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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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Review: Primal

Nicolas Cage is the gift that keeps on giving. After throwing himself into debt with some larger than life purchases, including buying a freaking castle, the man has been accepting any role tossed at him left and right in order to make all ...

 
 
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Review: Official Secrets

The real-life Katherine Gun represents one of the rare figures in modern political history who has the courage to say something when everyone else remains silent. Set in 2003, the story of Official Secrets revolves around how she leaked...

 
 
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Review: Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep is a strange thing. Part a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's seminal film The Shining and part an adaptation of Stephen King's seminal book The Shining it sits in an awkward spot. See, the film and the book have drasti...

 
 
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Review: Red Letter Day

Red Letter Day sets its stage like a Hallmark Original horror movie. We meet the Edwards family, a three-piece unit with dorky brother Timothy (Kaeleb Zain Gartner), goth sister Madison (Hailey Foss), and divorced mom Melanie (Dawn Van de S...

 
 
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Review: Terminator: Dark Fate

In some strange way, the Terminator franchise mirrors how its titular robots are described: unstoppable. Despite every sequel past Terminator 2: Judgment Day being bad, the series just won't stop coming back. Writers have attempted to do ju...

 
 
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Review: Inside Game

2007 marked a time of change. Steve Jobs introduced us to the original iPhone, thereby enslaving us in perpetuity to a tiny screen. NASA launched Phoenix, a spacecraft that landed on the north pole of Mars to test habitability and to rese...

 
 
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Review: Marla

Marla boasts a fascinating concept. Our title heroine is a young woman scraping by on tips who wants to get an IUD and is given an opportunity to have a free one installed on the sly from an old friend of her brother's. Little does she know...

 
 
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Review: The Lighthouse

While the two-man story is almost commonplace on the stage, it's rare to see something similar come to the big screen. It's not all that shocking as there's a lot more to work with in the medium of film and therefore the more subdued story...

 
 
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Review: Zombieland: Double Tap

Ten years ago, when the zombie craze was at its peak a little Zom-Com called Zombieland came out and help invent the entire genre of Zom-Com. The film, which at the time starred some of Hollywood's biggest up-and-comers, was smart, cle...

 
 
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Review: Carmen Sandiego (Season Two)

Earlier this year, Netflix released Carmen Sandiego on the world, a rebooted tale focusing on the origins of the iconic criminal. The story this time attempted to recast the villainous figure as a misunderstood hero. It was a pretty clich&e...

 
 
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Review: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

I have very mixed emotions towards 2014's Maleficent. On one hand, it was a modern reimagining of Sleeping Beauty that seemed to focus on the best aspects of that original movie by casting a fantastic actress in the title role while simulta...

 
 
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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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Review: Trick

Trick bills itself as a new breed of slasher film--which, to be fair, is how most new slasher films bill themselves--and that's apparent from the offset. Sure, this is a movie about a masked teenager who goes on a killing spree on Halloween...

 
 
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Review: Metallica: S&M²

Metallica may not have invented the genre of heavy metal, but they certainly popularized it. Blasting onto the scene in the early 80s, the Los Angeles based foursome became legendary in the underground circuit for their bleeding fast riffs,...

 
 
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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: Gemini Man

It may be time to put the phrase "visionary mind" in moratorium from film trailers. The latest Will Smith vehicle is Gemini Man, and its marketing suggest that it's one of those films that just could not be made without recent advancements ...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Aeronauts

Spend any amount of time in the UK and you’ll soon realise that weather is a favourite topic of conversation for Brits. So, in a year that’s been full of veritable storms, heatwaves, and hurricanes, it’s only fitting tha...

 
 
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NYFF Review: Saturday Fiction

World War II and its surrounding years have seen all sorts of filmic representation on the big screen, from blood-and-guts, boots-on-the-ground soldiering to the devastation of Nazi genocide. The most traumatic event in 20th century Western...

