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REVIEW: Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

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“Miss me?” With barely two years passed since the surprisingly excellent sequel, “Annabelle: Creation” and a scant half decade of life for the franchise, the titular deadly doll has finally come home to haunt the family of Ed and Lorraine

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Us (2019) Blu-Ray Release from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (2019)

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A film with great ideas and a flawed execution; Jordan Peele’s Us hits Blu-Ray with a plethora of special features that really open up the ideas involved in the execution and fundamental themes in the film. Going into 2019, one

REVIEW: 5B opens a window to the nascent era of the 1980s AIDS epidemic and spotlights the unseen human element that rose up in its wake.

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While directors Dan Knauss and Paul Haggis’ film 5B does an amazing job of putting the viewer in the midst of the xenophobia and fear surrounding the rise of the AIDS epidemic, the true wonder spotlighted is the human spirit

REVIEW: SHAFT is a throwback to the buddy cop comedies of the 80’s and the original blacksploitation classic.

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Black-ish creator and Girls Trip co-writer Kenya Barris along with Family Guy’s Alex Barnow craft a script that follows the too cool to suffer fools blueprint of the original franchise, while embedding it with a sense of the urban culture

REVIEW: TOY STORY 4 brings an emotional close to the story of Woody and the gang.

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Loyalty to those we care about and knowing when to let go are central themes in this bittersweet entry in Pixar’s signature series. I think growing up, most people have a toy or blanket or plush that they carried everywhere

REVIEW: THE DEAD DON’T DIE – an exercise in the zombie film genre that fails to truly spring to life.

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Director Jim Jarmusch continues to play with the idea of genre deconstruction with his work; this time tackling the zombie film canon. Yet, despite some impressive names & Jarmusch’s signature wryness, the film disappoints and struggles to utter what defines

REVIEW: THEY COME KNOCKING makes an attempt to spin a new kind of ghost story for Father’s Day.

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Blumhouse’s latest for Hulu’s monthly Into The Dark series melds elements of The Hills Have Eyes & Poltergeist but suffers from largely unlikeable characters acting against their own best interests to the nth degree. Upon the first watch of They

REVIEW: I AM MOTHER is an intriguing post-modern take on the idea of a robot apocalypse.

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Wearing its influences on its sleeve, I Am Mother plays on the notion of robot apocalypse with the flavor of James Cameron’s Terminator by way of Children of Men. By and large, the most effective and critically reviewed science fiction

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