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Alan Cerny

Alan Cerny has been writing about film for more than 20 years, for such sites as Ain't It Cool News, CHUD, Birth Movies Death, and ComingSoon. He is a member of the Houston Film Critics Society since 2011. STAR WARS biased. Steven Spielberg once called Alan a "very good writer" and Alan has the signed letter to prove it, so it must be true.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is Too Much, Too Little. For all the bombast and activity in this movie, the film feels strangely empty, a story in search of thematic meaning and spiritual resonance. This movie isn’t really about anything, while the first one, though smaller in scale, has more on its mind. …

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent Review

In a world of superheroes, cinematic universes, sequels, prequels, sidequels, and reboots, Nicolas Cage is his own intellectual property. Constantly working, making an on-the-cheap genre film one month, and a sensitive actor showcase the next, one cannot say that Cage hasn’t kept it interesting these 40 years since he burst on the film scene. He’s …

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Ambulance Review: One of Michael Bay’s Better Films

Critics (and I’ve been guilty of this myself) historically dismiss Michael Bay movies. The humor is lowbrow, the noise is cacophonic, the editing feels like the film reels (when they were shot on film) are being sliced up with a razor like a pile of cocaine on Scarface’s desk, and there are more explosions than …

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Everything Everywhere All at Once Review

I don’t normally write my reviews with too much personal reflection; I tend to talk about a film’s emotional resonance, whether the filmmakers succeed in their intentions or if they fall short. I’ll get into a bit of plot synopsis, and I normally wrap it up with examinations of the performances and the film’s overall …

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Jackass Forever Review

As one does not simply walk into Mordor, one does not simply review Jackass Forever without context. These movies and television show are the definition of “Not for everyone.” If there’s any story arc that links these films, it’s all what has happened offscreen. One of the members has passed away. Another, involved with litigation …

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The Matrix Resurrections Review

So what, exactly, is The Matrix Resurrections? Is it a reboot, a remake, a sequel? Well, it’s all three. After almost twenty years, we get both a progression of the story from The Matrix Revolutions and a new beginning of sorts, where everything gets wiped clean. It’s both a continuation and a commentary – while …

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West Side Story Review: A Masterpiece

West Side Story is spectacular. Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited musical is one of his finest films, and with a career like Spielberg’s, that is saying something. It all feels so effortless – the dazzling dance sequences, the passionate vocal performances from the actors, the marvelous camerawork from Janusz Kaminski, and through it all you can feel …

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Licorice Pizza Review: The New Paul Thomas Anderson Film

As the young ones say, Licorice Pizza is a mood. Another phrase that applies: your mileage may vary. For some, especially those from the Valley area of Los Angeles, Licorice Pizza will be a warm blanket of nostalgia, evocative of its time and place, full of interesting but relatable characters from a specific era (in …

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Marvel’s Eternals Movie Review

When it comes to their respective cinematic universes, so far the primary difference between DC and Marvel has been this: DC paints in broad strokes, mythic legends and stories under a contemporary setting. Marvel keeps things mostly focusing on character. Of course, both switch it up from time to time, but that’s been the general …

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Dune Review: Part One of Denis Villeneuve’s Epic

Dune (or Dune Part One as the opening credits assure us) is a towering cinematic achievement, with stunning visuals, confident direction, impressive art and sound design, a score that blasts you through the theater (or living room) wall, and performances that pull directly from Frank Herbert’s epic novel. However, Dune is also half a movie. …

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Lamb Review: The Dark Tale from Valdimar Jóhannsson

Maria (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason) are a husband and wife who farm and raise sheep in Iceland. They seem to live a contented life, in the middle of nowhere where half the year the sun is up at night. One day, Maria and Ingvar deliver a lamb from an expecting sheep, look …

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Stillwater Review: Matt Damon Stars in the Tom McCarthy Film

For nearly twenty years, Participant Media has been producing quality films that have been socially relevant while also striving to entertain and educate. Directors like Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Ana DuVernay, and Stillwater’s Tom McCarthy, under the Participant banner, have found award-winning success with films that feel relevant and urgent, but those filmmakers also know …

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Jungle Cruise Review: Disney’s Big Screen Adaptation

Why be one movie when you can be twelve? Who cares if it makes sense; just stuff them all in there. Stick Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Mummy, The African Queen, Pirates of the Caribbean, and a bunch of other movies in a blender, and there you have it. Therein lies the problem with …

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