago

    Word of advice for anyone ever planning on becoming a villain: don’t waste time explaining your nefarious plot to your intended target; you will surely end up dead, and your plot will be foiled...

  • Keeping Up with the Joneses: Movie Review
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    Keeping Up with the Joneses: Movie Review

    2 years ago

    Director Greg Mottola certainly has it in him. We know he can direct both a big-budget riot (2007’s Superbad) and a small-budget gem (2009’s Adventureland). Perhaps we’ll never know, however, what ...

  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review
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    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back - Movie Review

    2 years ago

    When Jack Reacher hit theaters in 2012 it did okay for itself, making just under a quarter-billion dollars and winning over the majority of both critics (myself included) and audiences. Much of the...

  • The Accountant: Movie Review
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    The Accountant: Movie Review

    2 years ago

    The quick and easy five-word description of The Accountant is “Rain Man meets Jason Bourne”, but that doesn’t even begin to get to the heart of the film...

  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - Movie Review
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    Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - Movie Review

    2 years ago

    Director Steve Carr has made a nice little living for himself directing pleasant family films. Not great family films, and certain not memorable family films, but tolerable little diversions like ...

  • Kevin Hart: What Now? - Movie Review
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    Kevin Hart: What Now? - Movie Review

    2 years ago

    This year, for the first time in the decade-long history of Forbes’ list of the highest-paid comedians, the top earner is not Jerry Seinfeld. It’s Kevin Hart. No surprise, really. Despite taking ...

  • The Girl on the Train: Movie Review
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    The Girl on the Train: Movie Review

    2 years ago

    Riding the Gone Girl wave of female-driven, dark thrillers, Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train became an instant number-one New York Times bestseller in early 2015. It was such a gripping yarn ...

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Movie Review
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    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Movie Review

    2 years ago

    Once upon a time Tim Burton was the Sultan of Spooky, the King of Creepy. His early work, including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and even his 1989 spin on Batman are still masterworks of eerie...

  • Deepwater Horizon: Movie Review
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    Deepwater Horizon: Movie Review

    2 years ago

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