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Review: Glass

I have one line from Unbreakable in my head after viewing Glass. David Dunn (Bruce Willis) has accepted his status as a superhuman being and calls Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), asking him what he's supposed to do. "It's all right to be ...

 
 
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Review: Dragon Ball Super: Broly

I don't think I'm being hyperbolic when I say that Dragon Ball Z is one of the most important anime to ever exist. For many, Dragon Ball Z was how we became diehard anime fans in the first place. I remember watching Toonami as a kid and bei...

 
 
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Review: On the Basis of Sex

Biopics have come a long way in the last 20 years. What used to be extreme dramatizations of a person’s life have given way to more thoughtful looks at the humanity behind powerful figures. At our very core we are all humans and while...

 
 
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Review: Time Freak

If you love romantic comedies and sci-fi then you will enjoy Time Freak. When I first saw the trailer, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. At first glance, it looks like another version of 50 First Dates but with the ...

 
 
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Review: Capernaum

Capernaum made me think that we’re so privileged in the West: there are so many cultures in the world that haven’t had the safety and security -- on a national, local and personal level -- that many of us have experienced. ...

 
 
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Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

It's an incredibly sad reality to accept that racism is still prevalent in 2019. While we've come a long way from the 20th century and things like the "3/5ths Compromise" or "Jim Crow Laws," this nation still treats minorities with prejudic...

 
 
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Review: Buffalo Boys

International movies have the unique ability to share with us stories that we may not know about in easily consumable bites. It's not that every single movie ever released has to tell the story of a nation or peoples past, God knows we don'...

 
 
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Review: The Upside

As the years go on I'm actually starting to appreciate January more. Every movie gets a bit of a break during January because of lowered expectations and a universal need to stop watching depressing dramas and overblown action movies. There...

 
 
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Review: A Dog's Way Home

Greetings, humans. I am Lacey. I am the pupper of Jesse. I am here to tell you all of the new doggo movie, A Dog's Way Home. Why is Jesse not telling you of this new movie? Because my human is sleepy. He came back from the movie theater lat...

 
 
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Review: The Punisher (Season 2)

Frank Castle has a dilemma that he will not admit to. For the first few episodes of The Punisher season 2, the character, as played by Jon Bernthal, is trying to move past his Punisher lifestyle and find new enjoyment in life, but as he fin...

 
 
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Review: Wayne (Season 1)

[Note: This review is for the first half of Wayne, Season 1, all that was made available to us prior to the series debut.] Tell me if you’ve seen this movie before: a loner hero type with a moral compass that’s written in s...

 
 
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Review: Bird Box

One of the scariest, most anticipatory parts of a thriller (or horror) movie is what the evil itself looks like. Signs left the imagination running wild until M. Night Shyamalan made the extraterrestrial visitors visible late in the film. J...

 
 
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Review: Lifechanger

Robert is dying of some rot he doesn't understand. All he knows is that in order to ensure his survival he has to touch people and steal their skin, their voices, their memories, and everything that makes them who they are. Lifechanger begi...

 
 
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Review: Stan & Ollie

For some reason, I grew up watching a good amount of Laurel and Hardie comedies. Now, this wasn't as pervasive as Abbott and Castello, but I knew my classic vaudeville double acts pretty well as a young lad. That's probably not true for mos...

 
 
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Review: Holmes & Watson

There’s a scene in Holmes & Watson where Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are getting in disguise. Sherlock puts on a fake mustache and is instantly unrecognizable to anyone else in the film. Then, Sherlock ...

 
 
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Review: Vice

I always find it amusing when people criticize actors and Hollywood in general for talking about politics and when people say that actors should stay out of politics because their job is to entertain audiences, not preach to them about poli...

 
 
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Review: Mary Queen of Scots

As unpleasant as it may be for some people, think back to when you were in high school. Specifically, remember when you were in your high school history class. Remember those days when your history teacher told you that the class was going ...

 
 
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Review: Aquaman

At some point a few years ago, there must have been an urgent corporate meeting at Warner Bros. Pictures about Aquaman. The subject of the meeting: "how do we make Aquaman not lame?" In the laundry list of ridiculous suggestions, I imagine ...

 
 
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Review: Welcome to Marwen

Robert Zemeckis is a storied director with a wonderful reputation for enjoyable and uplifting movies that also contain in them a deeper more personal tale of overcoming adversity. Forest Gump is one of my favorite movies because of its fant...

 
 
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Review: Bumblebee

Michael Bay lost it somewhere along the way. Sure, he was always grandiose and absurd, but his action held together and his movies were fun. Look back at any of his classics and they are still exactly that. At one point, he was a good actio...

 
 
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Review: South Park - Season 22

I can't think of many other shows on television that have remained relevant after 10 seasons. There is almost always a dip in quality with regards to writing either because the original showrunners have left or networks start to influence t...

 
 
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Review: Mortal Engines

Post-apocalyptic films have enjoyed a long run, and apparently, that’s not changing anytime soon. We humans are concerned about the future; what’s it going to be like? Will cars fly? Will my Nike’s self-lace? Will people b...

