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Men Review: Alex Garland’s New Horror Film

Alex Garland has set an incredibly high bar for himself. From his directorial debut, Ex-Machina, to the highly-anticipated sophomore feature, Annihilation, to his recent turn on television with the sci-fi thriller Devs, his work in the genre realm has made an impact. This impact was once again felt when the title of his latest film, …

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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 Bad Guys Review: DreamWorks’ Animated Action Comedy

Once upon a time, there was a brilliant new animation company striving to bring new life and feeling — not to mention dollars — to feature animation. And there was DreamWorks Animation, which was supposed to become that company and didn’t. What it did become was the strange other brand to Disney / Pixar, creating …

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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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The Northman Review: A Viking Fable of Blood and Fire

Equal parts beautiful and desolate like a part of Iceland’s own volcanic countryside, The Northman is auteur Robert Eggers’ most straightforward film, making up in style what it gives up in the complexity of his previous films. Grabbing relentlessly from the tales of Hamlet and Beowulf, Eggers delves back into his continued curiosity about the …

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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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Moonfall Review: The New Roland Emmerich Film

While on a routine Space Shuttle mission in 2011, NASA astronauts Jocinda Fowl and Brian Harper experience a disaster that kills one of their crewmembers and disables their spacecraft. Amidst the chaos, Harper is the only one to see the cause – a strange alien cloud. After destroying their shuttle, the alien entity heads for …

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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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Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie Review

The third film tends to be tough for Spider-Man. The third Sam Raimi film suffered from competing priorities between filmmaker and producers resulting in multiple entries worth of story being crammed into one movie. The third Marc Webb Spider-Man topped that by never even happening after making the same mistake as the Raimi series, just …

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Review

After the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker finds himself dealing with the fallout of his secret identity being revealed to the world by J. Jonah Jameson and Mysterio. The press harasses him. The FBI begins investigating him. The public starts taking sides on whether he is a murderer or a hero. Teachers …

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