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Review Underwater

Review: “Underwater”

"Underwater" is a welcome 90-minute panic attack with Kristen Stewart’s great articulation of discomfort rippling in her every expression and action. The film deals with a drill operation in the Mariana Trench which suffers a sudden catastrophic failure and...
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Review: “Bad Boys for Life”

The new "Bad Boys," the third in this series, surprisingly has stakes. In fact there’s familiar fun and the raw and rough around the edges style of the original film as opposed to its overpolished sequel. As you’re watching,...
Review The Gentlemen

Review: “The Gentlemen”

"The Gentlemen" marks Guy Ritchie's return to the geezer gangster genre, and this time he boasts far more self-awareness and self-assurance. Ritchie knows the rules, knows who he is and owning his storytelling craft - leading to a...
Review Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker

Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

There is nothing more important than an ending. Great endings are genuinely profound. “The Godfather Part II”, “The Usual Suspects”, “Heat”, “Moonlight” and even one of the sixteen endings of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the...
Review 6 Underground

Review: “6 Underground”

In the opening assault of "6 Underground," Michael Bay's latest action bonanza, there is one of the best screen moments of the year. Just as a lime green Alfa Romeo Giulia whips around a piazza, Ryan Reynolds' ‘One' opens...
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Review: “Marriage Story”

Noah Baumbach's tale of modern marriage decay begins with an affecting montage as Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie (Adam Driver) describe, in beautiful and idiosyncratic detail, the things that make them great partners, parents and the deepest of intimates....
Review The Irishman

Review: “The Irishman”

When white titles roll at the commencement of this towering Martin Scorsese gangster epic, they read "The Irishman" followed by "I Heard You Paint Houses" (the title of the Charles Brandt novel upon which Steve Zallian penned the script)....
Review Ford Vs Ferrari

Review: “Ford vs. Ferrari”

"Ford v Ferrari" is to James Mangold what "Chef" is to Jon Favreau. Where the latter tells a semi-autobiographical tale of art through the lens of food; Mangold brings the audience into the meat grinder of creation and...
Blakes Review Doctor Sleep

Blake’s Review: “Doctor Sleep”

Walking through an airport about five years ago as if drawn by some unknowable force, I surged towards the latest Stephen King book store standee. What stood there was a scary proposition indeed. "Doctor Sleep" the novel, the follow-up...
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Review: “IT: Chapter Two”

"IT: Chapter Two" is as strong a follow-up as we were likely to get from author Stephen King’s weighty novel. The back half of the story is weaker than the first, both in the novel and the 1989 TV...
Reviews Are In For Spider Man Far From Home

Review: “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

"Spider-Man: Far From Home" isn't just a post-"Avengers: Endgame" coda for the MCU mega-experiment, it's the palate cleanser we need after the past few months of superhero movies, one that cleverly manages to tell a simpler, more personal story...
Review The Dead Dont Die

Review: “The Dead Don’t Die”

Make no mistake: "The Dead Don’t Die" is a minimalist zombie movie for the Jim Jarmusch fans who have wondered what a Jim Jarmusch zombie movie might look like. As a horror movie, it lacks the gore and over-wrought...
Review Dark Phoenix

Review: “Dark Phoenix”

"Dark Phoenix" represents not so much the end of an era as it does a mercy killing, and the late Fox Studios' "X-Men" franchise ends with sound and fury punctuated by a fizzle. It makes more of an...
Review Godzilla King Of The Monsters

Review: “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

Arguably a great case of 'be careful what you wish for,' the new "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" represents a hard turn away from the more elegant less-is-more approach of 2014's reboot, which left many hardcore fans unsatisfied by...
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Review: “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”

When the inimitable Tony Scott was eulogised, it was often said that he didn’t make action movies, he made action films. Director Chad Stahelski’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum” is an action film. At its centre, one of...
Endgame Covers Interval Cameo Talk

Review: “Avengers: Endgame”