 
 
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Review: Roma

Thinking about the opening shot of Roma brings tears to my eyes. The centerpiece film at the 2018 New York Film Festival is a masterful display of Alfonso Cuaron’s craft, and how the magic of filmmaking can situate the mind in a speci...

 
 
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Review: Runaways (Season 2)

While the familiar page-turning Marvel logo may grace the beginning of every Runaways episode, this Hulu original barely resembles any of the other properties of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the show supposedly inhabits. As the charac...

 
 
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Review: Mary Poppins Returns

We're in an era of sequels and remakes, and with 2018 being the biggest box office year in the history of cinema we're going to be getting plenty more. If a studio can bring something old and beloved back they're probably going to do it. It...

 
 
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Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The story of Spider-Man has been told a number of times through different mediums, but animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse may be the first Spidey movie to admit it. Not only does this movie own that fact, but it makes this the ...

 
 
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Review: Backtrace

I woke up at 11:30 a.m. this morning to my phone alarm, before setting it to snooze and drifting back to sleep for another half-hour. Just after noon, I crawled like caterpillar out of bed, my feet hitting the cold floors of my apartment. M...

 
 
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Review: Mowgli

When it was announced years ago that Andy Serkis (yes, that Andy Serkis) would be making a film based off of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book it looked like we'd get two major blockbusters going head to head as Disney had their v...

 
 
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Review: Anna and the Apocalypse

I don't think I will ever be able to explain how Anna and the Apocalypse exists. Someone had to have woken up one day and decided "Gee, you know what the world needs? A musical about the zombie apocalypse set during Christmas!" Just by...

 
 
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Review: The Favourite

Recently, I was listening to Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, talk about the kinds of stories out there in the world. He said there are only four: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the quest for ...

 
 
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Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet

There probably isn't a more recognizable movie formula than the one in Disney animated films. They take familiar stories, myths, and general concepts, create a light-hearted story with some basic virtues and life lessons, and probably throw...

 
 
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Review: Creed II

Rocky is not only one of the greatest sports movies ever, it is one of the greatest films ever. It was a dramatic, gritty, and surprisingly grounded film that redefined the genre, established now common tropes, and basically created th...

 
 
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Review: Robin Hood

Thanks to being in the realm of public domain, the Robin Hood story has quite the storied history in movies. Robin Hood was the first WB film to use technicolour. It got the Disney treatment. Russell Crowe, doing as he always does, worked h...

 
 
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Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald

So let’s talk about alchemy, the magical art of turning one thing into another, or usually, crap into gold (alchemy, after all, plays a small role in the film). For Potter fanboys, this is (in many respects) another welcome view into ...

 
 
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Review: Instant Family

I honestly got stuck with Instantly Family to review. Sometimes as EIC you gotta take a bullet for the team and let someone else review the big Harry Potter film (review coming later) or whatever. I was all set to take t...

 
 
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Review: Widows

A fusion of stark brutality, underhand crimes and complex systems of political and personal power, Widows is far more just than an awards-season thriller, but a sharp and forceful indictment of corruption on every level of society. I...

 
 
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Review: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - Season 13

After a decade of airing, it takes a very special combination of acting, writing and comedic timing to keep a sitcom going. For most of these shows, there seems to be a specific season you can point to where the quality went on a downward t...

 
 
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Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Coinciding with the centenary of the Great War, I think it’s safe to say that this documentary is a once in a lifetime achievement, and Peter Jackson does not disappoint. The result of hundreds of hours of research in conjunction wi...

 
 
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Review: The Long Dumb Road

I've always loved the road trip genre of film, it's such a nice metaphor for character growth and there are usually some very scenic second unit shots that fulfill my wanderlust. There is comfort in these films as they usually all follow th...

 
 
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Review: Overlord

For the longest time, I didn't think that Overlord would release. Not because it was in production hell or anything like that, but because it was a part of J. J. Abrams Cloverfield universe and those movies can be announ...

 
 




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Glass"Half-empty"

 

Dragon Ball Super: Broly"Jiren, eat your heart out"

 

On the Basis of Sex"A blast from the past"

 

Time Freak"When at first you mess up at love, build a time machine"

 

Capernaum"An imperfect but affecting piece of realist filmmaking"

 

If Beale Street Could Talk"Trust love all the way"

 

Buffalo Boys"Shouldn't work as well as it does"

 

The Upside"Spread the schmaltz on thick"

 

A Dog's Way Home"It's January"

 

The Punisher (Season 2)"Jon Bernthal yells a lot"

 

Wayne (Season 1)"YouTube has original hit on their hands"

 

Bird Box"Come see the light"

 

Lifechanger"Skin on skin"

 

Stan & Ollie"No drama"

 

Holmes & Watson"Doesn't have a clue"

 

Vice"Spend some quality time with Dick"

 

Mary Queen of Scots"Hope everyone did their homework!"

 

Aquaman""ALRIGHT!""

 

Welcome to Marwen"Home of disjointed narratives"

 

Bumblebee"So 80s. So Awesome."

 

Mortal Engines"London calling to the faraway towns"

 

Roma"Alfonso Cuaron has made one of the best movies of the decade"

 

Runaways (Season 2)"Teenagers (and parents) with attitude "

 

Mary Poppins Returns"It's a jolly holiday with Mary"

 
 
 
 
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