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Cars 3

Cars 3

The Cars movies have always been outliers in Pixar’s filmography. They’re missing that combination of wit and dramatic themes that appeal to both kids and adults. Read More

47 Meters Down

47 Meters Down

“How deep are we?!” “47 meters.” The above is an exchange from 47 Meters Down, the latest entry in the ever-expanding subgenre of sharksploitation. The film, Read More

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

With 2012’s Prometheus Ridley Scott returned to a franchise he began, shifting the focus from alien-wrought (with the help of corporate greed) carnage to more contemplative Read More

Snatched

Snatched

Snatched is only able to ride the chemistry of its leads so far. The back-and-forth between Amy Schumer’s self-absorbed slacker and Goldie Hawn as her suburban Read More

The Promise

The Promise

Maybe there needs to be some promises made before filming well-intentioned dramatizations of historic atrocities. Like not filling the screenplay with a string of significant events Read More

Free Fire

Free Fire

Two groups of unscrupulous characters convene in an abandoned factory for an arms deal. What could possibly go wrong? A lot, and in Ben Wheatley’s Free Read More

The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious

The questionable logic of the Fast and Furious franchise has been imbued with a silliness, intentional or not, that’s made the movies at least somewhat endearing. Read More

Queen of the Desert

Queen of the Desert

Queen of the Desert is a biopic that includes a serious line of dialogue incorporating the film’s title, in reference to its central subject, who then Read More

Colossal

Colossal

Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal is an unconventional, and extremely enjoyable, monster movie that explores the self-destruction and collateral damage caused by a broken individual. The fact that Read More

The Ticket

The Ticket

A blind man regains his sight in The Ticket, which plays like a one-stanza fable extended to feature-length screenplay without any complexity added to the moralizing. Read More

Song to Song

Song to Song

Of the films in Terrence Malick’s uncharacteristically productive post-Tree of Life period, Song to Song is the best and most accessible. That doesn’t mean it’s a Read More

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island is simultaneously grand and bland. The large-scale monster mayhem is technically dazzling, but the lack of convincing purpose for the human characters leaves Read More

Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper

Maureen has ghosts. One of them she’s trying to make contact with, literally, and her quest is quietly entrancing. At a deliberate pace, Personal Shopper, an Read More

Logan

Logan

Seventeen years. That’s how long Hugh Jackman has remained committed to playing Wolverine. And through nine films of varying quality with changing casts, questionable continuity, and Read More

Before I Fall

Before I Fall

Groundhog Day goes YA in Before I Fall, a twee yet honest and well-constructed drama about a privileged high schooler living the same day over and Read More

A Cure for Wellness

A Cure for Wellness

Studio films rarely get as bonkers as A Cure for Wellness. While admirable for its audacity, Gore Verbinski’s stylish gothic horror throwback is plagued by a Read More