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Review: Koko-di Koko-da

A married couple attempts a camping trip, the first vacation they've had since an outing to celebrate their daughter's birthday. There is no child, now. They're alone, despondent, and aggravated as they twist through backroads before stoppi...

 
 
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Review: Rambo: Last Blood

Rambo: Last BloodDirector: Adrian GrunbergRating: RRelease Date: September 20, 2019 John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), the Vietnam veteran who has killed more people than I've ever met in my life now lives in Arizona with Maria (Adriana Barra...

 
 
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Review: Loro

Paolo Sorrentino seems most comfortable around the wealthy. Since Il Divo, one of the Italian art filmmaker's now-11 year old features, his films have doted in and out of the wealthiest of circles. In that film we were swept away by the cor...

 
 
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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: Promare

Sometimes you want to watch a dark horror where a creature of unspeakable terror stalks its prey in the middle of the night. Sometimes you want to watch a couple fall in love and survive against all adversity. Sometimes you want to watch a ...

 
 
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Review: One Cut of the Dead

One of my favorite things about low-budget filmmaking is that when you see the strings, when you feel the quirks and inconsistencies that haven't been edited, re-shot, or focus-grouped away you get to see the people within the movie. You se...

 
 
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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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Review: Satanic Panic

Most horror films try to spread the idea that your average devil worshiper is some basement-dwelling white dude who lives off-the-grid, has no income of his own, and is repellent to anyone with half a brain unfortunate enough to land anywhe...

 
 
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Review: The Peanut Butter Falcon

It feels like movies have been veering into darker and darker territory for a while now. James Bond is gritty, no-nonsense, and exceptionally brutal. The DCEU has pushed towards darker material before finding that a more balanced touch, or ...

 
 
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Review: Steven Universe: The Movie

Reviewing Steven Universe: The Movie feels awfully nostalgic for me. I remember growing up watching Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network and seeing made-for-TV movies of some of my favorite cartoons. The Fairly Odd Parents had Abra-Catastrophe a...

 
 
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Review: Artik

Artik is a film in which a man is hammered in the skull. Another has a fork skewered under his jaw. People are tortured and killed with impunity. Its straight edge hero, however, is forced to face the most damning torture of all: Against hi...

 
 
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Review: Clownado

Clownado, a movie entirely based on some lazy wordplay, found the most surefire way to get my undivided attention. What can I say? I'm a man of simple pleasures. This low-budget slice of horror/comedy has the added pleasure of conjuring in ...

 
 
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Review: Ready or Not

It's very rare for me to actually be excited by horror films. For whatever reason, my suspension of disbelief just doesn't work in that setting. Watching a character get chased by some demonic/psychotic killer doesn't fill me with dread bec...

 
 
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Review: Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

It's strange to think that a show like Invader Zim would still have a dedicated fanbase nearly 18 years since its initial release. Mostly I would think that its continued popularity has something to do with how hard it's hard to pin down Zi...

 
 
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Review: The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

My brother and I loved The Amazing Johnathan growing up. The stand-up comedian/magician specialized in oddball sleight of hand and strange props, and we’d often imitate the bit where he sticks a straw into his ear, pulls it out his mo...

 
 
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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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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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Review: Driven

The DMC-12 is the epitome of potential unfulfilled. Commonly known as the DeLorean, the stainless steel car never reached the aspirations of its creator, its legacy instead cemented in film as a time machine. John DeLorean was a mover and a...

 
 
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Review: Long Gone By

In small-town Warsaw, Indiana, mother Ana (Erica Muñoz) and her 17-year-old daughter Izzy (Izzy Hau’ula) are faced with what would have been an unthinkable future of separation just a few years ago. Fighting against strin...

 
 
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Review: Millennium Actress

We live in an age where we have instant access to any form of media at the drop of a hat. If you want to watch a new movie, all you need to do is to go to a movie theater and watch it. Or if you don't want to leave the comfort of your own h...

