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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The YA novel-to-multiplex craze is in its death throes. The final movie in the Divergent series – whatever “-ent” or “-ant” it is – is skipping theaters altogether after the tepid response to Allegiant. The sameness within the genre has made it long stale. Based on the dark fantasy novel by Ransom Riggs and under […]

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The Magnificent Seven (2016)

As it goes with Antoine Fuqua’s features, masculinity and morality are at the forefront of The Magnificent Seven. It would seem, then, that a cast full of compelling actors and material derived from Akira Kurosawa and John Sturges would be a perfect fit for the director’s sensibilities. However, this updated take not only lacks the […]

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Morgan

Stories of man playing God to their own detriment are as old as creation and as each generation pushes the limits of technology and scientific morality, fresh takes on the subject remain relevant. Morgan is a rotten, trivial take. It’s a bland, Frankensteined mix of 2009’s Splice and last year’s wonderful Ex Machina, with nothing […]

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Sausage Party

Playing as if it were conceived while watching Pixar movies through a cloud of bong smoke – and considering the filmmakers that’s a distinct possibility, Sausage Party mixes animated irreverence (read: lots of dick jokes and food-related sex puns) with underlying messages. The raunchiness is nervy, often inspired, and the commentary on things like theology […]

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Jason Bourne

It looks like a Bourne and sounds like a Bourne – what you can see through Paul Greengrass’ shaky-cam and hear of Matt Damon’s strained mumbles, anyway – but Jason Bourne is a mere shadow of the entertaining original trilogy. After nine years away from the franchise, which also spawned curious offshoot The Bourne Legacy, […]

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Clown

Clown’s long journey to release began way back in 2010, when director Jon Watts uploaded a faux trailer to YouTube. His idea of a guy possessed by an evil clown suit was kind of fun in the 80-second trailer; not so much when stretched to 100 minutes. At feature length, the movie struggles to fill […]

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Warcraft

A huge part of the appeal of World of Warcraft is the ability for gamers to role-play by inserting their chosen avatar into a world derived from Tolkien and other fantastical bits and bobs, altering the experience as they interact with fellow players. Warcraft, the movie, gives us no free will. We’re trapped in a […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

About halfway through Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows there’s an action set piece involving a plane crash in the Amazon. The four titular, CGI-rendered humanoid heroes emerge from the wreckage, and it’s when they start fighting genetically altered baddies in the form of a rhino and a warthog for control of an […]

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X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse is a catastrophic event for the mutant superhero franchise. The series reached an apex with 2014’s Days of Future Past, which successfully merged two casts from different eras and married long-running themes with historical context. Apocalypse is several tumbles down the other side of the mountain. Both the post-colon villain and his world-ending […]

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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

After Neighbors became a huge hit in 2014, the pitch for a sequel was probably an easy one. “Let’s do the same thing, except instead of a fraternity next door, the young family does battle with…wait for it…a sorority next door.” “Done. Genius!” Thankfully, while Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising adheres to an established formula, it’s […]

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High-Rise

The opening scene of High-Rise reveals that the discord between social classes in the titular housing development turns chaotic, to put it mildly. It’s getting back to that intriguing flash-forward of bloody disorder that proves a chore for director Ben Wheatley and screenwriter Amy Jump in adapting J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel. The setup is a […]