 
 
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Review: The Addams Family

They're cree-py and they're koo-ky, mysterious and spoo-ky, they have a brand new mov-ie, the Ad-dams Fa-mi-ly; An an-im-at-ed fea-ture, so gather to a seat-yer, gonna-wan-na be-here, The Ad-dams Fa-mi-ly.

 
 
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Review: Parasite

It’s a quiet night in the Park household. The Parks have gone away for their son’s birthday, leaving only their housekeeper, Chung-sook (Jang Hye-jin), to tend to the house and their pets while they are away. On the surface, it&...

 
 
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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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LFF Review: Knives Out

It’s taken time to properly piece together my thoughts on Knives Out. It’s the sort of film that, because it’s been so carefully thought out, lends itself to equally careful consideration. Moulded unmistakably on Agath...

 
 
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LFF Review: Bad Education

Whether or not you’re familiar with all the details of the $11.2 million public school embezzlement scandal in New York in the early 00s, you soon will be after Cory Finley takes to the screen again this festival season. Compari...

 
 
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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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LFF Review: Marriage Story

Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) run a theatre company together in New York. Charlie directs, Nicole acts, they’re married, and they have a son. All has been well for years, but somehow it isn't enough for Nic...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Report

An indictment of bureaucracy at an acute level, The Report is the recipient of a lot of buzz online, largely owing to its high-profile cast and imminent Netflix release. Featuring Annette Bening (in a successful run, she’s alread...

 
 
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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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LFF Review: The King

The King is, in a word, severe. Formidably darker than Henry V adaptations in the past, it centres on a troubled Hal (Timothée Chalamet) who reluctantly takes on the mantle of kingship from a manipulative father (Ben Mendelsohn), f...

 
 
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LFF Review: Jojo Rabbit

During the opening sequence of Jojo Rabbit, Britpop plays over a montage of Nazi paraphernalia and propaganda. Archive footage shows Hitler reaching down from a podium to girls screaming to be with him, probably crying to have his babie...

 
 
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LFF Review: Hope Gap

With a week to go before their 29th wedding anniversary, Edward (Bill Nighy) decides not to take his wife Grace (Annette Bening) out for dinner. Instead, he packs a bag and tells her he wants a divorce. Their comfy family life near Hope...

 
 
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LFF Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

If anyone can tease out the devilish humour and absurdity from Dickens, it’s Iannucci. The creative force behind satires like The Thick of It and The Death of Stalin is so well-matched to the material, in fact, that it’s a won...

 
 
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LFF Review: Lucky Grandma

A mobster flick that puts an elderly Chinese woman into a gang war in New York, Lucky Grandma was a bit of light fun to open LFF this year. Following the story of Grandma/Nai Nai (the energetic and cunning Tsai Chin), the story finds...

 
 
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LFF Review: Waves

The word synaesthesia refers to a trait in which a person experiences merged senses simultaneously -- such as hearing colours or seeing sound. It’s the only word I can use to touch on the intensity of the visual and aural experienc...

 
 
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Review: First Love

When history's overtaken all of us, I think Takashi Miike's will be a name left standing. For one thing, the Japanese genre-master is capital-P prolific. 2017's Blade of the Immortal was touted as his 100th feature film, and since then he's...

 
 
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Review: The Spy

The Spy puts Sach Baron Cohen in a darkly gripping, real-life tale of espionage, following the life of Egyptian-born Eli Cohen. The story traces his infiltration into the highest ranks of the Syrian government in the early 1960s, providin...

 
 
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Review: Joker

There's been a lot of debate about Joker since its wild success on the festival circuit over its portrayal of a troubled, lonely, white male becoming the violent mouth piece for a social uprising. Then there's been a lot of discus...

 
 
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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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Review: Killer Sofa

Let's get this controversy out of the way right now: The piece of demonic furniture in Killer Sofa is (big gasp)... not actually a sofa. It's a recliner. It's a chair. As Oxford describes it, a sofa is "a long upholstered seat with a back a...

 
 




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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"

 

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"

 
 
 
 
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