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Bullet Train Review: Brad Pitt’s Latest Action Vehicle Skids Right Off the Rails

August 2, 2022 | By
<i>Bullet Train</i> Review: Brad Pitt’s Latest Action Vehicle Skids Right Off the Rails

Fans of the intensely physical action in David Leitch’s John Wick and Atomic Blonde and the irreverent, envelope-pushing humor of his Deadpool 2 will find the director’s latest offering, Bullet Train, a breezy delight. Those who seek silly, witty, pointless fun boasting major stars (and major cameos) will no doubt enjoy the hundreds-of-miles-per-hour thrills that Sony’s... »

Nope Review: Dazzling Visuals Can’t Fill This Empty Jordan Peele Thriller

July 20, 2022 | By
<i>Nope</i> Review: Dazzling Visuals Can’t Fill This Empty Jordan Peele Thriller

After writer/director/producer Jordan Peele stunned audiences with the surprising and refreshing Get Out in 2017, the obvious question was which trajectory his promising career would follow. How would Peele handle the success of his first film, which earned him an Oscar for his original screenplay, as well as nominations for Best Picture and Best... »

Elvis Review: Creativity Has Left the Building in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic, Which Is All Shook Up

June 22, 2022 | By
<i>Elvis</i> Review: Creativity Has Left the Building in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic, Which Is All Shook Up

The King of Rock and Roll famously warned against criticizing “what you do not understand, son.” I confess: I do not quite understand the source of the attraction that Elvis Presley provoked in his most rabid fans when he was on top of the world. Unfortunately, after watching Baz Luhrmann’s attempt at an explanation... »

Jurassic World Dominion Review: Creativity Is All But Extinct in Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Franchise Finale

June 8, 2022 | By
<i>Jurassic World Dominion</i> Review: Creativity Is All But Extinct in Colin Trevorrow’s <i>Jurassic</i> Franchise Finale

Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park is an all-time classic. Just pure, unadulterated movie magic. But what took Mother Earth 165 million years to accomplish — killing off the dinosaurs — a Hollywood studio, hellbent on profit, has achieved in just 30, for Jurassic World Dominion proves that this storied franchise needs a long nap, as its once... »

Top Gun: Maverick Review: Tom Cruise Soars Back Into Conventional Blockbuster Mode With This High-Flying Sequel

May 12, 2022 | By
<i>Top Gun: Maverick</i> Review: Tom Cruise Soars Back Into Conventional Blockbuster Mode With This High-Flying Sequel

“Maverick,” Tom Cruise’s character’s callsign in the 1986 classic Top Gun and in its long-awaited (and long-delayed) sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, refers to a non-conforming rebel who charts their own path. Yet, as a movie star, Cruise is anything but. Sure, the timeless actor may be one of a kind — maybe even the greatest... »

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Review: Sam Raimi Orchestrates a Spooky Symphony in Marvel’s Visually Stunning Sequel

May 3, 2022 | By
<i>Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness</i> Review: Sam Raimi Orchestrates a Spooky Symphony in Marvel’s Visually Stunning Sequel

Once upon a time, in an alternate moviegoing universe, filmmaker Sam Raimi directed the world’s very first Spider-Man movie, which set box records for the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time. 20 years have passed since that landmark comic book movie, and in that time, superheroes have become ubiquitous. There are now 28 movies that... »

Downton Abbey: A New Era Review: A Nostalgia-Filled Exploration of the Ever-Changing Nature of Showbiz

April 25, 2022 | By
<i>Downton Abbey: A New Era</i> Review: A Nostalgia-Filled Exploration of the Ever-Changing Nature of Showbiz

The Crawley family dynasty returns at the turn of another decade (the beginning of the 1930s) in the historical dramedy Downton Abbey: A New Era. The period referred to in the title is a very specific one — the moment in which the motion picture industry switched from silent movies to “talkies,” came with... »

The Northman Review: Robert Eggers Delivers a Visually Stunning Viking Revenge Movie

April 21, 2022 | By
<i>The Northman</i> Review: Robert Eggers Delivers a Visually Stunning Viking Revenge Movie

Director Robert Eggers has quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood thanks to his first two features, the somber yet entrancing horror films The Witch and The Lighthouse. But with his third feature, The Northman, Eggers has definitively proved that he’s a cinematic force to be reckoned with. The Northman is a revenge tale based loosely... »

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Finds the Magic Nearly Extinguished From Harry Potter Franchise

April 14, 2022 | By
<i>Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore</i> Finds the Magic Nearly Extinguished From <i>Harry Potter</i> Franchise

They say that only two things are certain in this world — death and taxes — but I propose we add a third to the list of universal mathematical certainties: the fact that movie studios will make an endless stream of typically lesser sequels, prequels, or remakes for any franchise that makes them significant... »

Morbius Review: Jared Leto’s Vampire Anti-Hero Is Caught in Disorienting Maze of Latest Marvel Movie

March 30, 2022 | By
<i>Morbius</i> Review: Jared Leto’s Vampire Anti-Hero Is Caught in Disorienting Maze of Latest Marvel Movie

After nearly two years of pandemic-related delays, Morbius finally hits theaters on Friday, arriving on April 1 like some kind of really expensive April Fools’ joke. The film stars Jared Leto as the titular living vampire and the latest anti-hero to emerge from Sony’s Spider-Man universe with his own movie following Venom. Since this is an origin film,... »