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Bullet Train Review

Pretty, lighthearted, charming and as fleeting as its namesake, Bullet Train is also a pointless exercise in action filmmaking from 25 years ago but with little to offer today. Filled with nameless, unformed characters thrown back in and forth in time in a constant struggle to provide both context and surprise, Bullet Train‘s inability to …

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Prey Review: A Fantastic Predator Movie

Prey is the best Predator movie since… well, Predator. It deepens and enriches the mythology of the franchise but is also unique and stands on its own as a movie. You can enjoy the callbacks, or you can appreciate a ripping good adventure yarn well told without all the baggage. This will probably be in …

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Nope Review: Jordan Peele’s Intense New Thriller

Jordan Peele’s third film, Nope, is another intense thriller, full of context, theme, and flourish. Comparisons to Steven Spielberg or John Carpenter are accurate; Peele uses similar tricks and skills to entertain, frighten, and captivate audiences. He also has a need to tell stories full of metaphor and social awareness, but he also doesn’t want …

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The Gray Man Movie Review

Overloaded, overwrought and overwhelming, The Gray Man movie is the kind of set piece oriented, cliché ridden action spectacle that used to be Hollywood’s bread and butter but has become so rare it’s almost alien when placed before us. Wallowing in light characters and an unbelievable plot as much its stars charisma and some wildly …

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Thor: Love and Thunder Review #2

After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has joined the Guardians of the Galaxy for adventures across the universe. But as he tries to find himself, he’s unable to attain inner peace and self-fulfillment. However Thor is forced to set aside his identity crisis when a new threat emerges – Gorr the God …

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Thor: Love and Thunder Review

Thor: Love and Thunder, unlike Taika Waititi‘s previous entry, Thor: Ragnarok, suffers from familiarity. Ragnarok was refreshingly comedic – at that point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it felt like we had seen everything the character of Thor had to offer. But then audiences saw that Chris Hemsworth, if given the opportunity, can be quite …

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Mr. Malcolm’s List Review

Regency era romance fans, we are being fed well. Shondaland’s Bridgerton series has captured the hearts and titillated the senses of viewers everywhere, which has had the benefit of getting similar projects greenlit. We have an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion coming to Netflix on July 15, and — at long last — we are …

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Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe Review

Since Beavis and Butt-Head premiered on MTV back in the 1990s, we’ve gotten all kinds of irreverent animated shows over all kinds of networks. Some are better than others, but all of them owe a debt in some way to these two Highland Texas teenagers just wanting to score, and who both scale the world …

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Elvis Review: Austin Butler Is Elvis Presley

I saw Elvis Presley live in concert. It was March 1974, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I was four years old. I don’t remember it very well, but I do have flashes, images in my mind. I remember seeing my parents losing their minds, even though the stage, to my tiny four-year-old eyes, …

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Lightyear Review: Buzz Lightyear’s Origin Story

The concept for Lightyear is so simple, it’s no wonder Disney-Pixar had difficulty explaining it to the masses: this is Andy’s, the little boy from the first three Toy Storys, favorite movie. So it stands to reason that he would go nuts over a Buzz Lightyear doll – excuse me, action figure. It’s a wonderful …

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Jurassic World Dominion Review #2

Jurassic World Dominion is the perfect Jurassic Park sequel in that it does what all of the films in the series have: tease interesting science fiction concepts with world-changing implications it has no interest in beyond set up for its next inventive set piece. Bombastic, long but frequently thrilling, Jurassic World Dominion succeeds at what …

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Jurassic World Dominion Review

Several years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, dinosaurs have spread throughout the world. Clashes between mankind, modern wildlife, and the prehistoric beasts have escalated. Black markets dealing in dinosaurs begin to thrive. Governments and environmental groups do their best to intervene and relocate the beasts to sanctuaries, but it is a difficult …

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Top Gun: Maverick Review

Bombastic, over the top and unapologetically fun, Top Gun: Maverick is the Platonic ideal of an entertaining studio film, a standard bearer for what those words mean and how they can be achieved. Of course what they do mean is different for different people. Slick, lacking rough edges or idiosyncrasy with dialogue forever in search …

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Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers Review

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers is a film for no one, interested in neither its source material nor anyone who would have liked said material, embarking on a vain quest for reinvention. The last ten years of tentpole filmmaking have taught us thoroughly the profits and pitfalls of nostalgia. It’s an inducement to the theater …

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