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Review: Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure

For the past week, I've been down in the swamplands of Georgia hanging out with friends and having a complete blast at an event called HvZ Endwar. Imagine tag with Nerf Blasters, zombies, and tons of music and you'll have a pretty solid ide...

 
 
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Review: The Third Wife

Vietnam is a beautiful, beautiful country. I think if you have no interest in The Third Wife's quiet period drama and struggling women in a male-dominated culture, that beauty is more than enough reason to sit for the film. Were Ash Mayfair...

 
 
 
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Review: Toy Story 4

There's an old adage within Pixar, that the prestigious animated studio wouldn't make sequels unless they had "better stories" than the originals. Ever since Cars 2 followed up a homely and relatable classic with espionage plots and literal...

 
 
 
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Review: Jessica Jones Season 3

During the lead up to the final season of Jessica Jones, I both wanted and didn't want the show to air. With the end of this show, we've officially reached the end of the Marvel/Netflix shows that have been around since 2015 and have given ...

 
 
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Review: Men in Black: International

As a franchise, Men in Black feels like it has justified its continued existence within the sphere of pop culture. Launching hot off the heels of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith was a star, and Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K was the gruff...

 
 
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Review: The Dead Don't Die

Jim Jarmusch has had a long career of making use of dry wit and observation. In the '80s his debut feature Stranger Than Paradise was an indie darling for its deconstructive technique (it broke the line!) and laconic humor. His career since...

 
 
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Review: Shaft

Do you know how refreshing it is to say that there's a new Shaft movie? While I never grew up watching the original Richard Roundtree trilogy of films, or the short-lived miniseries, I always knew just how cool, suave, and badass he wa...

 
 
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Review: Diamantino

It can sometimes be easy to dismiss celebrities as shallow and jaded; the gorgeous model who poses in lavish jewelry for a living, or the actor who shows up with a line to collect millions for a car commercial. Diamantino, the gonzo politic...

 
 
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Review: The Fall of the American Empire

Every now and then I’ll see a movie that I don’t particularly like but I find thought provoking. Every now and then I’ll see a movie I find thought provoking not because of the depth of its ideas but because of the ideas i...

 
 
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Review: The Secret Life of Pets 2

The first The Secret Life of Pets was a big hit, not only because it functioned as a children's movie but because it had lots of fluffy animals that could be turned into toys and then bought by children. You have to keep the momentum g...

 
 
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Review: Dark Phoenix

The storm of production woes and legal hand-overs surrounding Dark Phoenix, the latest and final entry in this cinematic iteration of Marvel's X-Men, has no doubt swayed the public in one way or another. Some of us were calling it quits bef...

 
 
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Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The beginning of The Last Black Man in San Francisco will probably be my favorite opening sequence in a film all year. A young girl with a lollipop—its color an almost otherworldly red—encounters men in hazmat suits by the bay. ...

 
 
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Review: Changeland

“The question you gotta answer is...you wanna fight for it or not?” This is posited within the first five minutes of Seth Green’s Changeland, and it’s one being asked both externally and internally throughout the fil...

 
 
 
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Review: Rocketman

Hey, did you think Bohemian Rhapsody kinda sucked and wasn't authentic about the artist it was trying to portray? Good, this is that done right.

 
 
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Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

In the first minutes of Godzilla: King of the Monsters we're transported back to 2014, to replay events from that year's Godzilla. San Francisco lies in ruins, and we're set on course for the story of this new monster saga. Right off the ba...

 
 
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Review: The Cleaning Lady

Every great horror story has a moral. Whether it's a simple theme like "don't go in the woods," or a slasher-style message of "don't have unprotected sex in the back of your dad's Buick," there's always some point to a scary story. Naturall...

 
 
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Review: Rondo

Rondo is a weird blend of half-intentional and half-probably-not-intentional weirdness, humor, and spectacle. Sometimes actors forget to act and just say their lines. Sometimes they gleefully nosh the scenery like it's made of cotton candy....

 
 
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Review: Free Trip To Egypt

Canadian-born Muslim Tarek Mounib had lived most of his life with a cultural double-identity. One day, he suddenly had the idea to offer any willing participants in the US a free trip to Egypt and to film the experience, aiming to help ...

 
 
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Review: Domino

Throwing a name like Brian De Palma's around can mean one of two things for hopeful audiences of Domino, the latest film from the veteran American maverick. First it could instill thoughts of "Oh joy! The master returns to his craft!" The s...

 
 
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Review: The Perfection

Charlotte (Allison Williams), is a once cello prodigy who had to leave the possibility of fame and fortune behind when her mother fell ill, and she now returns to the school a decade later and meets a new prodigy, Lizzie (Logan Browning) wh...

