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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: ‘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: ‘White Boy Rick’ is Stirring and Heartfelt but lacks Authenticity and edge

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‘White Boy Rick’ is a coming of age story that aims high but falls short of a being full-fledged gangster epic. It is ultimately unsatisfying but for everything it lacks in cohesive morality, it mostly makes up for in the

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: ‘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: ‘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: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is a Toothless Mess

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*Contains spoilers ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ starts with a ton of potential and nosedives into one of the most bafflingly terrible films I have seen in quite a while. The movie begins with a mercenary team venturing to the island from the

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