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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

FILM REVIEW: VELVET BUZZSAW aims for style over substance in would-be art world satire meets horror mash-up

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There’s no question that writer/director Dan Gilroy has a gift for building suspense and crafting compelling characters. 2014’s Nightcrawler, a tale of a would-be camera-man selling videos of car crashes and mayhem to a struggling local news team, blurred the

REVIEW: ‘Bumblebee’ is a Nostalgia-Fueled Delight

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‘Bumblebee’ has succeeded in delivering such a well-realized and satisfying Transformers film that it’s mind-boggling it took six movies to get here. This is not only the best film in the franchise, it’s one of the most joyous film experiences

Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Review

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Anna and The Apocalypse Directed by John McPhail https://www.aatafilm.com/ Musicals were once an institute of American cinema but have only found sporadic success during the last half century. Some films might spin integral soundtracks but full on song and dance

The House That Jack Built “The Director’s Cut” (2018) Review

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The House That Jack Built (The Director’s Cut) Directed by Lars Von Trier www.ifcfilms.com/films/the-house-that-jack-built When the first reviews out of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival are “audiences walked out in disgust,” that’s usually the cue to head on in. The

The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018) Review

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The Possession of Hannah Grace Directed by Diederik Van Rooijen www.possessionofhannahgrace.movie/ “The Exorcist” is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year bearing the honorary title of “the scariest film ever made” and without a doubt could also be considered the most

Overlord (2018) Review

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Overlord Directed by Julius Avery https://www.paramount.com/movies/overlord The horrors of war are well known; they’ve been disseminated through top of the day news, harrowing firsthand accounts, battlefield reenactments and demonstrating the immense power of the medium, in the moving pictures and

Suspiria 2018 (Review)

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Suspiria (2018) Directed by Luca Guadgnino www.suspiria.movie Italian horror cinema in the twentieth century is long, storied and highly influential; besides issuing many benchmark films (including arguably the first slasher, “Twitch of the Death Nerve”) The Boot even birthed their