 
 
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Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

Greetings once more humans. It is I. Lacey the Bassett-Beagle. I have been doing me a snoozle for the past couple of months. There haven't been any good doggo movies for me to see. It did me a sad. Jesse saw A Dog's Purpose months ago, but ...

 
 
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Review: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Why do we watch movies or read books? Stories are often a form of entertainment, capable of inspiring, enlightening us, , instilling joy, or... terror. There's little you can't do with an open mind and a blank sheet of paper (or a laptop an...

 
 
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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: Dora and the Lost City of Gold

What a world we live in where Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a real movie. When you think of some TV shows for kids, it's almost impossible to imagine them as a live-action feature film. Sure, in theory you could make a movie adaptation ...

 
 
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Review: The Nightingale

The Nightingale is a rough film. Which is to say, it covers some serious ground in its trek across the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, and not to question its technical merits. Following her debut with The Babadook in 2014, Jennifer Kent conti...

 
 
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Review: The VelociPastor

The VelociPastor is the kind of movie where despite knowing for a fact that it could never live up to its title, you still soldier ahead hoping against hope that you can tell people that they need to see The VelociPastor. You want to name d...

 
 
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Review: Nekrotronic

Despite its blasts of gore and streaks of profanity, Nekrotronic has a pure straight-to-cable energy. Its central conceit of demons attempting to use an app game to infect all the world's souls is cute and novel, the sort of idea that netwo...

 
 
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Review: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 3)

It's been a hot few months, so it must be time for a new season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. It feels weird that I've become as obsessed about this show as I've had, but ever since the series debuted last November on Netflix, it's...

 
 
 
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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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Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 Episode 10 - "Leap"

A silly pet peeve of mine is when people label any television episode in a confined space a "bottle episode." That's one of the requirements for sure, but in the spirit of problem-solving in filmmaking, it has to solely take place on one of...

 
 
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Review: Luz

When a film leans heavily into a retro aesthetic, I sometimes wonder how much is homage and how much of it is an affectation for cachet. Homage I’m fine with, but I have a hard time with filmmakers posturing for cred. I say this becau...

 
 
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SXSW Review: The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of  Self-Defense is the kind of film that continually evolves from the moment you start watching it. Actually, it probably starts changing even before that. Its plot description belies its actuality and even if you've seen dire...

 
 
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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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Review: Iron Sky: The Coming Race

Hey kids, do you remember Sarah Palin? What feels like centuries ago, in the years bordering 2010, the former Alaska governor became something of a firebrand when she ran with John McCain's doomed 2008 presidential bid. The thought of this ...

 
 
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Review: Stuber

It is no secret that I am a fan of wrestlers in movies. I'm also a massive fan of buddy cop movies, which you can learn more about in this weekend's FlixList. So when I found out that former WWE Champion and Guardians of the Galaxy comedy l...

 
 




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Koko-di Koko-da"Groundhog Day for grieving parents"

 

Rambo: Last Blood"Rambome Alone"

 

Loro"Sympathy for the Devil"

 

Hustlers"Hustle 'n bustle"

 

The Goldfinch"The real deal or fool's gold?"

 

Promare"BURN TO THE GROUND"

 

One Cut of the Dead"Heart-felt brain munching"

 

IT Chapter Two"But are there vomiting turtles?"

 

Satanic Panic"Always tip your drivers"

 

The Peanut Butter Falcon"Who doesn't like Mark Twain?"

 

Artik"The evils of murder and whiskey"

 

Clownado"Cyclownin' around"

 

Ready or Not"Let's play a game"

 

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus"PHASE TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

 

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary"The man, the meth, the legerdemain"

 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette"Eh, she'll come back eventually"

 

Good Boys"Kissing party"

 

Driven"John DeLorean's shattered dream "

 

Long Gone By"Moral conundrum with ice cream "

 

Millennium Actress"A classic revived"

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain"No paws, all wheels"

 

The Kitchen"Half-cooked"

 

Dora and the Lost City of Gold"Can you say "mediocre?""

 
 
 
 
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