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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: 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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Never Rarely Sometimes Always looks like a heartbreaking film

Social commentary is one of my favorite things in media. A snapshot of the time and place we currently live in, it reveals what the average person is thinking under specific governments or oppression. It's the best way to physically captur...

 
 
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Dark Waters

The legal thriller is a bit of an oxymoron of a subgenre. "Thriller" conjures images of tense, visceral altercations and physical action. But you hear "legal" and you might be inclined to think of a day at The People's Court or ca...

 
 
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Review: Runaways (Season 3)

"I hate how the rules of this world keeps changing," says Nico Minoru at one point in the third and final season of Marvel's Runaways. It's a really easy quote to apply to the entire season, which continued the last season's trajectory of t...

 
 
 
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Review: Queen & Slim

Early on in Queen & Slim, after our inciting event of police brutality sets our titular duo on the run, a character greets the pair with the line "weell, if it isn't the black Bonnie and Clyde." The analogy is an easy one to draw, both ...

 
 
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Review: Midway

War movies have always been in a weird spot for me. Usually the material is based on a significant event or an interesting individual, but those movies typically play in one of two ways. They either embellish facts in order to create a more...

 
 
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Fox confirms BH90210 is the end of the series

In this modern era of reboots and remakes, it was no surprised that the "classic" 90s series Beverly Hills, 90210 got a reboot. More a tongue-in-cheek look at reboot culture, BH90210 released earlier this year to some decent critical recept...

 
 
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Jonathan Glazer will reteam with A24 for his next film

Since his feature film debut in 2000 with the Ben Kingsley-mad crime drama Sexy Beast, English filmmaker Jonathan Glazer's mantra would seem to be "quality over quantity." Four years later he gave us Birth, the brilliant Nicole Kidman-led m...

 
 
 
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NYFF Review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Midway through Céline Sciamma’s masterful Portrait of a Lady on Fire, we get the film’s thematic archstone. So much of this painterly, poetic queer romance is about looking at someone we desire and the feeling of being se...

 
 
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LFF Review: Harriet

It’s remarkable that the feats of Harriet Tubman, former slave-turned-civil-rights-activist, is a story that’s not been told in film before. A woman who became an abolitionist in the lead up to the American Civil War in 1861...

 
 
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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: Preacher (Season 4)

After four years of boundary-pushing entertainment, Preacher has finally reached its end. As one of the forerunners for AMC's "cutting edge" label of programming, Preacher prided itself on how it didn't play by conventions. If it was a soci...

 
 
 
 
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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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Travel back to 1917 in a featurette for Sam Mendes' WWI film

After a pulse-pounding trailer, the newly-released mini-doc for Sam Mendes' upcoming World War I film 1917 highlights its high-wire war story while keying us in on some technical talk. The film is apparently being edited to give the illusi...

 
 
 
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Masters of Doom series finds it John Carmack and John Romero

A few months back, USA Networks announced it had ordered a run of episodes based on the biographical novel Masters of Doom. A book chronicling the development of 1993 mega-hit Doom and the fallout behind the scenes at id Software, we didn't...

 
 
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Jesse's on the hunt in El Camino's newest trailer

I may have previously ranted a little about the existence of El Camino, the official epilogue film to AMC's hit series Breaking Bad, but this latest trailer does at least look good. Netflix has given us our first proper look at the returni...

 
 
 
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Review: Hustlers

Contemporary films owe a lot to Goodfellas, don't they? Ray Liotta's Henry Hill, narrating his extralegal escapades with hindsight and a deadpan drawl, has become an iconic method of storytelling. This isn't even to mention Scorsese's wild ...

 
 
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Review: The Goldfinch

John Crowley's adaptation of The Goldfinch was almost destined to come up short no matter how you slice it. Donna Tartt's 2013 critical-darling of a novel would top book lists and sweep awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Tart...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

There's something exhilarating and befuddling in the structure to so many Richard Linklater films, at least to me. Where'd You Go, Bernadette, the American independent's latest feature, is certainly based upon the 2012 novel of the same nam...

 
 
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The Morning Show gets its first teaser

The Apple TV Plus exclusive The Morning Show has received its first teaser trailer and the premise seems interesting. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, and Reese Witherspoon, the series will be a fictional look at the behind-the-sce...

 
 




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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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