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Review: Little Italy

As a lifelong Jersey boy, I have immense pride in my Italian-American heritage. Sure everyone thinks that we're all mobsters who only wear tracksuits and love our mothers to an almost Oedipal level, but there's something so great about t...

 
 
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Review: Mermaid's Song

I will be very honest and say I only decided to review Mermaid's Song because it meant I could see it for free. I had no prior knowledge of this movie before Tuesday, but you never turn down free. Unfortunately, I forgot there tru...

 
 
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Review: Assassination Nation

I'm not going to lie about Assassination Nation. The content in this movie is, frankly, uncomfortable to sit through. The movie begins by showing trigger warnings of all of the horrible things that happen over the course movie and tell...

 
 
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Review: The House with the Clock in Its Walls

You know what a lot of kids movies lack these days (I ask while waving my cane in the air at a cloud)? Charm. There's some amazing stuff going on for sure, but that certain "charming" characteristic is often missing. Maybe it's because chil...

 
 
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Review: Iron Fist (Season 2)

I have never made my disdain for Iron Fist more evident and apparent. Identity politics aside, the first season depicted what I believed to be a whiny white rich boy going on temper tantrums, in an aimless tele...

 
 
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Review: The Children Act

There are two types of people in this world: those who read Ian McEwan, and those who do not. The first camp of people also enjoy the films of Douglas Sirk and gazing out of windows when it’s raining to think about life. The second ...

 
 
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Review: Slice

From the opening animated sequence of ghoulish color and synth rhythm to the closing pizza commercial, Slice wears its 80's inspirations emblazoned on the back of its red delivery jacket. It's self-aware and unafraid to be ridiculous, and b...

 
 
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Review: White Boy Rick

What’s shocking about White Boy Rick is not the lower-middle class family drama of 1980s eastside Detroit; it’s not the violence (relatively mild for a drug film); it’s not the depiction of a young girl becoming ...

 
 
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Review: The Predator

I came into The Predator with no real reverence for the series—I had seen the original film a long time ago, caught Predators on cable television once, and all I know about Predator 2 is that Gary Busey i...

 
 
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Review: Mandy

With a trailer that promised surreal, neon-lit landscapes as a backdrop to an unhinged spree of violent revenge, I marked Mandy as the one movie I needed to experience no matter what this year. I had seen Beyond the Black Rainbow almost a d...

 
 
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Review: Peppermint

Peppermint looked so good on paper. The director of Taken returning to the revenge genre with Jennifer Garner doing her best Linda Hamilton and telling a bad guy she was going to shoot him in the face? That screams like somet...

 
 
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Review: The Dawnseeker

The worst kind of low-budget genre film is the type that fails to try anything new, that lacks any sort of creative hook or artistic flair. In an age where the cheapest of streaming services overflow with high-quality work, being nothing mo...

 
 
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Review: Let the Corpses Tan

From its eye-catching classic poster, to its high-noon soundtrack and a sweeping vista, Let the Corpses Tan gives the impression of a modern twist to the spaghetti western. Though this French interpretation of an Italian interpretation of a...

 
 
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Review: Apocalypse Rising

Apocalypse Rising is such a banal, generic title. It’s a word combination that filters straight to the back of your mind. It sounds so tedious and lackluster that you would wonder why anyone made it and if anyone would be dumb enough ...

 
 
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Review: Arizona

From 2007 through 2009, the United States was in a financial crisis created in large part to the housing bubble that burst like a bad appendix. After a strong peak, housing prices dropped dramatically, leading to unpaid mortgages and eventu...

 
 
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Review: Preacher Season 3

Preacher has always been a show where the quality varies wildly from season to season. Season 1 was overall very good but felt like it was trying too hard to distinguish itself from its source material, which caused the characters to s...

 
 
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Review: Orange is the New Black - Season Six

For the past few years, I’ve grown tired of how Netflix has been conducting its shows. While it is nice to have an entire season available at once, the writing that goes into Netflix’s original series tends to be so sloppy that ...

 
 
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Review: The Last Sharknado: It's About Time

Back in 2013, my family and I sat down to watch a movie that all of my friends were going nuts over online, calling it one of the dumbest movies of all time. It became a media sensation on Twitter, had multiple showings on the Syfy Channel,...

 
 
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Review: The Happytime Murders

The term gimmick has a negative connotation, but it doesn't have to. Gimmicks can work. When a gimmick is implemented appropriately it turns into creativity and fresh ideas. The key to making a gimmick work, I would argue, is it can...

 
 
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Review: A Whale of a Tale

If I didn't have a strong view of whales before, I do now. A Whale of a Tale is a documentary feature representing the controversy surrounding Japanese whaling traditions in the small, rural town of Taiji, and it gave me a lot of confl...

 
 
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Review: Billionaire Boys Club

Rarely do I get excited about a film because of the people in it, especially one's "Based on a True Story" I've never heard of. One reason I go to the movies is to forget these people are actors and get engrossed by their performances. But ...

 
 
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Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Much of the talk surrounding the film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians is the need for Asian representation in Hollywood—while I'm with it all the way, it isn't what attracted me to the movie. See, people seem to forget that being Asia...

 
 
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Review: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

The Puppet Master series has been consistently running for almost 30 years. With The Littlest Reich, there are now 12 films to the slasher franchise. And with that many sequels comes a precipitous drop in quality and budget down to one film...

