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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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Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review

Things aren’t going well between Venom and Eddie Brock. Eddie’s rules about not eating human brains begin to fuel resentment in the alien symbiote. And Eddie is being driven nuts by Venom’s chaotic antics. Matters aren’t helped by the fact that Anne has moved on with her life thus leaving them both depressed. In an …

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The Suicide Squad Review: Funny, Silly and Heartfelt

Some time after the events of Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey, Amanda Waller has a new mission for her misfit band of villains. A coup has recently taken place in a small Central American country. Unfortunately, the country has possession of an extraterrestrial weapon of mass destruction and the new president has a distinctly …

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Free Guy Review: Ryan Reynolds Is a Video Game NPC

Guy is an average fellow living in Free City. He has a job as a banker, follows a regular routine, and interacts with his fellow citizens in the exact same way every single day. But Guy realizes he is longing for something more when he meets the girl of his dreams. He instantly falls for her …

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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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The Green Knight Review: David Lowery’s Epic Fantasy Adventure

The Quest is one of the most well established story tropes in fiction, going all the way back to Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales, and even further. It is not the destination, but the journey that guides and dictates the story, as a wanderer learns of their destiny and their place in the world. All …

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Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins Review

Franchise movies with the word origins in the title don’t have the best track record of quality, but that doesn’t stop studios from making them; case in point, Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins, which promises to tell the backstory of the fan favorite character from the GI Joe animated series and Hasbro toy line. When …

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Black Widow Movie Review: One of the Better MCU Entries

Marvel Studios can call Black Widow a Phase IV movie in their Cinematic Universe if they want, but with the exception of the obligatory post-credit scene, this movie is Phase III all the way. You could slot Black Widow right after Captain America: Civil War or right after Doctor Strange, and it would fit perfectly. …

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The Forever Purge Review: The Rules Are Broken

It started out with a pretty simple idea, right? Create one night a year where everyone can do whatever they want in order to blow off their worst impulses so that they will live as peaceable law-abiding citizens the rest of the year. What could go wrong? Obviously, quite a lot and over its various …

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Black Widow Review: This Should Have Happened Years Ago

This Black Widow review should have been written a very long time ago, and I’m not talking about the pandemic-delayed release of the film. The character and Scarlett Johansson deserved this film long ago. Whatever Marvel Studios’ reasons were for waiting until Captain Marvel for a female-fronted superhero film, it was the wrong decision. We …

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F9 Review: Is the Latest Fast & Furious Film Up to Speed?

With F9 (and let’s face it, this series is just a harbinger of what is to come – all our movies will eventually become mere letters and numbers, like some strange form of Bingo. I am especially excited to see K6, A17, and W23 sometime in the near future) the Fast & Furious franchise has …

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F9 Review: Here’s What We Thought of the Newest Fast & Furious Film

Once upon a time there was a group of underprivileged youth making ends meet by hijacking trucks to steal home electronics. Then one thing led to another until they one day found themselves racing a submarine on an ice flow in order to save the world. Granted the phrase ‘one thing led to another’ is doing …

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