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Review: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 5)

Finales are hard. Some finales are able to meet the heavy burden of fan expectation like Breaking Bad's sensational finale that still gives me chills to this day, delivering exactly what fans wanted while crafting an ending that feels justi...

 
 
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Review: Blood Quantum

There are those who proclaim that horror should stick to scaring you instead of trying to be something more, especially in recent years as the slasher has given way to more cerebral and nuanced fare. However, horror has always been rooted i...

 
 
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Review: Capone

There's a point near the end of Josh Trank's Capone where a young FBI agent pleads with his superior to okay an interview with the aging, senile Chicago mobster of the film's namesake. The senior agent dismisses Capone (Tom Hardy)...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Asia

There's nothing quite like watching a movie about dying teenagers, is there? From The Fault In Our Stars to Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, movies about terminal illnesses in adolescents might not be as common as you may think, but they almos...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Banksy Most Wanted

While I was living in the UK in 2015, there was one place that my friends and I always wanted to go: Dismaland. The theme park was billed as being one of the most depressing places on Earth, a den of misery and depression that took several ...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: 12 Hour Shift

Is the world of organ trafficking ripe for cinematic exploration? I ask because it seems that there's at least one movie a year that crops up on the independent scene that wants to tackle this topic and it's never as clean as it could be. I...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Ainu Mosir

Have you ever felt like an outsider within your own community? While I'm sure that many people may have experienced this isolation in one form or another (whether it be from personal opinions to political differences), it's an entirely diff...

 
 
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Review: The Willoughbys

I have a confession to make. For years, I've always thought lesser of straight to Netflix movies. It's completely irrational, I know, but where most major releases had premieres in theaters and could be measured with metrics like box office...

 
 
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Review: Extraction

There are no slow motion walks away from explosions. There are no men in spandex. There are no massive movie stars projected onto screens the size of buildings. There are no brutal fight sequences. There are no action movies. COVID-19 has s...

 
 
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Review: The Midnight Gospel

I'm no stranger to strangeness, but when I say that The Midnight Gospel is a bizarre piece of work, I mean it. Trying to describe exactly what The Midnight Gospel is isn't an easy task.  One third of it feels like an animation experime...

 
 
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Review: Agent Toby Barks

It was only a matter of time before I had to cover something like Agent Toby Barks. I'm the resident dog movie reviewer on site, so of course when this movie came across my desk it was not a question of if I'll review it, but if I'll do it ...

 
 
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Review: For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close

In the pantheon of comic geniuses, it may take some digging until you find the name Del Close. You will, however, find a staggering amount of successful comedians who studied improv under Close’s tutelage that include the likes of Bil...

 
 
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Review: Trolls World Tour

Trolls is probably the first full film my son, who is now five, ever sat through. I have since watched it more times than I'd like to admit. No, that's a lie. I'll happily admit I've watched Trolls a ton of times. The original movie was fun...

 
 
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Review: Tigertail

There's a sense of catharsis that only a story about memory can bring. Being invited into the most-intimate part of a person's existence, hand-held through moments of joy and sadness known only to our subject. Tigertail is one such story, i...

 
 
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Review: Butt Boy

About once every year or so, a movie comes along that makes me fee like I can't breathe or like I might explode if I don't see it. It's an idea so strange and wonderful, and that resonates with me so perfectly, that it lives in my head like...

 
 
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Review: We Summon the Darkness

Alexis (Alexandra Daddario), Val (Maddie Hasson), and Bev (Amy Forsyth) are a trio of punk-clad chicks on their way to a heavy metal concert to cut loose and enjoy the thrashing riffs of Soldiers of Satan. As they banter and detour on their...

 
 
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Review: Why Don't You Just Die!

So many films across the gamut of grindhouse wannabes focus all their energy on pulpy dialogue, frantic editing, and western pastiche. They throw every editing convention and digital trick they have at trying to evoke the feeling of a Taran...

 
 
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Review: Coffee & Kareem

Three and a half weeks into my own personal coronavirus quarantine, with theaters shuttered and tentpole box office debuts being pushed a year or more into the future, including ripple effects forcing major Marvel releases into 2022, things...

 
 
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Review: Tiger King

It's easy to make jokes about exotic animal owner Joe Exotic. The memes have reached the surfaces of pop culture in record time, in large part due to the general public quarantining and social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 pan...

 
 
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Review: Slay the Dragon

I cast a level 3 chill out spell to cool the nerd jets. Hear me, brethren, Slay the Dragon is not that sort of film. It has very little to do with dragons, and nothing to do with slaying. To be clear, not a single soul is slain through...

 
 
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Review: The Platform

With the world currently dealing with a pandemic on a scale that hasn't been seen in over 100 years, it's not really surprising that a film like The Platform became massively popular. This is a movie that directly deals with class struggles...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Critical Thinking

Telling the true story of the 1998 Miami Jackson High School chess team who used their skills to compete in the state championships, Critical Thinking -- starring and directed by John Leguizamo -- is a compelling biopic-sports-movie looking...

 
 
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Review: Bloodshot

I have a soft spot in my heart for budget Vin Diesel action movies. Yes, The Fast and Furious is a billion-dollar empire but Diesel dramatically gruffs his way through other franchises as well. There's a certain magic to it all: sometimes...

