Tag Archives: 2018 reviews

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

REVIEW: ‘The Sisters Brothers’ is a Western Unlike Any You Have Ever Seen

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The first English-language film from French director Jacques Audiard, ‘The Sisters Brothers’ is a unique deconstructionist western that satisfyingly defies category. While its varying tone may be jarring to some viewers, the compelling story, fleshed-out characters and attention to detail

Review: ASSASSINATION NATION (2018) Style over substance derails an interesting & timely premise.

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Director Sam Levinson’s ASSASSINATION NATION is a muddled genre mishmash that works best when being a timely version of Heathers, but loses steam when trying to be a Purge-influenced parable for the modern age.

Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again does a good job of improving upon the concept of its predecessor. Rather the movie trying to fit the music, the songs in this sequel service the story.

REVIEW: ‘Eighth Grade’ is Anxiety-Ridden, Hilarious and True

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A24 and writer-director Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ throws aside the expected tropes of most indie coming-of-age films and manages to not only be one of the most honest portrayals of youth, but it may be the first true film of

Review: The Incredibles 2 (2018)

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Pixar’s first family of superheroes returns to the big screen in a sequel that highlights why Brad Bird truly understands the dynamics of what makes a hero tick.

Review: American Animals (2018) A Very Unique Take on Telling The Story Behind a Unique Crime

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A unique and engrossing film that is equal parts true crime documentary and scripted heist film with enthralling central performances.

Review: Hereditary (2018)

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Writer/Director Ari Aster makes an impressive feature film debut as an auteur in this inspired take on 1970’s horror channeling the best of Friedkin, Polankski and Kubrick and Robin Hardy.

Review: How To Talk To Girls At Parties (2018)

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Ann Rutkowski takes a look at the latest film adaptation from the work of author Neil Gaiman (Stardust, American Gods, Coraline) hitting theaters in the Valley June 1st

Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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The Russo Brothers manage to masterfully direct a ten years in the making epic film that gathers a sprawling cast of A-List characters and somehow manage to make the villain a compelling character worthy of the effort.

Review: Mask (2018)

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Director Bobby Razak explores the life of MMA entrepreneur Charles ‘Mask’ Lewis and how the rise of his popular brand Tapout was directly tied to the growth of Mixed Martial Arts and UFC in the late 1990s.

Review: Imitation Girl (2018)

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Lauren Ashley Carter plays a dual role in this unique science fiction film which evokes the spirit of films like Under The Skin and Annihilation

Review: Isle of Dogs (2018)

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Wes Anderson creates a whimsical fable about the importance of family in this animated follow-up to The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Review: Ready Player One (2018)

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Steven Spielberg reimagines Ernest Cline’s popular novel into an dazzling ode to our love affair with pop culture.

Review: Unsane (2018)

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Steven Soderbergh’s latest micro-feature starring The Crown’s Claire Foy and SNL alumni Jay Pharoah plays in the genre sandbox with a tale of a stalker finding the object of his desire in a morally and financially corrupt mental health clinic.

Review: Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

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Director Stephen S. DeKnight (Daredevil, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spartacus, Angel) takes the reins from Guillermo Del Toro in this sequel to the 2013 cult hit monsters vs. robots film in a mostly successful attempt to flesh it out into

REVIEW: Annihilation (2018) Alex Garland Delivers a Heady & Compelling Entry into the Hard Science Fiction Canon

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Writer/Director Alex Garland follows up 2015’s Ex Machina with a film that samples some of science fiction cinema’s heavy hitters to deliver a compelling narrative on what it means to be human.

REVIEW: Black Panther (2018): Marvel Reinvigorates Their Film Slate with a Much Needed Aspirational Hero

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Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is not a perfect film; but it creates a hero and universe that filmgoers can view as aspirational in the vein of Richard Donner’s Superman.