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West Side Story Review: A Masterpiece

West Side Story is spectacular. Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited musical is one of his finest films, and with a career like Spielberg’s, that is saying something. It all feels so effortless – the dazzling dance sequences, the passionate vocal performances from the actors, the marvelous camerawork from Janusz Kaminski, and through it all you can feel …

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Licorice Pizza Review: The New Paul Thomas Anderson Film

As the young ones say, Licorice Pizza is a mood. Another phrase that applies: your mileage may vary. For some, especially those from the Valley area of Los Angeles, Licorice Pizza will be a warm blanket of nostalgia, evocative of its time and place, full of interesting but relatable characters from a specific era (in …

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Encanto Review: Disney’s Magical Family Tale

Once upon a time the format for Disney Animation was simple and unchanging – take a well-known fable or children’s story, add high level ballads and funny animal or magic characters, mix thoroughly and produce fun kids’ perennial. In reality it missed almost as often as it hit, but years of VCR babysitting and endless …

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Marvel’s Eternals Movie Review

When it comes to their respective cinematic universes, so far the primary difference between DC and Marvel has been this: DC paints in broad strokes, mythic legends and stories under a contemporary setting. Marvel keeps things mostly focusing on character. Of course, both switch it up from time to time, but that’s been the general …

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Eternals Review: The Chloé Zhao-Directed Marvel Studios Film

With one or two really, really well-known exceptions, it’s become the kiss of death for a fantasy sci-fi epic to open with a scroll of exposition. Not because it presages filmmaker’s concerns that audiences won’t understand enough of the nuances of the backstory to properly engage with the prime narrative. But because the opening in …

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Dune Review: Part One of Denis Villeneuve’s Epic

Dune (or Dune Part One as the opening credits assure us) is a towering cinematic achievement, with stunning visuals, confident direction, impressive art and sound design, a score that blasts you through the theater (or living room) wall, and performances that pull directly from Frank Herbert’s epic novel. However, Dune is also half a movie. …

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Lamb Review: The Dark Tale from Valdimar Jóhannsson

Maria (Noomi Rapace) and Ingvar (Hilmir Snær Guðnason) are a husband and wife who farm and raise sheep in Iceland. They seem to live a contented life, in the middle of nowhere where half the year the sun is up at night. One day, Maria and Ingvar deliver a lamb from an expecting sheep, look …

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage Review

Things aren’t going well between Venom and Eddie Brock. Eddie’s rules about not eating human brains begin to fuel resentment in the alien symbiote. And Eddie is being driven nuts by Venom’s chaotic antics. Matters aren’t helped by the fact that Anne has moved on with her life thus leaving them both depressed. In an …

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The Suicide Squad Review: Funny, Silly and Heartfelt

Some time after the events of Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey, Amanda Waller has a new mission for her misfit band of villains. A coup has recently taken place in a small Central American country. Unfortunately, the country has possession of an extraterrestrial weapon of mass destruction and the new president has a distinctly …

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Free Guy Review: Ryan Reynolds Is a Video Game NPC

Guy is an average fellow living in Free City. He has a job as a banker, follows a regular routine, and interacts with his fellow citizens in the exact same way every single day. But Guy realizes he is longing for something more when he meets the girl of his dreams. He instantly falls for her …

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Stillwater Review: Matt Damon Stars in the Tom McCarthy Film

For nearly twenty years, Participant Media has been producing quality films that have been socially relevant while also striving to entertain and educate. Directors like Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Ana DuVernay, and Stillwater’s Tom McCarthy, under the Participant banner, have found award-winning success with films that feel relevant and urgent, but those filmmakers also know …

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Jungle Cruise Review: Disney’s Big Screen Adaptation

Why be one movie when you can be twelve? Who cares if it makes sense; just stuff them all in there. Stick Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Mummy, The African Queen, Pirates of the Caribbean, and a bunch of other movies in a blender, and there you have it. Therein lies the problem with …

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