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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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Ms. Marvel Review: The New Disney+ Series

Ms. Marvel is a great live-action introduction to a character that will steal viewers’ hearts. Within the first two episodes, it’s clear that this is a coming-of-age type of story, an awakening of Kamala Khan as she navigates multiple issues. It’s exciting to see a new perspective on the coming-of-age tale, with the focus on …

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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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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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