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Review: The Suicide Squad Transforms into a Hilarious R-Rated Gorefest in the Hands of James Gunn

July 28, 2021 | By
Review: <em>The Suicide Squad</em> Transforms into a Hilarious R-Rated Gorefest in the Hands of James Gunn

When Warner Bros. announced the very first movie based on DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, I honestly had no idea what they were thinking. The ‘80s comic book series written by John Ostrander was a favorite of mine, but a major studio making a movie with “suicide” in the title? That just didn’t seem to... »

Review: Jungle Cruise is Fantastical Disney Action-Adventure at Its Finest

July 27, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Jungle Cruise</em> is Fantastical Disney Action-Adventure at Its Finest

Many critics who will write about Disney’s latest theme park ride turned picture, Jungle Cruise, will inevitably compare it to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, either for better or worse. That might be fair, only because Jungle Cruise derives itself from a Disneyland theme park ride, but like Pirates, it also eventually transcends... »

Review: Dev Patel Dazzles in Entrancing The Green Knight

July 26, 2021 | By
Review: Dev Patel Dazzles in Entrancing <em>The Green Knight</em>

The young boy who sat in the contestant’s chair long ago in Slumdog Millionaire has sure come a long way. For his latest adventure, Dev Patel stars as Sir Gawain in David Lowery’s The Green Knight. This time around, Patel faces a potentially far more dangerous rival across the table, than that which he... »

Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Old Disappoints by Never Delivering on Its Promising Premise

July 22, 2021 | By
Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s <em>Old</em> Disappoints by Never Delivering on Its Promising Premise

Who knows what prompted M. Night Shyamalan to write the thriller Old? Maybe he was feeling the passage of time on himself or seeing his daughters growing up too fast or (in actuality) seeing his parents aging, but it’s one of his stranger thrillers, even if it’s also one of his most high-concept. Gael... »

Review: Henry Golding Resets G.I. Joe Franchise With Snake Eyes

July 22, 2021 | By
Review: Henry Golding Resets G.I. Joe Franchise With <em>Snake Eyes</em>

Snake Eyes, Paramount Pictures’ attempt at a superhero franchise based on the G.I. Joe line of toys and comic books, focuses on the titular character (played by Henry Golding) as he tries to avenge the mysterious death of his father. It feels odd to call this film an “origin story” — aren’t all such... »

Review: Space Jam: A New Legacy Inherits Choppy Remnants of Predecessor

July 14, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Space Jam: A New Legacy</em> Inherits Choppy Remnants of Predecessor

The last few cinematic years of the 20th Century may be seen by historians as containing more than a fair share of odd creative choices. Amongst the most quirky has to be the mixed live action/animated genre that took off with Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and encompassed questionable films like Casper, Cool World, and,... »

Review: Escape Room: Tournament of Champions Keeps the Blood Pumping in Your Body Instead of On-Screen

July 14, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Escape Room: Tournament of Champions</em> Keeps the Blood Pumping in Your Body Instead of On-Screen

2019’s Escape Room was a pleasant surprise, because it took something that had become such a large part of the public consciousness — escape rooms — and used that fun pastime towards the simple idea of a group of strangers being forced to work to escape in order to survive and get $10,000. But if you... »

Review: The Tomorrow War Is the Type of Epic Sci-Fi That Should Have Been In Theaters

July 6, 2021 | By
Review: <em>The Tomorrow War</em> Is the Type of Epic Sci-Fi That Should Have Been In Theaters

It seems almost impossible to get an original science fiction blockbuster off the ground with any sort of real budget, because Hollywood execs tend to be all about the IP and the sure things these days. Sure, there have been some great lower budget efforts like Synchronic, Freaks and Code 8, but the fact... »

Review: The Forever Purge Lets Loose the Very Killer Instincts it Decries

June 30, 2021 | By
Review: <em>The Forever Purge</em> Lets Loose the Very Killer Instincts it Decries

Amongst the many violent productions in Blumhouse’s expanding film library, The Purge series stands out as perhaps the most visually and viscerally aggressive. Set in a dystopian, future United States where all crime, including murder, is legal for 12 hours, the series has become a sort of political commentary of the evils that could... »

Review: Black Widow Kicks Off MCU Phase Four With a Messy Family Reunion

June 29, 2021 | By
Review: <em>Black Widow</em> Kicks Off MCU Phase Four With a Messy Family Reunion

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had to wait over a year for the start of the so-called “Phase Four,” the post-Tony Stark, post Infinity War world of the bulging Marvel movie franchise that has made billions and enthralled the world with 23 prior movies and counting. The wait is over, as Scarlett Johansson... »