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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: 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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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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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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The Decade Decathlon: 2015

Welcome back to the Decade Decathlon, where we're taking an extended look back at the past decade of filmmaking to see what worked, what didn't, and what stories we can learn from the past. If there’s one word I can use to define 2015...

 
 
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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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Everything that happened at New York Comic Con 2019

It's been a couple of days since New York Comic Con wrapped up and while most of our writers are recovering from the dreaded con flu, you can read all of our articles without feeling like your stomach is turning inside out!  While this...

 
 
 
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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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The Decade Decathlon: 2014

Welcome back to the Decade Decathlon, where we're taking an extended look back at the past decade of filmmaking to see what worked, what didn't, and what stories we can learn from the past. I'm not going to mince words here; if 2013 was the...

 
 
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Review: IT Chapter Two

It's not every day that you're able to witness a successful remake of a classic property, but 2017's IT was easily better than the original TV miniseries that wormed its way into the hearts of millions in the 90’s. Unlike that miniser...

 
 
 
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The movies that surprised us and live on in eternity

As the summer heat rescinds and kids head back to school, those aching for a two hour theatrical vacation are scraping the barrel for options. Not known for hits, August tends to be a wasteland reserved for fill-in movies. As of publicati...

 
 
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Review: Good Boys

Good Boys has, since its initial trailer landed, been touted as Superbad with younger kids. A film that uses comedy to address an awkward transition in life. Here it's the movement from childhood to teenager instead of teenager to...

 
 
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The Decade Decathlon: 2013

Welcome back to the Decade Decathlon, where we're taking an extended look back at the past decade of filmmaking to see what worked, what didn't, and what stories we can learn from the past. I'm sure that there are more tactful ways of going...

 
 
 
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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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Review: Fast &Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Look, I'm as surprised as the rest of the world that a little drag racing crime movie starring two B-grade actors has somehow spawned what is now, thanks to the release of Hobbs & Shaw, a cinematic universe but we're here now and we jus...

 
 
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Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Whether it's obvious or not, every single feature film that Quentin Tarantino has made is about, well, film. There is rarely a moment in his movies where the writer-director isn't projecting some of his knowledge as a pop culture buff and e...

 
 
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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is now the best Disney movie

It seems as the more time passes, the closer we get to Disney controlling most of the free world. That may seem like an exaggeration, but Disney is inching ever closer to outright harnessing your childhood and every media franchise related ...

 
 
 
 
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Every Disney live-action movie, ranked

It was Alice in Wonderland that changed it all. The Johnny Depp-led film was a stunning and massive box office success for Disney that took them a bit by surprise. Less of a remake and more of a film that got Depp (a confirmed supersta...

 
 
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Review: The Lion King

When I reviewed Disney's live-action remake of The Jungle Book I proclaimed that it was a revolution in digital animation. The uncanny valley had been defeated and we now stood on the precipice  of a new era in CGI, where you stru...

 
 
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The Decade Decathlon: 2012

Welcome back to the Decade Decathlon, where we're taking an extended look back at the past decade of filmmaking to see what worked, what didn't, and what stories we can learn from the past. 2012 is unique when looking at the trajectory of t...

 
 
 
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Review: Crawl

The killer animal film has come a long way since Jaws. These days you've got to have a prehistoric giant shark to even get folks talking about your movie. The thinking is that normal-sized, non-mutated animals just aren't enough anymore, I ...

 
 
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Review: The Farewell

There’s a brief prefatory note in Lulu Wang’s The Farewell that gives viewers an idea of what to expect: “Based on an actual lie.” The film spun out of a 2016 piece Wang recorded for This American Life. I still haven...

 
 
 
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Review: Midsommar

If I'm being perfectly honest with myself, I've been pretty disillusioned with the horror genre in recent months. I really do hate to be the kind of old man that groans "they don't make them like they used to" but I really do think that hor...

 
 
 
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Neil Gaiman's Sandman is getting a big-budget Netflix series

A live-action adaptation of The Sandman seems to be getting off the ground after years of false starts. Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking comics series will be coming to Netflix. Netflix has partnered with Warner Bros. TV to bring the crit...

 
 
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Review: Yesterday

Let's play a game. Head around the Internet and count up how many Beatles song puns there are as headlines or subheaders for reviews of the movie Yesterday. I mean, I went with one, obviously, and the few other reviews my peepers have lande...

 
 
 
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Bo Burnham: comedy in the age of anxiety

There is something undeniably addictive about Bo Burnham’s work, and watching Eighth Grade only deepened my appreciation for him. He intrigues and saddens me in equal measure because he’s prodigiously gifted. How can one person,...

 
 
 
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Review: Toy Story 4

There's an old adage within Pixar, that the prestigious animated studio wouldn't make sequels unless they had "better stories" than the originals. Ever since Cars 2 followed up a homely and relatable classic with espionage plots and literal...

 
 
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I'll never forget watching Inception in theaters

Children know that when school is over, it's time for the good movies. Superheroes, robots, aliens, and other out-worldly forces take over movie theaters to provide relief, escapism, and as we learn later in life, nostalgia. It is these sum...

 
 




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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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