"Avengers: Endgame" is the satisfying culmination to Marvel Studios’ 11-year, 22-movie experiment that changed the movie landscape. That it succeeds isn’t a surprise - Marvel has filtered and refined its formula to a degree that even its weakest performers...
Full Trailer The New Hellboy

Review: “Hellboy”

After the decision was made to relaunch the "Hellboy" film franchise, die-hard fans spent more time kvetching about who was going to be underneath the prosthetics than who would be writing it. The sorry surprise is that David Harbour...
Shazam Opens To Strong Preview Numbers

Review: “Shazam”

"Shazam!" joins the ranks of "Wonder Woman" and "Aquaman" as a dose of much-needed levity for the DCEU. In fact, it lands nicely between the two: more light-hearted than the former, and more tightly plotted and focused than the...
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Review: “Captain Marvel”

Breezy and light on gravitas, "Captain Marvel" doesn’t shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it does find a few new ways to perk up the umpteenth superhero origin story. It falls short of the intensity that propelled "Black...
Review Battle Angel Alita

Review: “Alita: Battle Angel”

There’s not a lot below the surface of "Alita: Battle Angel," mostly because it puts everything it has front and center. For what it lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in visceral action, vivid world-building, and sci-fi melodrama. This...
Review The Lego Movie 2 The Second Part

Review: “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”

Almost everything is awesome in Mike Mitchell’s obligatory sequel to Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s breakout 2014 animated feature. The gags are still fast, furious, and often deeply referential; the animation still impressively blurs the line between CGI and...
Review Aquaman

Review: “Aquaman”

Perhaps the most comic-booky of comic book movies to hit the screen since 1978's "Superman," "Aquaman" is rough around the edges but nevertheless an enjoyably silly ride that unabashedly embraces the cheesiness and weirdness of its world and runs...
Review Mary Poppins Returns

Review: “Mary Poppins Returns”

There’s more than a spoonful of sugar to be had with Disney’s sequel to 1964's "Mary Poppins," which is content to play it safe with a rehash of the original’s plot and equally derivative musical numbers. Nevertheless, it’s a...
Review Creed Ii

Review: “Creed II”

The first two "Rocky" films offered insightful, powerful and quality examinations of manhood, legacy and determination. The third and fourth fall into formula and even borderline parody yet remain highly enjoyable. The fifth should never be spoken...
Review Widows

Review: “Widows”

"Widows" is an exquisite crime drama refreshed and relocated from the British 1983 limited series to the authentic socio-political quagmire of modern Chicago. When a crew of experienced criminals (Liam Neeson, Jon Bernthal and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) are killed in...
Review Bad Times At The El Royale

Review: “Bad Times at the El Royale”

Much as he did with "The Cabin in the Woods," writer-director Drew Goddard ("The Martian") has taken a hoary old premise and re-invigorated it with deft plot twists (often delivered with shocking, sudden violence), black comedy, and genre satire....
Review Venom

Review: “Venom”

You'd think a movie about a down-and-out reporter who teams with a cannibalistic blob of space goo to become a super anti-hero would be fun, especially now that comic book flicks are getting a tad more experimental. Alas, "Venom"...
Review Boy Erased

Review: “Boy Erased”

Leaving behind the fun pulp stylings of his directorial debut "The Gift," actor-turned-filmmaker Joel Edgerton has chosen a more considered approach to heavier subject matter with his second outing "Boy Erased". Boasting a very different tone, the film...
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Review: “The Nun”

After the runaway success of "The Conjuring'" movies and the "Annabelle" killer doll spin-off sub-franchise, a movie based on the demon nun of "The Conjuring 2" must have seemed like a no-brainer. Sadly, there are indeed no brains to...
Review The Happytime Murders

Review: “The Happytime Murders”

Despite what the hype would have you believe, "The Happytime Murders" is not the most inappropriate puppet movie ever made (Peter Jackson's "Meet the Feebles" still retains that honor). There is a lot of fluff wrapped around its hard-boiled...

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