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Rampage

There are two givens in Hollywood. The first is that any movie based on a video game is going to stink. Even with a hit like Ready Player One proving the material can make for a fascinating fantasy adventure, something purely based on your favorite console title (Hitman, Resident Evil, Doom) is destined to fail. […]

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A Quiet Place

There is nothing quite as satisfying as a sound cinematic strategy executed with skill and plenty of style. No matter how rote the material, no matter how basic it all really is, there is an aesthetic exhilaration watching an opportunity seized, not wasted. We’ve seen dozens of films about the end of the world, the […]

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Isle of Dogs

Wes Anderson is the novelist of filmmaking. That may sound like an oxymoron, but hear us out. Unlike a standard mainstream movie, which telegraphs each emotion and announces story beats sometimes trailers in advance, the man behind such critical hits as The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums buries his business in the details. […]

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The Post

Long before politicians started plotting against the First Amendment, arguing that their deeds are/were being misrepresented by a nasty “fake” news media with an antagonist agenda, we relied on the Fourth Estate to keep us safe. From corruption. From collusion. From crazy conspiratorial plots and criminal activity. The ’70s became the dawn of the investigative […]

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Considering its place among the first post-Jurassic Park CG blockbusters, the Robin Williams’ vehicle Jumanji still seems like a strange film to require a sequel. Since the original film dealt with a mysterious board game, a lost boy who came back, bringing a herd of computer generated wildlife with him, you’d assume the concept was […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Few remember back when George Lucas actually considered Star Wars a “director’s franchise.” Before going with names like Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand–not exactly household names–and returning behind the camera to take on those prequels, the guide behind that galaxy far, far away actually considered names like David Lynch, Stephen Spielberg, and David Fincher to […]

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Ferdinand

When the story was first tackled way back in 1938, it won an Academy Award. It was two years after the source material was initially published, and helped a fledgling animated filmmaker named Walt Disney cement his legacy as the future of his genre. Fast forward eight decades as we are being treated to the […]

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I, Tonya

Looking out over today’s scandal every millisecond landscape, it’s hard to imagine a time, more than 20 years ago, where one story continuously dominated the news. But before OJ, before Bill Clinton and the Menendez Brothers, there was a little white trash ice skater who suddenly found herself surrounded by media as a bizarre conspiracy […]

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Wonder

Don’t be fooled by the publicity–Wonder is not that kind of movie. What are we talking about? You know–the kind of feel good flick, the one where a fragile outsider child overcomes adversity while we all learn life lessons about tolerance and kindness in the most manipulative, mawkish way possible? Well, Wonder is not that. […]