Category: Movie Reviews

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Angelina Jolie is one of the last movie stars, although in recent years, Hollywood has seemed mostly unable to fashion projects that would demonstrate why. Her work as Maleficent, the bad queen from Disney’s “Sleeping...

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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

The depressing stoner comedy sequel “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” makes “Jay and Silent Strike Back” look like “Clerks.” If that sentence reads like no-brow hieroglyphics, you are probably not the target audience for...

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Jexi

What the hell is a Jexi? Unless you looked it up, you could stare at the movie showtimes for ages and not come up with the right answer. Unless you snuck a peek at...

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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

“Breaking Bad” was always a show about consequences. More than arguably any other drama, decisions had repercussions and slates weren’t wiped clean between episodes. We followed the arc of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and...

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The Addams Family

There are about half a dozen bright spots in the new animated feature “The Addams Family,” but in between them is the un-bright and un-original storyline about how the real monsters are the ordinary...

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The Forest of Love

Netflix is developing a reputation for funding passion projects that distill entire filmmaker’s careers into one epic work. Consider how much “Roma” reflects the life and work of Alfonso Cuaron. The same appears to...

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The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

So many documentaries follow rigid and predictable playbook that when you see one that’s trying to do something different, you cheer for it to succeed and feel sad when it doesn’t quite get there....

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In My Room

The German lo-fi sci-fi character study “In My Room” is for anybody who’s dreamed and/or panicked about the existential terror and romantic solitude that attends a classic doomsday scenario: what if you were the...

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Fractured

Brad Anderson has made a career out of being as reliable as they come as a film and TV director, able to switch genres easily. The workmanlike career has led to several stand-outs, including...

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The Dead Center

The litmus test for any good horror film is whether or not you feel it hovering over your bed at night, daring you to fall asleep. For long stretches of Billy Senese’s sophomore directorial...