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Film Review: Exciting and Epic “Wakanda Forever”

Film Review: Exciting and Epic “Wakanda Forever”

The 2018 film Black Panther was a tremendous success, far beyond what people expected. The film introduced most filmgoers to Wakanda, a technologically advanced nation hidden in Africa, and created a star out of Chadwick Boseman, who played T'Challa, King of Wakanda,...

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Film Review: Dark, Off-Kilter Noir “Hinterland”

Film Review: Dark, Off-Kilter Noir “Hinterland”

One of the tools in a filmmaker's kit is perspective. While almost all shots are square, straight-on, and eye-level, there's a lot that can be conveyed by camera height (think of the wonderful down shot at the opening of North by Northwest) or by using a distorting or...

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Film Review: Witty Whodunit “See How They Run”

Film Review: Witty Whodunit “See How They Run”

A film version of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap? It's genius! If only film director Leo Kopernick (Adrien Brody) hadn't signed a contract with The Dame (Shirley Henderson) that details filming cannot commence until six months after the end of the play's theatrical...

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Film Review: Fantastic Korean Sci-Fi Action “Alienoid”

Film Review: Fantastic Korean Sci-Fi Action “Alienoid”

A few of us humans have a problem, and it's apparently been around for thousands of years: When aliens throughout the galaxy are convicted of the most heinous of crimes, their fate is to be locked in a human brain until that human dies, simultaneously killing the...

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Film Review: Fear-of-Heights Thriller “Fall”

Film Review: Fear-of-Heights Thriller “Fall”

There aren't many films with a simpler premise than the new thriller Fall: Two young women climb to the top of an abandoned TV antenna in the desert and get stuck on the top, with no way down. The TV antenna in question is real, it's the 2,000-ft "B67" TV Tower in the...

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Film Review: Creepy UFO Horror in “Nope”

Film Review: Creepy UFO Horror in “Nope”

Haywood Hollywood Horses has been a mainstay of the horse wrangling business for decades and the Haywood family can trace its ancestry back to the original jockey on the famous Muybridge/Stanford horse of the first moving picture in history. When a freak accident...

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Film Review: Compelling Legal Drama “The Third Murder”

Film Review: Compelling Legal Drama “The Third Murder”

Read the front page of any newspaper and it's easy to wonder whether truth and justice are part of the legal system, whether you're in the United States, Nigeria, Pakistan, or Japan. The Japanese film Sandome no satsujin (The Third Murder) is a Japanese courtroom...

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Film Review: Melodramatic Historical Romance “Eiffel”

Film Review: Melodramatic Historical Romance “Eiffel”

In the 1880s France was simmering with discontent regarding workers rights, along with endless losses from fighting in the French colonies. More importantly, the 1889 World's Fair was just a few years away and the French government sought an iconic monument. Gustave...

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Film Review: Goofy Indie Horror “Scare Zone”

Film Review: Goofy Indie Horror “Scare Zone”

Every Halloween horror entrepreneurs take over houses, warehouses, and empty strip malls to turn them into various Tours of Terror; poorly lit spaces with lots of gruesome props and hometown actors pretending to be villains or victims. It's a logical extension of our...

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Film Review: Weird, Haunting, Surreal “MEN”

Film Review: Weird, Haunting, Surreal “MEN”

Humanity has been working towards balancing male and female energy since time immemorial. Is true equality what we seek, or is a mutual respect that acknowledges the differences in gender a better goal? The challenge is that people are flawed and just as often...

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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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