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Jigsaw

Sometimes, the best cinematic advice is to leave well enough alone. Sure, some can make a go of revamping previous classics, but for the most part, when you want to revive a flagging franchise, you better be careful less you anger the original fanbase and underwhelm the current crop of potential devotees. Take James Wan […]

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Suburbicon

It’s seems like a cinematic no-brainer. George Clooney, directing a script by his buddies in off-kilter crime, Joel and Ethan Coen, and featuring Matt Damon as a ’50s father dealing with the dark underbelly of white flight. It should be boffo. After all, Clooney and the Coens made O Brother Where Art Thou?, a collaboration […]

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Geostorm

Let’s face it. Ever since Irwin Allen passed from this mortal coil and took his terrifically tacky disaster films with him (The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno), the only person capable of capturing his campy kitsch craziness in the wake of an Armageddon is Roland Emmerich. From Independence Day and the brilliant 2012, no one […]

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Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

It’s time to stop raking Tyler Perry and his urban melodramatics over the critic coals. Granted, he’s not a terrific filmmaker and his plotting can best be described as plain and potboiler, but you cannot deny that the man knows his audience and knows how to entertain them. He’s a populist, playing to the crowd, […]

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The Snowman

A serial killer drama set in a snowy, scary Scandinavian outback, directed by the man who made the brilliant vampire reimagining, Let the Right One In. A cast which includes an Oscar nom (Michael Fassbender), a winner (J.K. Simmons), and stellar supporting players like Val Kilmer, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Toby Jones. So why then does […]

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The Mountain Between Us

If books (and adaptations) like Alive have taught us anything, it’s that plane crash victims, especially ones trapped in the snow covered mountains of remote regions, will resort to extremes beyond personal human endurance just to merely survive (cough, cough–cannibalism–cough, cough). The new film from Hany Abu-Assad (Omar, The Idol), The Mountain Between Us, doesn’t […]

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Matthew Vaughn clearly missed his calling. His style would have perfectly meshed with the insane Looney Tunes from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Put another way, if Fritz Freleng had dropped the pen and ink to make a live action James Bond film, the results would be something akin to Kingsman: The Golden Circle. If Michael […]

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

If eye candy were actually fattening, Luc Besson’s latest effort, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, would make every viewer morbidly obese. There has never been such a mind-blowing mediocrity. You’ve heard about style over substance? How about pure vision over anything remotely close to logical. There hasn’t been a movie this obsessed […]