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Old

There is a movie inside Old that flows organically out of its characters, driven by their fears, desires, and regrets, generating a clear-eyed and affecting metaphor for the speed with which life passes us by, and our inherent unwillingness to slow down long enough to savor every moment. It’s as eloquent a thematic underpinning as […]

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Space Jam: A New Legacy

The prevailing critical logic on Space Jam: A New Legacy is that it’s bad. And…yeah, that basically tracks. More intriguing than general derision, though, is exploring precisely how the film ended up in its current form, a melting pot of contradictory aims so dissonant that any chance at basic coherence was dashed at the conceptual […]

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Gunpowder Milkshake

Netflix’s Gunpowder Milkshake takes place in a neon-soaked alternate universe where only criminals and the people who aid and abet them seem to exist. At home there is Karen Gillan’s Sam, a hitwoman for a crime syndicate called The Firm. Sam was raised by Nathan (Paul Giamatti), one of the organization’s higher ups, after her […]

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The Ice Road

Since 2008’s Taken, Liam Neeson has more than established his action hero bona fides after previously demonstrating his talent as a dramatic actor in films like Schindler’s List. Unfortunately, Netflix’s The Ice Road won’t burnish his legacy in either category, as even Neeson can’t make this poorly executed action thriller exciting. Neeson plays a gruff […]

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Luca

A pleasant if predictable fable about acceptance and diversity, Luca is a lesser effort from Pixar Animation Studios, which still places it above most animated feature films. It’s full of lovely animation and appealing characters, in a well-realized setting that draws from both mythology and history. For its target kid audience, Luca is perfectly effective, […]

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Holler

Holler is a film that seems to have an uncanny psychic link to its characters and environment, a kind of synthesis between form and subject that can’t be manufactured, only felt. Portraits of Rust Belt desperation are quite popular in the industry of late, to the point that Appalachian Misery Porn should be designated its […]

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Awake

Awake, Netflix’s latest apocalyptic thriller, echoes films like A Quiet Place and Bird Box, in which a single event changes the fate of humanity, forcing its characters into a desperate fight for survival. However, Awake‘s characters and the world it builds aren’t nearly as compelling as those of other similarly themed films, resulting in a […]

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Marathon

No one makes Christopher Guest movies like Christopher Guest, as filmmakers Anthony Guidubaldi and Keith Strausbaugh prove with their Guest-style mockumentary Marathon. But just because Marathon doesn’t match up to the brilliance of Guest films like Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show doesn’t mean that it isn’t entertaining, and Guidubaldi and Strausbaugh put together […]