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Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes has been writing about film and the entertainment industry since 2004 and served as the President of the Houston Film Critics Society from 2012 to 2019. In 2015 he became a co-owner/publisher of Red 5 Comics and in 2018 wrote the series "Kulipari: Dreamwalker" for Netflix. In between he continues his lifelong quest to find THE perfect tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich combination.

Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi – A Look Back

In the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the end of the Skywalker Saga, we will be taking a look back at all of the Saga films and re-evaluating them and their legacy as a whole. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi Either a reaction to the creative …

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Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith – A Look Back

In the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the end of the Skywalker Saga, we will be taking a look back at all of the Saga films and re-evaluating them and their legacy as a whole. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith In the look back on …

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Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones – A Look Back

In the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the end of the Skywalker Saga, we will be taking a look back at all of the Saga films and re-evaluating them and their legacy as a whole. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones The transition film from the …

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Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace – A Look Back

In the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the end of the Skywalker Saga, we will be taking a look back at all of the Saga films and re-evaluating them and their legacy as a whole. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Here’s where things get weird. As much …

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Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi – A Look Back

In the run-up to the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the end of the Skywalker Saga, we will be taking a look back at all of the Saga films and re-evaluating them and their legacy as a whole. Star Wars: Episode VI The Return of the Jedi Now that we’ve dispensed …

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1917 Review: Sam Mendes Film Takes the Breath Away

As a war film, 1917 doesn’t have much in the way of new ideas to offer — and maybe there aren’t any for the genre now — but it’s so elegantly crafted it takes the breath away. The story is simple: a pair of infantrymen have been given a message to deliver across nine treacherous …

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Frozen 2 Review: The Sequel Is Unable to Move Forward

Sequels need to look forward. They almost never do; it’s very difficult to conceptualize an interesting new character in the first place and doing so out of the blue means tying them in concretely to the story of the introduction which usually also has a concrete end. Their lives may go on, but the most …

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Charlie’s Angels Review: The New Film Comes Crashing Down

As frequently funny as it is frequently messy, the newest iteration of the Charlie’s Angels franchise has all the ingredients for success but never gets them together. A strong supporting cast, a solid vision for the film and top-tier department heads should, and occasionally do, create a zippy action comedy with just enough more on …

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Last Christmas Review: So Many Missed Opportunities

There are good films and there are bad films and there are the worst films — the cinematic equivalents of a five-talent ballplayer who never gets out of the minors. They sound good on paper but just never live up to their potential. Last Christmas is one of those films which should be so much …

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Review

What makes Maleficent: Mistress of Evil so boring? Is it the ramshackle plot which flits from character to character building up a giant climax without stakes or interest? Is it the strangeness of grafting large action pieces and violent character death onto children’s story characters? Is it the focus on world-building and mythology over character …

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Gemini Man Review: Two Will Smiths Face Off in Ang Lee Film

For all the questions about the nature of humanity inherent in the premise, no one has yet made a good movie about cloning. From The 6th Day to Never Let Me Go to even Parts: The Clonus Horror or Duncan Jones’ superior Moon, everyone who comes into contact with the subject seems to prefer it …

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Ad Astra Review: Startlingly Beautiful with One of Pitt’s Best Performances

Man is a solitary creature. If there is anything to take from James Gray’s loving, and lovingly strange, 2001: A Space Odyssey hat tap, it’s the aching hole inside individuals which no amount exploration or discovery can fill. That may not be particularly comforting to fans of human scientific advancement, but its combination of cynicism …

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Downton Abbey Review: Continuation, Repetition, Encapsulation

Continuation. Repetition. Encapsulation. In the realm of the TV translation to film, these are the three potential options for what the audience will receive. A continuation of the story from its last episode, potentially with greater stakes and changes to the status quo on offer. A repetition of the most loved story lines in order …

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold Review

Surely the most dreaded words in all of feature film development must be “it needs a new direction.” [Followed closely by “I have a few notes”]. Not that searching for a new direction is bad, some fantastic films have come from creatives throwing out what came before and in the process re-discovering an original truth. …

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Review

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is exactly what you think it is – a film with a ridiculously convoluted title. It’s also big, dumb, loud and frequently great fun. It’s the kind of movie Michael Bay thinks he’s making, but isn’t. It’s also frequently not the film it thinks it is. Mainly because …

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