Category Archives: Reviews

REVIEW: Black Mirror Season 5 hits on some provacative points in Striking Vipers, but provides overall mixed bag of social commentary in Smithereens and Rachel, Jack & Ashley Too.

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The latest season of Black Mirror hit Netflix on Thursday, June 5th with three new and highly anticipated episodes in a truncated fifth season. This season was something of a surprise as most of us thought that Netflix’s Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Black

REVIEW: X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX brings Fox era of X-Men Films to close with strong team ensemble film that frustrates with potential of what could have been.

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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX, writer/director Simon Kinberg’s directorial debut, delivers what fans have asked for years: an actual X-Men team ensemble comic book space opera that feels authentic to the comic book despite Fox’s mishmash of timeline jumping and missing characters.

REVIEW: BRIGHTBURN conjures up a new genre: the superhero sociopath slasher.

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Director David Yarovesky directs this dark spin on Man of Steel from writers Brian & Mark Gunn that plays with the Superman myth in interesting ways but loses its way due to characterization by plot. It’s not anything new in

REVIEW: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS shines when kaiju action takes center screen, but dims when human element is the spotlight.

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Godzilla: King of The Monsters presents the monster movie battle spectacles that you always wanted to see and movies like Rampage failed to deliver. But much like Godzilla (2014), it’s the bridge sequences between those fights with some puzzling acting

REVIEW: JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM delivers visceral thrills and rich world-building worthy of the franchise.

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John Wick 3 continues the tradition of epic world-building and spectacular stunt-driven setpieces established in previous films in the franchise while delivering a highly serialized third entry into its pantheon. John Wick 3 picks up exactly where John Wick 2

FILM REVIEW: LIFE LIKE subverts expectations and delivers human drama about the nature of one’s insecurities.

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While initially appearing to be a film in the mold of Ex Machina that teases the fine line between humanity and A.I., Life Like instead delivers a look at the void of ennui in modern life. When I first started

FILM REVIEW: ALL THAT WE DESTROY is an interesting modern take on the Frankenstein mythos.

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Blumhouse’s film anthology series on Hulu ‘Into the Dark’ serves up a new entry that may seem similar to Happy Death Day on the surface but bears more of it’s DNA from Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale. Hulu and Blumhouse’s

FILM REVIEW: POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU is this generation’s answer to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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With a generation weaned on the cartoons and various video and trading card games featuring Pokemon, their first live-action film appearance transcends their mythology in a noir-inspired mystery that engages non-fans and fans alike. There’s something to be said when

FILM REVIEW: Under The Silver Lake is a Lynchian neo-noir love letter to Los Angeles & the Hollywood Dream that loses it’s way.

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Ambitious & slickly made with a tour-de-force performance by Andrew Garfield, Under the Silver Lake ultimately bloats by not knowing where to stop or what to really say. There’s something to be said for having an audacious and personal second

FILM REVIEW: Avengers: Endgame provides a rich and satisfying conclusion to the Infinity Stone Saga.

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The saga of Marvel’s superheroic quest for the Infinity Stones over 20 films comes to an emotionally charged close in the Russo brothers’ highly anticipated sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. Back in 2008, that year’s most highly anticipated film was

FILM REVIEW: ‘Shazam!’ is a Standalone Family Comedy Superhero Film. And That’s Weirdly Refreshing.

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As we see comic book blockbuster tentpoles break records, it’s easy to forget that Hollywood was afraid of superheroes for long time. We would get one occasionally, and they were often great (Donner’s ‘Superman’ films, Burton’s ‘Batmans’) which made it

FILM REVIEW: Dumbo stumbles but ultimately takes flight as Tim Burton’s best film in years.

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Tim Burton crafts an interestingly subversive tale of a unique creation taken in by big business that requires outsiders to free it so it can reach its full potential away from a heavy-handed creative monopoly. When Dumbo hits theaters this

FILM REVIEW: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ is Almost a Masterpiece

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This review is broken into non-spoiler and spoiler portions.  Jordan Peele’s second film after the critical and box-office success of ‘Get Out’ is a fiendish screamer with a fair amount of imperfection. It is a total blast and seeing it with a

FILM REVIEW: Captain Marvel aims to lay heavy foundation for next phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe at the expense of a compelling origin tale.

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If there’s a lesson to be learned from the now 20 plus films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, its that the films which succeed the most as standalone films are those with a compelling cast of characters that actually feel

FILM REVIEW: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is a Melancholy Examination of what makes a man versus a myth

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When I was a kid growing up, folk tales were something that you’d hear about growing up, especially those about folk heroes like Paul Bunyan or John Henry. These were characters that were larger than life myths who raged against

FILM REVIEW: FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY wrestles with heart and determination in finding how far you’ll fight for your dream

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There’s a certain love affair that filmmakers have with the concept of pro-wrestling; this passion play of competition that shares much in common with the catharsis of Greek theater by way of the unending battles of principle found in a

FILM REVIEW: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is a Cyberpunk Techno-Marvel with Real Heart

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ does something remarkable. It is an eye-popping showcase for cutting-edge special effects without falling into the trap of dodgy writing and sub-par acting. Its biggest success however is finally showing the powerful potential of Anime and Manga being

FILM REVIEW: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is a rare sequel that improves on its original

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If you would’ve told me back in 2014 that one of the year’s best films would be a licensed animated cartoon based on LEGO construction block toys of most people’s youth, it would’ve been a hard sell. Licensed animated films