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Captain Marvel

As the tapestry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands further and further, it has become increasingly difficult for individual films to carve out distinctive identities and avoid blending into the overarching narrative and house style of the never-ending mega-franchise. And yet, filmmakers like Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and James Gunn (the Guardians of the Galaxy […]

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Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel takes place in a dystopian future, where the Earth never recovered from a devastating war known as The Fall. Set specifically in a place called Iron City, the story follows a cyborg-scientist/doctor who discovers a deactivated female cyborg in a junkyard. Dr. Dyson Ido, played by Academy award-winning Christoph Waltz, revives the […]

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Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw splatters a satire of the art world across a Tales from the Crypt-style morality lesson. Although not as gruesomely clever or funny as Tales, it gets in some decent barbs amid its behind-the-scenes backstabbing and bloodletting. Writer-director Dan Gilroy (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) reunites with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo of his directorial […]

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Nobody expected The Lego Movie to be anything more than a feature-length toy commercial, so when Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 2014 animated film turned out to be clever, self-aware, sophisticated and fun, it was a triumph of creative effort over low expectations. Five years later, the Lego franchise has become synonymous with that kind […]

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Piercing

An aspiring serial killer meticulously plots his first premeditated murder, making detailed notes and plans for the killing and dismemberment of a prostitute, and yet when his would-be victim shows up at his hotel room door, Piercing turns into … a romantic comedy? That’s the entertainingly perverse premise behind the stylish second feature from The […]

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The Upside

The 2011 French inspirational drama The Intouchables, based loosely on the real-life story of wealthy quadriplegic businessman Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and his caregiver, was an international sensation and remains one of the most successful movies of all time in its native country, so the only surprising thing about the new American remake The Upside […]