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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

REVIEW: ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ is a Breathtaking Monument to Practical Stunts

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‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ marks a departure for the franchise. Previous to this installment, every ‘Mission’ has had a different director and feel. The films often felt like they were not in the same genre. From De Palma’s 70s conspiracy-thriller meets 90s blockbuster,

REVIEW: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ is Violent, Problematic and one of the Most Satisfying Sequels in Years

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Despite a deeply morose tone and overly simplistic worldview that is likely to offend many, ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ is an expertly realized thriller that largely echoes the quality of the first film and is more satisfying in many ways. ‘Soldado’ is

Review: ‘It’ (2017) – Even the Losers Get Lucky Sometimes

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The newest adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal 1986 novel ‘It’ is a remarkable achievement. This film never forgets what makes this story special: the loveable losers at its center. It is joyful and laugh-out-loud funny and never becomes too dour. Set

‘Dunkirk’ is the most Viscerally Harrowing Thrill Ride of the Summer

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Christopher Nolan seems like a serious fellow. As an interview subject his words are measured and spoken quietly. He creates powerful images and sweeping stories. For all their occasional dreary over-seriousness, Nolan’s films demand attention. They have become a sort

Review: War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is a striking, immaculately-realized and challenging film, a stunning technical achievement that took my breath away more than once, and a moderately disappointing ending to this remarkable trilogy. Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 ‘Rise of the

Review: The Exhausting, Weaponized Stupidity of ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ (2017)

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Two hours into a ‘Transformers’ movie, something happens to me. It’s like this every time. Sometime after the fifth giant action sequence and before Optimus Prime makes his speech to the Autobots I start to question everything. Is it hot

‘Get Out’ – Secrets, Easter eggs and References from Jordan Peele’s Commentary

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  We are currently halfway through 2017 and ‘Get Out’ is still my favorite film of the year. It has remained consistently fascinating and re-watchable. I saw it four times in theaters. I love it. Judging from the 99% fresh

Review: The Wall (2017)

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One of the most interesting films of the year is an Iraq war movie starring John Cena. I know… I’m as surprised as you are.

Review: The Void (2017)

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The Void Directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski From the Great White North enclave known as Astron-6 (“Manborg,” “Father’s Day”) and an extremely successful IndieGoGo campaign is born a horror that is equal parts homage and homegrown madness and

REVIEW: Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

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Whatever one’s view of sequels may be, especially in horror and its related subsets which are well known for a glut of garbage, Blumhouse may have finally found the formula for cinematic cold fusion, mainlining into their many franchises, including

Review: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

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The Purge: Election Year (2016) Within three years (one shy of a full, traditional US presidential term), “The Purge” franchise has finally found it’s voice and vote with “Election Year.” It’s the finale of a series that started as a