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Review: Les Miserables, Episode One

While I don’t often review individual shows, this is a unique and rare instance where the worlds of film, musical theatre, literature and TV come together in glorious harmony, or at least like competing relatives forced to be civil ...

 
 
 
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Review: Bumblebee

Michael Bay lost it somewhere along the way. Sure, he was always grandiose and absurd, but his action held together and his movies were fun. Look back at any of his classics and they are still exactly that. At one point, he was a good actio...

 
 
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Review: Mary Poppins Returns

We're in an era of sequels and remakes, and with 2018 being the biggest box office year in the history of cinema we're going to be getting plenty more. If a studio can bring something old and beloved back they're probably going to do it. It...

 
 
 
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Woody headed for a carnival setting in new Toy Story 4 poster

After multiple plot changes and an entire crew reshuffle since Toy Story 4 was first announced - screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have walked away, and controversy surrounding John Lasseter booting him out - nobody seems quite...

 
 
 
 
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Watch The LEGO Movie on YouTube for free this Friday

As if the news of the second LEGO Movie couldn’t get any better, YouTube has teamed up with Warner Bros. for a Black Friday publicity move, streaming The LEGO Movie for free this week - for one day only! On the back of yesterday&rsq...

 
 
 
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Review: Instant Family

I honestly got stuck with Instantly Family to review. Sometimes as EIC you gotta take a bullet for the team and let someone else review the big Harry Potter film (review coming later) or whatever. I was all set to take t...

 
 
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Review: Widows

A fusion of stark brutality, underhand crimes and complex systems of political and personal power, Widows is far more just than an awards-season thriller, but a sharp and forceful indictment of corruption on every level of society. I...

 
 
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Review: The Grinch

Believe it or not, prior to my screening I wasn't paying that much attention to Illumination's The Grinch, but from what I did see I thought the film was going to try something a little new with the character and focus on how he became...

 
 
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Review: The Great Buster

Why is it so flipping funny to watch a grown man fall over? I don’t know, but Buster Keaton realized this from a young age and basically built his career on pratfalls and slapstick gags. Here he is - again and again - falling flat on ...

 
 
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Review: All Creatures Here Below

All Creatures Here Below is not a horror, but maybe it should be. In my time as a film critic I’ve seen some things (and I mean, seen some things), but there’s no other way of putting it: that was some disturbing stuff right t...

 
 
 
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LFF 2018 Review: Wild Rose

Every now and then there comes a film that’s just what you need: something life-affirming, something with just the right balance of reality and fantasy, something with a big ol’ glug of Nashville warbling. Yep, Wild Rose had it ...

 
 
 
 
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Review: A Star is Born

I feel like I've been availed with trailers for A Star is Born since last year. This movie has a lot going on so it needed the head start: Bradley Cooper writing, producing and directing, Lady Gaga (billed as Lady Gaga) in her fir...

 
 
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Review: Bad Times at the El Royale

Genre deconstruction is awesome when done right. When it's done wrong it comes across as trite, like the filmmaker doesn't actually understand the very genre they want to take apart. However, when it's done right you get films that help def...

 
 
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Review: Venom

It is really easy to tear Venom apart. There are a myriad of issues with it from casting to screenplay to plotting to... well, everything. Superhero movies have come a long way in the past ten years, and Venom feels like...

 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Smallfoot

The fact that's there's a Tod Browning's Freaks reference in Smallfoot doesn't really say all that much about the movie. It's not actually crammed full of clever comedy for adults, or secretly hiding darker themes than w...

 
 
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Epic new poster for X-Men: Dark Phoenix revealed

Literal chills. The final installment of the X-men franchise is to hit theaters next February, and earlier today in a Tweet, @XMenMovies released the details for a brand new poster with Sophie Turner (Jean Grey /Phoenix) silhouetted again...

 
 
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Review: Mermaid's Song

I will be very honest and say I only decided to review Mermaid's Song because it meant I could see it for free. I had no prior knowledge of this movie before Tuesday, but you never turn down free. Unfortunately, I forgot there tru...

 
 
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Review: Assassination Nation

I'm not going to lie about Assassination Nation. The content in this movie is, frankly, uncomfortable to sit through. The movie begins by showing trigger warnings of all of the horrible things that happen over the course movie and tell...

 
 
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Review: The House with the Clock in Its Walls

You know what a lot of kids movies lack these days (I ask while waving my cane in the air at a cloud)? Charm. There's some amazing stuff going on for sure, but that certain "charming" characteristic is often missing. Maybe it's because chil...

 
 
 
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Review: Peppermint

Peppermint looked so good on paper. The director of Taken returning to the revenge genre with Jennifer Garner doing her best Linda Hamilton and telling a bad guy she was going to shoot him in the face? That screams like somet...

 
 
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Review: Slender Man

Slender Man hasn't been relevant in internet culture for years. Remember how back in 2012 Slender Man was all of the rage? Youtubers were going nuts over Slender: The Eight Pages, there were a bunch of fan games, an...

 
 
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Review: The Meg

What makes a good bad movie? It's a question I've been pondering over the years as I sit through more and more bad bad movies trying to be good bad movies. Take Skyscraper as a recent example. It's a bad movie, but it's not a good...

 
 
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Review: Christopher Robin

Winnie-the-Pooh is a character that I was afraid to admit I liked. I'm not ashamed to say that I love to watch Disney movies, but Winnie-the-Pooh always had an air with it that it was for babies. It seemed too childish for me for a long tim...

 
 
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Review: Rock Rubber 45s

“Entrepreneur” only begins to describe the life and career of Robert “Bobbito” Garcia. At 50 years old, he’s experienced stints at jobs that people strive for most of their working lives. His life and work ex...

 
 
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Review: Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

What I'm about to say may seem hypocritical. About two months ago, I came to the defence of modern cartoons not just because of their maligned against animation, but also because they're for a different generation. I, a 23-year-ol...

 
 
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Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The original Mamma Mia, based off the theatrical musical of the same name, was an absolute blast. Cram packed full of stars, fantastic numbers, clever direction, and clever winks at the genre the movie worked just as well as the musical did...

 
 
 
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Review: Skyscraper

I'm not sure why, but I was kind of thinking that Skyscraper would be something special. Not like, "good" special, but just some sort of low-key, fun action flick that riffed a bit on Die Hard and The Towering Infer...

 
 




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LFF Harriet"Be free or die"

 

Gemini Man"Does whatever a gemini can"

 

LFF The Aeronauts"Reach for the sky"

 

NYFF Saturday Fiction"Life during wartime"

 

The Addams Family"Just be yourself (but not too much!)"

 

Parasite"Class mobility is a lie"

 

Lucky Day"Luck's run out"

 

LFF Knives Out"Whodounut"

 

LFF Bad Education"Ain't misbehavin"

 

NYFF The Whistlers"Whistling away the jail days"

 

LFF Marriage Story"Romcom in reverse"

 

LFF The Report"Democracy under scrutiny"

 

Preacher (Season 4)"The Messiah will dance!"

 

LFF The King"High drama"

 

LFF Jojo Rabbit"Ja Hitler!"

 

LFF Hope Gap"Deficient"

 

LFF Lucky Grandma"You'll never look at your grandma in the same way again"

 

LFF Waves"Ripple effect"

 

First Love"Tough love"

 

The Spy"What would you do for your country?"

 

Joker"Ha. Ha. Ha?"

 

NYFF The Irishman"Martin Scorsese's greatest hits also feels like a long goodbye"

 

Killer Sofa"Give 'em the chair!"

 
 
 
 
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