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6:45

Screams like old times… The horror film 6:45 uses what had been a fresh story-telling gimmick when Groundhog Day did it, but lately has begun to go a little stale: The time loop. Think Source Code, The Final Girls, Edge of Tomorrow, or Happy Death Day. The template is easy: Oh no, someone’s trying to […]

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Caged

Sometimes the scariest thing of all is nothing. Literally. No person to talk to. No books to read. No changes, no surprises — nothing. Because that’s what solitary confinement is. And that is why it drives people mad. It’s also the story behind Caged, a taut new film that’s part character study, part mystery, part […]

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Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury

For some fans, rock-and-roll replaces religion. For the members of Luxury, it was the other way around. A beloved cult favorite of the early-’90s, the original four musicians — Glenn Black, Chris Foley, and brothers Lee and Jamey Bozeman – fired up fans with driving beats and dreamy lyrics. Then came a car crash. A […]

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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, […]