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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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Review: Weathering With You

Makoto Shinkai is a director that you may have heard from his last feature film, Your Name. Your Name released back in 2016 and took the world by storm for its stunning animation, wonderful premise, and an ending that hits you like a sack o...

 
 
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Review: VHYes

It's been an unseasonably warm winter in my corner of the world (the only one that matters), temperatures climbing to the sixties with long days of humid rain feeling more like April than January. Every once in a while I'll stop and ponder ...

 
 
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Review: Underwater

When I first caught a trailer for Underwater, the Kristen Stewart-led creature-feature set amidst the murky depths of the Mariana Trench, I made the out-loud joke to my friends and fellow theater-goers "Is that really the title?" I got a la...

 
 
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Review: Like A Boss

Ah, January, the dumping ground of movies. January, the month where movies that would have failed at any other time of the year have a shot at doing moderately well because there's virtually no competition. For the past few years we've gott...

 
 
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Review: 1917

You're already aware that 1917 is good. Even if it hadn't just received the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama and Best Director there was a lot of evidence to point you in that direction. For one, it comes from one of the best dire...

 
 
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Review: The Mercenary

Action movies are cool, because people get beat up. Sometimes they get stabbed. Other times they get shot a bunch. Every once in a while they blow up, and it's fun to watch. People break a lot of furniture, which is nice, because sometimes ...

 
 
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Review: Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems is so many things, all at the same time. On its surface one can appreciate the breakneck pacing and the terrific ramblings of Adam Sandler's performance; the pulsing score and the breathtaking dynamism of its camerawork. Dig a li...

 
 
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Review: The Witcher - Season One

Mainstream media didn't start to take the fantasy genre seriously until Peter Jackson's highly acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy. After the massive success of the three films (which would, in turn, transform Hollywood production as we kno...

 
 
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Recap: The Mandalorian Season 1, Episode 8 - The Redemption

When looking at the individual episodes of a television show, especially with a property so carefully-managed like Star Wars, it's hard to find any sort of distinct authorship in the filmmaking of any of them. So imagine my surprise when I ...

 
 
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Review: Final Space Season 2

Final Space, a lesser-known gem of an animation from TBS and Netflix, follows the adventures of Gary Goodspeed. He’s just an ordinary guy, imprisoned in space for five years following a misunderstanding, but has greater forces to re...

 
 
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Review: Cats

Let's just cut to the chase so I don't have to waste everyone's time on this. Cats is an atrocious movie that we always knew was going to be bad, but I didn't think it would be this bad. I saw this for free and I still felt ripped off. We h...

 
 
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Review: Bombshell

Telling a true story through a work of fiction can be a difficult thing. How dramatic is the truth, really? How much do you bend for the sake of your medium; how fancifully do you write that nonfiction book? How snappy is your "based on tru...

 
 
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Recap: The Mandalorian Season 1, Episode 7 - The Reckoning

After episodes of world-building, character-building, and who-knows-what-else, The Mandalorian season one finally rounds back to the inciting incident for the show. I've been suspicious of this show gathering all of these prominent guest st...

 
 
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Review: Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker

In my review for The Force Awakens I concluded by saying that the film was a strong blend of nostalgia and modernity, mixing our love for the original trilogy with a host of new characters and ideas. My concern then was that Disney would no...

 
 
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Review: South Park - Season 23

There aren't many shows that have had a similar culture impact to The Simpsons, but South Park is one of them. Carving out its own niche (that exploded into a massive audience over the years), creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker hit upon a ...

 
 
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Review: 6 Underground

Before 6 Underground released, Netflix dropped an with star Ryan Reynolds proclaiming it to be the most Michael Bay movie ever made. That was a bit hard to believe as Michael Bay hasn't been Michael Bay for years now. The director has eithe...

 
 
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Recap: The Mandalorian Season 1, Episode 6 - The Prisoner

One of the clear strengths of The Mandalorian, especially in the earlier episodes, is that the eponymous character is not perfect—far from it. He trips, falls down, gets shot, gets covered in mud, and so on. We love an underdog. But i...

 
 
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Review: Black Christmas

The merits of remaking a movie are often called into question immediately by the masses. Be it staunch defenders of the source material, weary analysts of Hollywood's "pool" of talent, or moviegoers just sick and tired of...garbage, it's us...

 
 
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Review: Jumanji: The Next Level

When the first images for the first Jumanji film (well, the first one in this series, not the Robin Williams one) landed people were distraught. The picture didn't look much like anything good and was replete with nothing but cliches. Turns...

 
 




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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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