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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

Review: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”

Hard-boiled with a dash of absurdist pulp, "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" lacks the subtle nuances and gritty realism of the original but earns points for taking chances without slipping into spectacle, as well as for moving its character...

Review: “Solo – A Star Wars Story”

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" is easily the lightest, breeziest "Star Wars" movie to date. The stakes are low, the fate of the galaxy isn’t in the balance, and the drama is personal but not on an operatic scale....

Review: “Avengers: Infinity War”

There's almost no point in writing a review of "Avengers: Infinity War," Marvel's uber-ambitious movie juggernaut has built momentum behind itself for 18 movies over the course of a decade, and moviegoers made their decision whether or not to...

Review: “Rampage”

A big slice of 'meh' dumped into the no man's land between "Ready Player One" and a certain high-profile Marvel movie, "Rampage" is an afterthought that barely qualifies as a distraction for those waiting for the summer blockbuster season...

Review: “Ready Player One”

The ultimate fanboy film, "Ready Player One" hinges entirely on geeky nostalgia. It's loaded top to bottom with aural and visual references to video games, movies, film, comic books, television, toys, and role-playing games, mostly from but not exclusively...

Review: “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

Steven S. DeKnight's sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's 2013 love letter to anime and kaiju movies is more coherent than a "Transformers" movie but not much smarter. "Pacific Rim Uprising" is at its best when it drops all pre-tenses...

Blake’s Review: “Tomb Raider”

"Tomb Raider" the action-packed, bone-rattling, archaeological adventure is punching hard to overcome "auto-redundancy," where taking the control away from players and forcing them not to influence the outcome of their beloved characters can, in fact, make them obsolete. Director...

Review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

A mixed bag at best, Ava DuVernay ("Selma") helms this adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic young adult novel "A Wrinkle in Time" which hammers home its (still) powerful message of individuality over conformity while combining it with a potent...

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