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El Camino reminded me why I love Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad aired its final episode on September 29, 2013. Walter White's ascension (or was it a descent?) from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to ruthless criminal has cemented itself as a staple of contemporary pop culture, a teachable p...

 
 
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Deep Analysis: Joker

I made an offhand remark to my brother before we went in to our screening of Joker comparing Batman and his arch-nemesis to contemporary facets of pop culture equivalent to great historical works like Homer's Odyssey, or works of Shakespear...

 
 
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Review: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Ever since the completion of Breaking Bad, there's been a persistent rumor that a follow-up movie was in the works. I'm a purist, I don't see the need to return to a well once it has been perfectly tapped. After a nearly perfect run of five...

 
 
 
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Review: Lucky Day

Following the emergence of Quentin Tarantino in the early '90s, audiences the world-round were at least tantalized by the fan-to-filmmaker's cocktail of pop culturally-savvy criminals and explosive violence. The Tarantino brand would evolve...

 
 
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NYFF Review: The Whistlers

For as copious and dime-a-dozen film noir crime stories were at a time, and how prolific their influence has remained over the decades, there's always the odd film that comes along that puts its own little spin on the formula. The tropes ar...

 
 
 
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The Gentleman trailer has Guy Ritchie going back to his roots

Guy Ritchie has been away from the gangster movie for far too long. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels is the film that put Ritchie on the map. He followed it up with the excellent Snatch. These fast-talking gangster comedies set the bar...

 
 
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NYFF Review: The Irishman

The Irishman feels like it could be Martin Scorsese’s final film. It won’t be—he’s already working with Leonardo Di Caprio on Killers of the Flower Moon—and yet if you told me this was his last movie, I’d...

 
 
 
 
 
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MoviePass data breached, up to 161 million records exposed

MoviePass is a company that wields its shovel proudly. Not content to merely dig its grave six feet, eight feet, or even 12 feet under, the embattled service is looking to excavate enough dirt that it can rest curled within the warm womb of...

 
 
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Review: The Kitchen

The Kitchen, with its small budget, big names stars, and comic book roots, is the kind of August movie that sounds like it could turn into a sleeper classic. It's got the the low-budget but high-quality feel to it that always seems to lead ...

 
 
 
 
 
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Deep Analysis: Only God Forgives

When an artist breaks through into the mainstream, their next move is often observed as critical. For someone established-but-niche, do they incorporate new, broader approaches that translate their vision for their newfound, wider audience?...

 
 
 
 
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New trailer for Queen & Slim hits the road running

In a blisteringly-contemporary update of the outlaws-on-the-run genre, we today get our first look at Queen & Slim from director Melina Matsoukas, who previously worked on HBO's Insecure as well as promotional shorts for Beyoncé...

 
 
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Motion Pixels: The movies to watch before playing Judgement

Motion Pixels is a series of haphazard articles hoping to link the passions of gaming and films. Through recommendations, general chicanery, and, sometimes, analysis our hope is to set you, dear reader, on a path of exploration you might no...

 
 
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Criminal's first teaser is teasing as all get out

Look, it's not going to be easy going for Netflix in the coming years as media heavyweights start yanking their content from the streaming platform and start putting it on their own platforms. They're not just losing content, but clout. Th...

 
 
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Review: Shaft

Do you know how refreshing it is to say that there's a new Shaft movie? While I never grew up watching the original Richard Roundtree trilogy of films, or the short-lived miniseries, I always knew just how cool, suave, and badass he wa...

 
 
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Review: The Fall of the American Empire

Every now and then I’ll see a movie that I don’t particularly like but I find thought provoking. Every now and then I’ll see a movie I find thought provoking not because of the depth of its ideas but because of the ideas i...

 
 
 
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Review: Domino

Throwing a name like Brian De Palma's around can mean one of two things for hopeful audiences of Domino, the latest film from the veteran American maverick. First it could instill thoughts of "Oh joy! The master returns to his craft!" The s...

 
 
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Review: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

I'll be honest, I have no faith when it comes to adaptations and spin-offs of established media. So walking into Pokemon Detective Pikachu for review, I was ready for cliches, tropes, and lazy slapdash world building. I can't believe how mu...

 
 
 
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Tribeca Review: Crown Vic

I feel like cops in media get a bad rap. Not because I think all cops are shown as being evil or corrupt, but because most cop shows or movies don’t really showcase what life is actually like as a cop. When people think of cops in mov...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Blow the Man Down

Imagine, if you will, a sleepy little fishing town in Maine. Imagine seeing the ocean, calm and serene, with a few ships bobbing in the water like toy boats. Then we pan over to the dock where a stocky fisherman starts leading the other doc...

 
 
 
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Review: Dogman

Italian cinema is one of my biggest holes as a critic. When it comes to seeing movies from across the globe, I've seen plenty of movies from Japan (both of the animated variety and not), some movies from Korea and Taiwan, and a healthy amou...

 
 
 
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Review: Dragged Across Concrete

It can be a tricky thing to make a film violent. Is it going to be fun violence? You watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and oh my god that guy was chopped up by plane propellers! But it’s okay because 1. He’s a Nazi, 2. We don’...

 
 
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Review: Ash is Purest White

What is your life going to look like in the future? Who will you be close to, what will you do? I have a tough time picturing what I’m doing for dinner this week, let alone answering those questions. With Ash is Purest White, Chinese ...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The Highwaymen

We've all seen Bonnie and Clyde. We've all seen it, right? Jesus, people. Watch the classics. Fine, go watch Bonnie and Clyde then we can continue on. Now that we're all where we should be, remember the bumbling Texas police officer th...

 
 
 




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The Shed"It's actually about the vampire inside the shed"

 

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Midway"戦争はつまらない"

 

Primal"Cage v. Jaguar"

 

Official Secrets"For your eyes only"

 

Doctor Sleep"Not The Shining"

 

Red Letter Day"'You were going to kill my daughter... live on the internet!?'"

 

Terminator: Dark Fate"We're fated to get more sequels"

 

Inside Game"A different kind of whistleblower"

 

Marla"IUDEAD on arrival"

 

The Lighthouse"A twisted tale of American horror"

 

Zombieland: Double Tap"New zombies, same jokes"

 

Carmen Sandiego (Season Two)"Sins of the father"

 

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil"EEEEEEEEVIIIIIIIIIIIIL"

 

Trick"Give me something good to stab (and stab and stab)"

 

Metallica: S&M²"Fight Fire With Fire"

 

LFF Harriet"Be free or die"

 

Gemini Man"Does whatever a gemini can"

 

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