Category: Reviews

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Don’t Worry Darling

Too many words have already been written about the troubled production of Don’t Worry Darling. On-set feuds between director and star, certain ne’er-do-well actors releasing compromising voicemails, even a possible spitting controversy at the film’s tempestuousRead Full Review

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Moonage Daydream

The David Bowie estate has always been careful about any cinematic interpretations of his life and career. This was true even before Bowie’s death in 2016. Todd Haynes made one of the seminal films aboutRead Full Review

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The Woman King

In the wilderness of West Africa in 1823, the kingdom of Dahomey lived amongst other tribes whose power and influence fluctuated with the rise of the European slave trade. What separated Dahomey from the restRead Full Review

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Breaking

The legacy of the 1975 masterpiece Dog Day Afternoon is that every single bank robbery/hostage drama since has in some way borrowed from it. It’s become one of those inescapable things, like trying to make aRead Full Review

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The Good Boss

Because we’ve all seen movies before, we know that Javier Bardem’s egomaniacal factory owner in The Good Boss will be anything but good. The title is a sly nod to its audience that knows that theRead Full Review

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Three Thousand Years of Longing

Mythical fables involving wish-granting genies are some of the oldest stories we’ve ever told. They are almost always parables about the unforeseen consequences of getting what we’ve always wanted. The latest film from George Miller, Three ThousandRead Full Review

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Beast

Watching Beast is watching the perfection of a movie that has a complete understanding of what it is. There are no sly tricks, no unbroken promises. There is the assurance of suspense, characters hampered by domestic drama,Read Full Review

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Bodies Bodies Bodies

There are some legitimate reasons for the cultural fascination around Gen Z youths. The first generation with no experience of a pre-internet world has, no surprise, very skewed perceptions on society and human behavior. The banalRead Full Review

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Emily the Criminal

The post-Parks and Recreation career of Aubrey Plaza has been exponentially more interesting than I ever could have predicted. In between the occasional Hollywood paychecks of Dirty Grandpa or Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, she has beenRead Full Review

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Prey

The Predator has traveled throughout the film series. He’s been to the Central American jungle, he’s been to 90’s gangland Los Angeles. He’s fought the xenomorph alien from Alien both here and abroad. One place he’sRead Full Review

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Resurrection

How would you behave if the devil returned after twenty years? You might act kind of like Margaret Ballion, a high-ranking medical executive and single parent, whose life is lived by specific rules and preciseRead Full Review

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The Gray Man

The Russo brothers have directed some of the highest grossing films in movie history. Their work within the MCU is the peak of populist cinema, kitchen sink ensembles with every superhero you can think of.Read Full Review

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Nope

The evolution of Jordan Peele from the second most famous person in a beloved sketch comedy duo to Oscar-winning horror director happened in a flash. In his third film, Nope, Peele makes the leap from didactic psychological terror to full-blown blockbuster thriller.Read Full Review

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Fire of Love

Fire of Love is a story about love within the ash of active volcanoes. The romance between our two main characters is volcanic in its passion, and the footage of the volcanoes is passionate in itsRead Full Review

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The Sea Beast

One would have to search the high seas for a Netflix original animated film that has caught with critics and audiences. Last year’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines is an exception, but that one is alsoRead Full Review

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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

In Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Lesley Manville plays the titular Ada Harris, an English cleaning woman with an infectious, can-do spirit and the patented stiff upper lip. It’s a movie character we’ve seen before; aRead Full Review

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Thor: Love and Thunder

We’ve lost Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow (not to mention, The Incredible Hulk seems lost in an unidentified hiatus). Which leaves Thor, the last of the Phase One Avengers, and actor Chris Hemsworth,Read Full Review

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

It seems pretty simple, at first. An anthropomorphized shell with a beady eye and a pair of pink shoes shares his unique experience of the world. His life is narrow to us, but to himRead Full Review

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Official Competition

The film industry satire is almost as old as the industry itself. The navel gazing aspect of the genre can lead to something that is more vain than deconstructive, and perhaps that’s why so manyRead Full Review

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Cha Cha Real Smooth

We are still feeling the ripple effects of mumblecore, an American indie film movement that really spearheaded a particular kind of cinematic mediocrity that somehow passed for art. I don’t mean to say that thereRead Full Review

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Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

The politics of the bedroom is the central focus of Good Luck to You, Leo Grande. Emma Thompson plays Nancy Stokes, a widow and retired school teacher on the other side of sixty. Her life hasRead Full Review

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Hustle

One of Adam Sandler’s many everyman traits that he touts in interviews and various celebrity appearances is that he loves basketball. I, too, love basketball. I also love Adam Sandler movies – well, at leastRead Full Review

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Crimes of the Future

The Canadian film director David Cronenberg has been consistently grossing out audiences for over fifty years. He is the undisputed face of body horror, a storyteller who spends no time deciphering between the grotesque and the sensual.Read Full Review

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The Bob’s Burgers Movie

There isn’t much to be said here. The Bob’s Burgers Movie is essentially a 100-minute episode of the enduringly popular animated series Bob’s Burgers. Fans of the show will get what they want: clever, hilarious dialogue withRead Full Review

