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The Fabelmans Review: The Best Film of the Year

Summer, 1975. I am 5 years old. I can remember images, feelings, and memories of memories. My father, on a Saturday, says that we’re going to a movie. It’s a fishing movie. My father loves fishing. My entire family does, although I have to say it never quite grabbed me, not as a child, and …

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Disenchanted Review: Is It as Magical As the First Film?

The world of fairytales is back and magic is afoot. Back in 2007, we all fell in love with Giselle, the fairytale princess played by Amy Adams. She was transported to New York City and fell in love with Robert (Patrick Dempsey). They and Robert’s daughter Morgan (Gabriella Baldacchino) have been living their happily ever …

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Review

The Beatles’ “Glass Onion” from The White Album is a self-referential piece, lyrically calling back to past Beatles songs, and at times deliberately obtuse. But it’s also a song that suggests that the listener shouldn’t overthink it too much and just enjoy the melody. If you’re looking for a deeper meaning, examine “Glass Onion” as …

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Review

After the unexpected death of T’Challa from an unknown disease, the nation of Wakada finds itself in mourning. Queen Ramonda has lost her son and Princess Shuri has not only lost her brother, but role model and hero. But there is little time to mourn as Wakanda finds itself in a time of major transition. …

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Armageddon Time Review

James Gray‘s coming-of-age film, Armageddon Time, is set in 1980. Most audiences would likely anticipate a nostalgic trip back in time, full of musical pop culture needle drops, lots of magic hour horizon shots, and big emotional Oscar bait moments with actors like Anthony Hopkins, Jeremy Strong, or Anne Hathaway giving heartfelt soliloquies as the …

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Rosaline Review: Romeo and Juliet From Another Perspective

It’s always fascinating to hear a story from a different perspective, especially ones we know so well. In the new Hulu Original film Rosaline, we’re getting William Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet, but from the perspective of Rosaline (Kaitlyn Dever), the woman Romeo mentions in the famous play before he sets eyes on Juliet. Romeo …

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Amsterdam Review: The New David O. Russell Film

Trying to both look forward to the future and reveal something about the past, David O. Russell‘s Amsterdam is, like most period films, less about ‘yesterday’ than ‘today’ but unsure which part of ‘today’ it’s aiming at. It wants to remind us of moments in the past to keep us from Santayana-like repetition of them, …

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Bones and All Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

Bones and All, the new film by director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), wastes no time in establishing itself. Young Maren (Taylor Russell), at a sleepover, suddenly attacks her host, nearly biting off her finger, and escaping in the night. Maren feels a compulsion to consume human flesh. Whether this is a physical …

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Werewolf by Night Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

One of my favorite aspects of Marvel Studios’ output so far is that it feels like it’s starting to compartmentalize a bit. Want cosmic adventure? Here’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Want street-level action? Try some Daredevil. Espionage and intrigue? The Winter Soldier or Black Widow await you. Much like the comic books, there are tracks …

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The Banshees of Inisherin Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges is a distinct kind of hitman movie, one with a lot on its mind, a moral clarity in a world of nefarious criminals, and with terrific performances by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. All three return for The Banshees of Inisherin, but while many of the components are the same, Banshees …

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Blonde Review: Ana de Armas Is Marilyn Monroe

Simultaneously explorative and deeply reductive, Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Blonde delves as deeply into Marilyn Monroe’s (Ana de Armas) battle between her public and private personae as anyone ever has, but the film only manages to find tired Freudian pop answers beneath the sediment. Joyce Carol Oates’ semi-biographical novel (Order Now) provides a moderate starting point, turning …

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Smile Review: Fantastic Fest 2022

There’s a trend going on in horror cinema that’s been happening for several years now – the exploration of past traumas and how they inform the present, often done metaphorically. That movie monster or thing that creeps the shadows of the room isn’t just a monster – it’s something horrific from the past that rears …

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Don’t Worry Darling Review

Alice Chambers (Florence Pugh) is happily married to Jack Chambers (Harry Styles). Every day, she wakes up, sends Jack to work at the enigmatic Victory Project, cleans house, cooks Jack dinner, welcomes him home with a glass of liquor and a loving embrace, goes to bed, often after making passionate love, wakes up the next …

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