Movie Reviews

Film Review: Poignant Grand Theft Charity in “The Duke”

Film Review: Poignant Grand Theft Charity in “The Duke”

Many groups are poorly represented in the allocation of government programs throughout the world. One of the historically worst served communities are pensioners and other retired people. Typically on fixed incomes, it's no surprise that they can have simmering anger...

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Film Review: “Dual” Offers Up A Real Clone War

Film Review: “Dual” Offers Up A Real Clone War

Just got diagnosed with a terminal illness? No problem, your doctor will also share details about Replacement, a popular cloning technology that allows you to replace yourself with a healthy clone so that no one will have to mourn your passing. Ideally, you and your...

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Film Review: Long, Dark, Nihilistic “The Batman”

Film Review: Long, Dark, Nihilistic “The Batman”

Back in 2007, the underappreciated film Spider-Man 3 tackled a rather profound topic in its action hero narrative: What are our responsibilities to our fellow humans? In that context, it was about Spiderman, the wise-cracking costumed superhero, versus meek Peter...

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Film Review: Disappointing Actioner “Uncharted”

Film Review: Disappointing Actioner “Uncharted”

I really wanted to like this movie. The video game franchise upon which it's built is terrific, Tom Holland, our hero, is charismatic and entertaining, and I love globe-trotting action films with a hint of history in the vein of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider. But the...

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Film Review: Daft, Entertaining Sci-Fi “Moonfall”

Film Review: Daft, Entertaining Sci-Fi “Moonfall”

Some movies have the ability to pull you right into the story, offering a cinema vérité slice of life so realistic that you never stop to think about the mechanics of the film. They aren't actors going through a script, with microphones hanging overhead, cameras in...

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Film Review: Uninspired Spy Thriller “The 355”

Film Review: Uninspired Spy Thriller “The 355”

A spy thriller that combines great action sequences with an engaging story, exotic locations, and attractive protagonists? What's not to love with the new action film "The 355"? Well, almost everything, unfortunately. The story revolves around what we in the film biz...

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Film Review: Fun Chinese Actioner “Schemes in Antiques”

Film Review: Fun Chinese Actioner “Schemes in Antiques”

I'd be lying if I said I completely understood the wild and entertaining Chinese action film Schemes in Antiques, but I enjoyed it quite a bit nonetheless. It's an action film about two antiques experts who compete to solve a series of obscure puzzles and riddles to...

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Film Review: Alternate History “The King’s Man”

Film Review: Alternate History “The King’s Man”

When Kingsman: The Secret Service premiered in 2014, it was a sleeper hit. A wry, self-aware take on James Bond and the spy genre, it starred agent Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) as a disaffected young man recruited by a secret, independent spy agency secretly run out of...

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Film Review: Creepy, Existential “Marionette”

Film Review: Creepy, Existential “Marionette”

There's a classic episode of the TV series The Twilight Zone called "A World Of His Own" where a playwright causes people in his life to disappear by destroying audio recordings wherein he describes them. It turns out that the world he inhabits is one he has created...

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