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Top Gun: Maverick

Not much has changed for Naval Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the last thirty-six years. Despite a well-decorated career as one of the world’s most skilled jet pilots, he has passed on promotions that would gainRead Full Review

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Men

When our long-suffering heroine, Harper Marlowe (played by Jesse Buckley), arrives at her holiday cottage in the countryside, she sees an apple tree. Picking one off the branch, she takes a bite, instantly recalling EveRead Full Review

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Happening

The timeliness of Happening is not incidental. I don’t mean that this French abortion drama timed its release with a heartbreaking American news cycle. I mean that part of the film’s thesis is that there is neverRead Full Review

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On the Count of Three

Two friends damaged by abusive childhoods. One of them is in a psych ward after attempting suicide. The other is paralyzed by his own emotional stasis. Neither wants to live, so why not help eachRead Full Review

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Montana Story

In a scene boosted by stunning scenic imagery in the second half of Montana Story, one of our main characters (played by Haley Lu Richardson) speaks of the indoctrination she received as a child for natural wonder. ThisRead Full Review

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Anaïs In Love

“I’m too carefree,” expresses the title character midway through Anaïs In Love, “A voice tells me ‘You could die tomorrow, so make the most of it’”. From the opening frame, Anaïs moves like a character whoseRead Full Review

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The Northman

Through three films, Robert Eggers has shown us a wide variety of grotesqueries, ranging from the haunted spirits of The Witch to the self-imposed depravities of The Lighthouse. His latest (and, by far, his biggest) film travels allRead Full Review

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Petite Maman

As Petite Maman opens, the eight-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) politely says goodbye to several old women in a hospital, dutifully visiting each room and giving a fond but final “au revoir“. Saying goodbye is important to her, andRead Full Review

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Ambulance

How do I come to grips with Ambulance? The film is directed by Michael Bay, a filmmaker I’d long considered to be the definition of cinematic dearth, a panderer of racist and misogynistic stereotypes whose derangedRead Full Review

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The Lost City

Early in The Lost City, our heroine, best-selling author Loretta Sage (played with wondrous charm and aplomb by Sandra Bullock), is given a sequined jumpsuit to wear for the first event of her much-awaited book tour.Read Full Review

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Everything Everywhere All At Once

Everything Everywhere All At Once reaches levels of absurdity mostly unseen outside of Charlie Kaufman or David Lynch. Its endless appetite for zaniness can feel (and did feel) like an assault of quirk – aRead Full Review

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Ahed’s Knee

There’s an aggression to the intellectuality of Nadav Lapid’s two latest films. 2019’s Synonyms was a blistering character study of a rowdy young man, and former IMF soldier, trying to flee his military obligations in Israel.Read Full Review

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Deep Water

Adrian Lyne is the master of a genre that no longer exists. His erotic thrillers of the 80’s and 90’s were massive hits which titillated audiences and maximized the sex appeal of their stars. The summitRead Full Review

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Great Freedom

In the aftermath of World War II, Germany began an arduous journey toward rebuilding; a process that continues to this day. Even after the Allies took down Hitler and emptied the concentration camps, freedom was notRead Full Review

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The Batman

In both the first and final acts of The Batman, director Matt Reeves plays the somber sounds of Nirvana’s “Something In The Way”, the morose song that ends their iconic album Nevermind, released in 1991. Nirvana is aRead Full Review

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Turning Red

The marriage between Pixar and Disney has turned shaky. Pixar was once the heavy-hitter of Disney’s arsenal, providing both the massive box office returns the studio is accustomed to and consistent high marks on theRead Full Review

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After Yang

There’s a reason the uncanny valley is such a rich soil for science fiction. It lies at the heart of the human race’s existential crisis – in our attempts to create life (and prolong it),Read Full Review

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Cyrano

Cyrano de Bergerac is one of movie history’s most beloved protagonists, portrayed countless times including the Oscar-winning performance by José Ferrer, an Oscar-nominated performance from Gérard Depardieu, and Steve Martin in the charming, contemporary retelling Roxanne.Read Full Review

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Jackass Forever

I am in the generational sweet spot for Jackass Forever. The iconic pranks and stunts show premiered when I was still in grade school, and it’s particular brand of (mostly white) bad boy idiocy caught fireRead Full Review

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Marry Me

I can’t in good conscience call Marry Me a good movie, though the unfortunate truth is that I did enjoy myself. The preposterous romantic comedy stars Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, a pair that upon first glanceRead Full Review

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Kimi

The “COVID movie” is a still a bit of a gamble. The years-long pandemic which has caused (and continues to cause) mass death and sidelined “regular life” (whatever that means) is both a controversial topicRead Full Review

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Sundown

Neil, our protagonist in Sundown, is an emotionally solitary man. Played by Tom Roth, in a performance that is equal parts tranquil and weary, he struts through his life with seemingly little regard for the feelingsRead Full Review

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The Worst Person in the World

As 47, it can probably be said that Norwegian director Joachim Trier is no longer a newcomer. His first film, Reprise, was released in 2006 and it announced a director whose vision was so exciting and unique,Read Full Review

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A Hero

Is there a screenwriter in this world better than Asghar Farhadi? His ability to take modest stories and spin them into grand moral schisms of fierce complexity is unmatched anywhere. Few people have a betterRead Full Review