 
 
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Review: Altered Carbon: Resleeved

Netflix has shown commitment to their adaptation of Altered Carbon, the sci-fi series of books by Richard K Morgan. Chronicling the interstellar exploits of special operator and brooding-type Takeshi Kovacs, two seasons of Altered Carbon ar...

 
 
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SXSW Review: Drunk Bus

Stuck in an endless loop of driving the late-night ‘drunk bus’ for college students, directionless graduate Michael is forced to confront his apathy when a heavily tattooed Samoan named Pineapple joins him on the late shift.&nbs...

 
 
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Review: The Hunt

Rich people do a lot. Money opens many doors. They get away with a lot too. I get that. Ever had to fight a traffic ticket? Notice the line of lawyers at the bar who always get to deal with the judge first. They don't even wait in line to g...

 
 
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Review: Never Rarely Sometimes Always

As a nation, America has come a long way in the past 100 years. Things aren't perfect, but policies and laws have enabled minorities and women the ability to be treated as individuals against their fellow man. Some fight back against these ...

 
 
 
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Review: Castlevania (Season 3)

I don't think I'm stepping out of bounds when I say that Castlevania, despite its flaws, is probably my favorite adaptation of any video game franchise in film or television. Sonic had a pretty fine debut and I will always have a soft ...

 
 
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Review: The Booksellers

Antiquarian books. It gets the blood boiling, that phrase. Now add some ‘rare’ to the equation. Molten magma. Is this the thought that got director D.W. Young invested in creating a film about booksellers—the women and men...

 
 
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Review: The Wild Goose Lake

The Wild Goose Lake is the kind of movie you’re probably going to know you’ll enjoy before we even see the first shot. Titles playing over black, a prominent, sleek score crashes in. Then, when we catch our first glimpse of Diao...

 
 
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Review: The Way Back

There's something that intrinsically hooks into humans about sports. We get invested. Some of may not care bout sports in general but you put Rudy or Remember the Titans on and we're all fans. What I'm saying is there's a baseline for ...

 
 
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Review: The Dark Red

Sybil Warren (April Billingsley) is a young woman with issues. She's a schizophrenic in a mental ward trying to explain to a no-nonsense doctor that she actually can read minds, and her baby was kidnapped by a cult so they could steal its s...

 
 
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Review: The Invisible Man

Remember Universal's Dark Universe? Remember how it was supposed to take classic Universal monster movies and adapt them into a modern cinematic universe featuring major celebrities like Tom Cruise, Javier Bardem, and Russell Crowe just to ...

 
 
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Review: Burden

Love is an exceptionally powerful emotion. While hard to explain in rational terms, the feeling of warmth and acceptance one gets when madly in love can cause men to move mountains. Never underestimate the lengths people will go to defend t...

 
 
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Review: Disappearance at Clifton Hill

Plenty of indie films aim to be something Lynchian--a mix often combining surreal horror, melodrama, noir, and dashes of absurd comedy--by striking an odd mood or by adding splashes of the unexplainable to their own works. Often these attem...

 
 
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Review: Norm of the North: Family Vacation

It's been a long time since we last checked in on our abominable buddy Norm the polar bear and while I'm sure you all were waiting with bated breath, that wait is finally over. The franchise that just won't die comes back yet again with ano...

 
 
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Review: Verotika

Making a film so terrible that it somehow twists around on itself to become a work of art often takes an outsider's total lack of skill, inability to direct actors, and brazenly bizarre decisions in the editing room and morphs them into a w...

 
 
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Review: Blood on Her Name

Blood on Her Name is a film of backroads, barns, trailers, and barrooms. It's dark, grimy, and bruised from the offset. The world it inhabits is depressed and desperate, the kind of world where everyone is a victim of their own circumstance...

 
 
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Review: Dragon Quest: Your Story

Picture this; it's a Sunday afternoon. You're in between video games, you have nothing better to do, so you decide to dust off your Netflix account to see what's new. I hardly use Netflix anymore, really only cracking it open for She-Ra, Ca...

 
 




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Blood Quantum"Blood, gore, zombies... social commentary"

 

Capone"The Fonz freaks out"

 

Tribeca Asia"Boring me to death"

 

Tribeca Banksy Most Wanted"The real invisible man"

 

Tribeca 12 Hour Shift"A real night shift from hell"

 

Tribeca Ainu Mosir"Kuma killer"

 

The Willoughbys"Of mustaches and murder"

 

Extraction"It's all we got"

 

The Midnight Gospel"Duuuuuuuuuuuude"

 

Agent Toby Barks"That's the ticket"

 

For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close"A look behind the comedy curtain"

 

Trolls World Tour"Sing it again, Sam... but not as good"

 

Tigertail"A stroll down memory lane"

 

Butt Boy"Solid"

 

We Summon the Darkness"Attack of the evil church girls"

 

Why Don't You Just Die!"Drain-licking good"

 

Coffee & Kareem"No thank you, I'll have tea"

 

Tiger King"Quarantine with Joe Exotic"

 

Slay the Dragon"A powerful piece on political activism and the impact an individual can have"

 

The Platform"As above, so below"

 

SXSW Critical Thinking"What's your next move?"

 

Bloodshot"A bloody mess (not the good kind)"

 

SXSW Drunk Bus"Going round in circles"

 
 
 
 
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