 
 
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Review: Slender Man

Slender Man hasn't been relevant in internet culture for years. Remember how back in 2012 Slender Man was all of the rage? Youtubers were going nuts over Slender: The Eight Pages, there were a bunch of fan games, an...

 
 
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Review: BlacKkKlansman

Before this review gets serious, can we take a moment to appreciate the presence of the Inside Man thematic overture? So appropriate given the plot device and that Spike Lee directed the awesome 2006 heist film starring Denze...

 
 
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Review: The Meg

What makes a good bad movie? It's a question I've been pondering over the years as I sit through more and more bad bad movies trying to be good bad movies. Take Skyscraper as a recent example. It's a bad movie, but it's not a good...

 
 
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Review: We The Animals

We The Animals is a simple, poetic story about boyhood, and like Moonlight it follows a young character at a pivotal time in his life. In a turbulent home life, brothers Jonah, Manny, and Joel navigate growing up and realizing their ...

 
 
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Review: Christopher Robin

Winnie-the-Pooh is a character that I was afraid to admit I liked. I'm not ashamed to say that I love to watch Disney movies, but Winnie-the-Pooh always had an air with it that it was for babies. It seemed too childish for me for a long tim...

 
 
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Review: Rock Rubber 45s

“Entrepreneur” only begins to describe the life and career of Robert “Bobbito” Garcia. At 50 years old, he’s experienced stints at jobs that people strive for most of their working lives. His life and work ex...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Five Fingers for Marseilles

Five self-appointed protectors watch over the railroad town of Marseilles. They ride through rolling parries, the rock faces of mountains filling the background. The iconography of the American western is alive and well through the South Af...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Tigers Are Not Afraid

A mythic force is spiriting people away in a rundown Mexican town, leaving droves of abandoned children to cluster together and wander the streets themselves. This force is responsible for the disappearance of 10-year-old Estrella's (Paola ...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Tokyo Vampire Hotel

Tokyo Vampire Hotel has a scene in which a legless Geisha vampire who feeds people to the hotel through her vagina laughs maniacally as a fountain of blood streams from an open wound into her mouth and heavy metal music pulses and pounds in...

 
 
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Review: Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

What I'm about to say may seem hypocritical. About two months ago, I came to the defence of modern cartoons not just because of their maligned against animation, but also because they're for a different generation. I, a 23-year-ol...

 
 
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Review: Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt is a paranoid, insane, and unruly daredevil. Ethan Hunt is also a guardian angel who will save everyone. These are the two ideas that the latest installment of the venerable Mission: Impossible action serie...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Rokuroku: The Promise of the Witch

Let's get this out of the way right now: If you're a little girl alone in a creepy hotel at night, whatever you do, don't enter room 666. Age shouldn't even matter. Just don't do it. Parents need to teach their children some common sense. I...

 
 
 
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Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The original Mamma Mia, based off the theatrical musical of the same name, was an absolute blast. Cram packed full of stars, fantastic numbers, clever direction, and clever winks at the genre the movie worked just as well as the musical did...

 
 
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Review: Equalizer 2

There’s a scene in Sony’s The Equalizer 2, the follow-up to 2014’s rather enjoyable original, wherein Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall breaks into a drug den, beats the holy hell out a few guys and pushes his w...

 
 
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Review: Unfriended: Dark Web

(This review was originally published as part of Flixist SXSW 2018 coverage.) Blumhouse is on a roll right now. They're making some of the biggest hits in horror, and, of course just pulled in an Academy Award nomination for Get Out.&n...

 
 
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Review: Generation Wealth

I watch maybe one documentary a year. Most often the only ones that grip me are explorations of extreme people. Films like Finders Keepers and Shut up Little Man are standouts, showing just how strange and repulsive human behavior can be. T...

 
 




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Little Italy"As good as deep dish pizza"

 

Mermaid's Song"I think you mean Siren"

 

Assassination Nation"This is a genuine trigger warning"

 

The House with the Clock in Its Walls"The man who directed Hostel does a kids movie"

 

Iron Fist (Season 2)"A bounce back from laughably embarrassing to more-than-okay"

 

The Children Act"Fantastic courtroom drama - shame about the script"

 

Slice"Hot and Ready"

 

White Boy Rick"Brought to you by the city of Detroit"

 

The Predator"One ugly mother... you know the rest"

 

Mandy"Crazy good"

 

Peppermint"Revenge is a dish best served in another movie"

 

The Dawnseeker"Yawnstinker"

 

Let the Corpses Tan"Hang 'em, but not too high"

 

Apocalypse Rising"The baby Jesus has a zombie army"

 

Arizona"One event's insane chain reaction"

 

Preacher Season 3"Welcome home Jesse"

 

Orange is the New Black - Season Six"Taystee deserves better"

 

The Last Sharknado: It's About Time"There are six of these???"

 

The Happytime Murders"Puppets doing adult things, guys. So funny, guys. Guys?"

 

A Whale of a Tale"A Japanese controversy and a whole lotta whales"

 

Billionaire Boys Club"Real pretty boys do some real bad things"

 

Crazy Rich Asians"The romantic comedy that hot Asians deserved"

 

Slender Man"He's just standing there... MENACINGLY"

 

BlacKkKlansman"Spike Lee's best"

 
 
 
 
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