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Cruella Review: The Emmas Deliver the Fireworks

Stylish, calculating and beautiful with a pair of perfectly-pitched performances from its two leads, Cruella is an apt reflection of the life its heroine (Emma Stone) wants to lead but may be a decade too late in getting there. A prequel humanizing a villain from a 50-year-old film who literally has ‘devil’ as part of …

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A Quiet Place Part II Review: The Abbott Family Is Back

When last we saw the Abbott family in A Quiet Place, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), Regan (Millicent Simmonds), and Marcus (Noah Jupe) had figured out a way to fight back against the aliens that had invaded Earth. While the blind aliens were able to track their prey through sound, excessive aural feedback caused them to open …

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In the Heights Review: Beautiful and Wonderful

When it comes to my personal taste in musicals, I can sum it up in a phrase: “Go big or go home.” Movie musicals play with huge emotions, a sweeping grandeur of elegant conflict that can only be expressed through music, song, and dance; full of bodies moving in unison, and what begins as a …

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Wrath of Man Review: Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham Reunite

When it comes to crime films, Guy Ritchie has a distinctive style. Most of them are about a group of British lads, who manage to stumble into a situation that could either make them a lot of money or get a lot of them killed, but through tenacity, bravado, and the occasional odd circumstance manage …

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Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Review

As Hollywood has been slowly overrun with more and more superhero films, many pages of digital ink have been spilled about how and why that has been so. A lot of those think pieces take the stance that the superhero film is childish, homogenous and risk averse as opposed to the adult-oriented entertainment studios used …

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Mortal Kombat Review: A Blast, But Not a Flawless Victory

In Warner Bros.’ new Mortal Kombat movie, we follow a new character named Cole Young (Lewis Tan). He’s a washed up MMA fighter with a wife and daughter. He’s had a dragon marking from birth, and he assumes it’s just a birthmark. What it actually is will change his life, as he’s pulled into a …

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This Is Not a War Story Review: The Talia Lugacy Drama

This Is Not a War Story is lying right from the title card, and that’s okay. It is most definitely a war story, even if all of its stories of war take place off screen and in the past through occasional remanences. But if This Is Not a War Story is low on pyrotechnics, it’s …

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Nobody Review: The Bob Odenkirk Action Thriller

If ten years ago I had made a list of sentences I would never write in a review, surely ”enjoying a Bob Odenkirk action movie” would have to have been one of them. And yet that reality has come to pass and mostly successfully if somehow both broad and shallow. Odenkirk’s reinvention as a solid …

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Review

With the first episode now streaming on Disney+, Vital Thrills’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier review is here! Read on to learn all about the exciting new Marvel Studios series and let us know what you think about the show in the comments. After the events of Avengers: Endgame, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and …

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Raya and the Last Dragon Review

Raya and the last Dragon is a gorgeous piece of modern animation from the studio that still does it better than anyone. And it’s also finely tuned family entertainment from the studio that does that better than anyone. Putting those two things together, however, frequently results in surface-oriented fun with little beneath that surface because …

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Land Review: Robin Wright’s Directorial Debut

Beautiful, sad and distant, Land is like the mountainous horizon would-be woodswoman Edee (Robin Wright) spends much of her time gazing at: a picture-perfect artifice which may be full of significance but is just as likely a mere empty view. On the surface it is an elegantly-paced tone poem of reflection, juxtaposing the uncaring beauty …

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The Marksman Review: The New Liam Neeson Action Thriller

It would be very easy to write The Marksman off as an empty action thriller playing around with evil émigré tropes like a child with a hand grenade, because that’s mostly what it is. A low-key chase film built on the personal salvation of a child in trouble, it plays with stereotypes in a way …

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Greenland Review: The Disaster Film Starring Butler and Baccarin

If Hollywood be our guide, great natural disasters have no greater purpose than to focus a long-standing interpersonal conflict (usually a married couple) and give the participants one big chance to clear it up. Mother Nature isn’t just the personification of our system of physical laws making sure the world works the way it needs …

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Freaky Review: The New Body-Swap Horror Comedy

Millie doesn’t have a lot going for her. She’s unpopular at school. She’s bullied by other girls as well as her teacher. Her mother is an alcoholic. And as the school mascot, even the football players pick on her. Her only comforts are her friends Nyla and Josh. As if things weren’t bad enough, there’s a serial …

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Honest Thief Review: The New Liam Neeson Action Thriller

Honest Thief is not honest at all. It sells itself as the latest in the modern line of post-Taken Liam Neeson action vehicles. The ones that trade on his gravitas and high octane set pieces in lieu of coherent plots or strong dialogue. Honest Thief only has half of that, with a budget and production …

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Rebecca Review: The Thriller Starring Lily James and Armie Hammer

Adapting a classic, with a classic reputation, is always tricky. Almost as tricky as a director with a settled style stretching himself into new directions. Both are treacherous, filled with pitfalls and observers eager to point out how the earlier stuff was better. And there’s a lot of risk, too, because there’s a lot of …

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