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Terminator: Genesys

Terminator: Genesys

The problem with Terminator: Genesys arrives with the first scenes, stays with the film throughout the convoluted rewrite of the franchise’s mythology, and remains after the Read More

Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL

Somewhere, in a studio suite overlooking LaLa Land, a high paid suit is sitting in his (or her) comfy chair, trying to find that last great Read More

Ted 2

Ted 2

When last we left the characters of Seth MacFarlane’s surprise hit Ted, the foul-mouthed animated Teddy Bear and his gal pal, Tami-Lynn (a terrific Jessica Barth) Read More

Big Game

Big Game

The President’s in trouble, and it’s up to Snake Plissken to… no, wait. That’s Escape from New York. Okay, the President’s in trouble, and it’s up Read More

Felt

Felt

Felt is a filmic exercise in which the “narrative,” inasmuch as one even exists, is so embedded in the film’s formal properties that it becomes futile Read More

Inside Out

Inside Out

When the Pixar team is firing on all cylinders, the resulting films are state-of-the-art and revolutionary, both in terms of the visual immersion and the emotional Read More

Burying the Ex

Burying the Ex

Films like Gremlins and The Howling established Joe Dante as a beloved bender of genre, mixing fun with freaky to create entertaining and endearing onscreen fantasies. Read More

Manglehorn

Manglehorn

For all its attempts to heavily overcomplicate both its narrative and its aesthetic, Manglehorn sure is simplistic and bland. In spite of the wistful philosophizing narration Read More

The Overnight

The Overnight

In the Woody Allen film Sleeper, a scientist informs Allen that his brain will be electronically simplified and Allen responds, “My brain? That’s my second favorite Read More

Eden

Eden

A baggy, dead-end story of a Parisian garage DJ straining for Peter Pan agelessness, Eden bumps along with all the live-for-tonight randomness of its characters’ twilight Read More

Dope

Dope

Get ready for ’90s nostalgia, non-grunge edition. While the late Kurt Cobain is being lamented for his disturbed genius in the recent doc Montage of Heck, Read More

Jurassic World

Jurassic World

Since Jurassic World is intended as a direct sequel to the original 1993 Jurassic Park, there are two specific sequences wherein it seems abundantly clear that Read More

Me & Earl & The Dying Girl

Me & Earl & The Dying Girl

Most filmmakers claim to avoid genre contrivance. Their movie isn’t your “typical” tearjerker or action romp. Instead, they argue for such words as “revisionist” and “reinvention” Read More