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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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Review: My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

One of the grand traditions of anime is not the filler arc, but the film adaptation. No matter how obscure or unsuccessful a certain show may be, you can basically count on a movie getting released shortly after the series starts airing. Di...

 
 
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Review: Beanpole

Whether or not Beanpole (Russia's submission to these past Academy Awards) is a quiet triumph is something of an enigma to me still days after seeing it. Beanpole is a film that I think has so many threads, both literal and figurative, that...

 
 
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Review: Ride Your Wave

I don't know what it is with anime features films and water this year, but the fact that Ride Your Wave is the second anime film from an acclaimed director centered on the importance of water in as many months can't be a coincidence. Water ...

 
 
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Review: We

We sells itself as a boundary-pushing work of nihilistic disturbia. It lulls us into its scenic and well-photographed slice of life for eight teens in the Netherlands. They ride bicycles to dreamy synth evocative of Stranger Things but with...

 
 
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Review: Sonic the Hedgehog

It's here. Sonic did not go so fast to get here in feature film form but he is finally here. After the Internet blew up so much at the original design for Sonic that the studio actually went back and redid the entire movie with a new, less ...

 
 
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Review: The Assistant

Corporate America is an exceptionally terrible place to find individualism. After decades of systemic abuse and routine overworking going unreported, we're finally starting to learn the truth about how employers mistreat their employees to ...

 
 
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Review: The Times of Bill Cunningham

Biopics, like anything else, can be hit or miss. Having an interesting subject is no guarantee either. Interesting people can be victimized by bad direction, hack writing, and poor editing just like anything else. When it comes to The Times...

 
 
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Review: Enter the Fat Dragon

Hollywood isn't the only film industry cranking out remakes of successful films. For nearly as long as Kung Fu movies have been a thing, remakes of extremely popular releases have been around. Bruce Lee hit the scene and there were a millio...

 
 
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Review: Come to Daddy

As the credits roll for Come to Daddy the first thing that comes on screen is a "Based on an idea" credit for director Ant Timpson. Those usually roll by when a screenplay is developed by a writer based on some story idea that came up ...

 
 
 
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Review: Cupid

We all know the story of Cupid, the mythological deity of Greek--er Roman? Okay, actually I don't anything about him. Thankfully, the opening five minutes of Cupid the horror movie retell his tale in what I'm sure is a faithful yarn. A book...

 
 
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Review: Gretel & Hansel

You can come at the idea of a horror film from so many angles, but the way it boils down for a lot of people can be surmised as "does it creep or does it pounce?" Are we slowly submitted to a dreadful atmosphere, haunted from the corners of...

 
 
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Review: The Rhythm Section

There's an interesting premise to The Rhythm Section or at least one that's a bit more surprising than the trailers let on. The film is a revenge movie. One of those movies where a person's family is killed by someone and they train su...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Downhill

The choice to remake a foreign language film into an Americanized version is at the surface quite problematic. There are however a few good examples of past endeavors, like The Departed and The Ring. But the truth of the matter is there are...

 
 
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Sundance Review: Wendy

The year was 2012 and in the mountains of Park City, Utah a small independent film with unknown actors, a first time director, and an intriguing title captured the entire festival and would go on to land a Best Picture nomination and even a...

 
 
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Review: The Turning

There's something to be said for an honest-to-goodness genre movie, one that doesn't flinch from its roots and executes its tropes efficiently, if familiarly. The Turning, adapting Henry James' classic horror story The Turn of the Screw, fa...

 
 
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Review: The Gentlemen

What do you get when you mix British gangsters, snappy quick dialogue, and a good dose of dark humor? Well, a Guy Ritchie movie of course. The Gentlemen is Guy Ritchie returning to the type of movie that had him make such a splash on the sc...

 
 
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Review: Awkwafina is Nora from Queens - Season One

Rapper/comedian turned actress Awkwafina has had quite the rise to fame. Starting from relative obscurity on YouTube in 2013, the star gained a following that eventually saw her transition away from her day job towards a career focused on e...

 
 
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Review: Color Out of Space

Richard Stanley's 1990 cult hit Hardware and follow-up Dust Devil have careful threads that artistically weave pulp, world-building, and theme together. Hardware is at once a grimy hard rock music video of a killer robot movie and a trippy,...

 
 
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Review: Bad Boys for Life

There is one thing that becomes abundantly clear when watching Bad Boys for Life and that is the simple fact that Michael Bay is one of the best action directors working when he cares about what he's making (when he doesn't it's anothe...

 
 
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Review: The Wave

We all know without argument that doing drugs is both fun and cool--but can it make you a better person? The Wave seeks to answer this question as lawyer Frank (Justin Long) skips out on his wife for a night so he can drink, make out with a...

 
 




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

 

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

 

SXSW Drunk Bus"Going round in circles"

 

The Hunt"Not even the third most talked about movie of the year"

 

Never Rarely Sometimes Always"Necessary for our time"

 

Jurassic Thunder"Somehow worse than it looks"

 

Castlevania (Season 3)"WHERE'S GRANT???"

 

The Booksellers"The moment he croaks I'm on the phone with Sotheby's"

 

The Wild Goose Lake"Goose on the loose."

 

The Way Back"Can't find its way"

 

The Dark Red"Kidnapping babies and wasting time"

 

The Invisible Man"Nothing to see here"

 

Burden"Love conquers all...except boredom"

 

Verotika"'Your teets are looking at me!'"

 

Blood on Her Name"'That don't put the skin back on the cat'"

 

Dragon Quest: Your Story"Butchering a beloved classic"

 

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising"Yet I'm falling asleep"

 

Beanpole"Plant a seed and hope for the best"

 

Ride Your Wave"Love and water"

 

We"A deadly serious sex comedy"

 

Sonic the Hedgehog"Super Sonic"

 

The Assistant"The unsung heroes"

 
 
 
 
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