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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

Wakefield

Wakefield

Bryan Cranston is no stranger to inhabiting formidable lead characters – there’s LBJ and, of course, the inimitable Walter White – so he’s in familiar territory Read More

The Lovers

The Lovers

The Lovers is what happens when interesting filmmakers have interesting ideas that actually make no sense in reality. It takes an intriguing premise and then strains 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

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

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

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

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

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

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Making his English language debut with The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Norwegian director André Øvredal delivers a precise examination and deconstruction of horror convention. Much like Read More

Life

Life

The trailers for Life are impressively coy. While they can’t disguise something as topline as the lazy and generic title, that isn’t necessarily an indication that Read More

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Never before has a movie remake so simultaneously affirmed its inspiration’s brilliance and also invalidated its own existence. Disney’s long-awaited live-action remake of Beauty and the 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

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