 
 
 
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Review: Aladdin

Apprehension, noun: anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen. Disney’s original Aladdin is iconic. Robin Williams, in voice only, gave arguably his most memorable (and best) performance ever. Gilbert Gottfried&rsqu...

 
 
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Review: Brightburn

There's an interesting concept behind Brightburn. We take the Superman myth and instead of him being instilled with good morals by two wonderful Kansans he turns out evil instead. There's so much to unpack in that concept. Debates about nat...

 
 
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Review: Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight

When I covered Made in Abyss: Journey's Dawn back in March, I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed afterwards. The movie itself is still pretty good, but I remembered the series being so much better than what Journey's Da...

 
 
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Review: Avengement

Avengement is an objectively dumb title. Yes, it's a correct description of what occurs in the film (dude gets mad vengeance), but it's not a word anyone really uses, and it's bound to make this flick dissolve at least somewhat into the bac...

 
 
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Review: Aniara

Things seem to go awfully wrong in space, don't they? You could argue that without a problem, something going wrong, we don't usually have much of a movie to watch. But still, how often do characters go "Yeah let's do this space thing" and ...

 
 
 
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Review: All is True

The year is 1613. The Globe Theatre, the embodiment of Shakespeare’s life work, has just burned to the ground, and the heartbroken writer has abandoned his work altogether, returning to his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Just prio...

 
 
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Review: A Dog's Journey

Four dead dogs.  Over the course of an hour and a half, there are four on screen dog deaths. One dies from injection, one gets in a car accident, one dies in its sleep, and the last just wanders off into the woods, fully aware that he'...

 
 
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Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

When John Wick was first announced it wasn't that clear that the franchise would be anything special. After all, Keanu Reeves had made plenty of action films before that of varying quality, and elderly action hero coming back for reven...

 
 
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Review: Perfect

Perfect lets you know what you're in for from its opening shot: A pulsing abstract image with a heavy seizure warning shifts in shape and gains clarity and texture as a ponderous voice recites Bachelor's Degree philosophy about life and lov...

 
 
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Review: Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard is dreamlike moreso than most movies that attempt this distinction. Its journey of a music conductor into the mouth of madness works in symbol and metaphor with gleeful breaks in logic. Moments and places only mesh in that our...

 
 
 
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Review: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

I'll be honest, I have no faith when it comes to adaptations and spin-offs of established media. So walking into Pokemon Detective Pikachu for review, I was ready for cliches, tropes, and lazy slapdash world building. I can't believe how mu...

 
 
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Review: The Hustle

My recommendation for seeing The Hustle? Just rent the original, which is a remake itself. The Hustle, despite its name change and gender swapping, is often a shot-for-shot remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I thought it was strange that th...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: A Day in the Life of America

Out of all of the movies I planned on covering for the Tribeca Film Festival, A Day in the Life of America was by far one of the most ambitious films that could have gone completely haywire. This documentary has a striking premise: cam...

 
 
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Review: Redcon-1

The premise for Redcon-1 is solid: A super soldier serum meant to mutate ordinary fighters into killing machines is carried by an escaped prisoner into the general population. It spreads as a zombie virus and gives any infected with previou...

 
 




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The Third Wife"Fate has the upper hand."

 

Toy Story 4"An existential nightmare (for kids!)"

 

Jessica Jones Season 3"What is your truth?"

 

Men in Black: "Oh, they have crap overseas too!"

 

The Dead Don't Die"Shambling wreck or full of brains?"

 

Shaft"Shut cho mouth!"

 

Diamantino"Ignorance is bliss"

 

The Fall of the American Empire"Big ideas, bad ideas, muddled ideas"

 

The Secret Life of Pets 2"A move with the attention spa... SQUIRREL!"

 

Dark Phoenix"Rising from ashes or better off soot?"

 

The Last Black Man in San Francisco"An ode to a home slipping out of grasp"

 

Changeland"Seth Green goes to Thailand"

 

Rocketman"I'm still standing"

 

Godzilla: King of the Monsters"Call me when they add Jet Jaguar"

 

The Cleaning Lady"Expect the expected"

 

Rondo"A little blood never hurts"

 

Free Trip To Egypt"Not a ploy to sell you into sex slavery"

 

Domino"Line 'em up"

 

The Perfection"A blood and vomit duet"

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 Episode 3 - "Fear and Loathing..."A weird space comedy you didn't know you wanted"

 

Aladdin"Touch nothing but the lamp!"

 
 
 
 
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