Movie Reviews

Film Review: Intense, Epic “Dune: Part Two”

Film Review: Intense, Epic “Dune: Part Two”

Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece "Dune" was first published in 1965 and has subsequently enthralled generations of readers with its enormous political drama woven together with a quasi-Eastern mysticism. It's a strange mashup where feudal societies thrive in a world...

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Film Review: Delightful, Whimsical “Wonka”

Film Review: Delightful, Whimsical “Wonka”

The original 1971 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory was easily one of the best family films of its era with the earnest Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) winner of the Golden Ticket and a lot more and a wonderful Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, the eccentric owner of...

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Film Review: Kaiju’s Back in “Godzilla Minus One”

Film Review: Kaiju’s Back in “Godzilla Minus One”

I've been a fan of the Gojira (Godzilla) movies since the release of the very first of the series back in 1954. Toho Studios had a surprise hit on its hands with the release of the first film and consequently pivoted from a thoughtful and introspective post-war angst...

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Film Review: Armageddon & Chaos in “Concrete Utopia”

Film Review: Armageddon & Chaos in “Concrete Utopia”

Like many big cities, Seoul, South Korea, is dotted with enormous apartment complexes, buildings that rise ten or more stories into the sky and house hundreds of families. For many Koreans, these apartments aren't a path to homeownership, they are the home they seek...

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Movie Review: It’s Teen MCU with “The Marvels”

Movie Review: It’s Teen MCU with “The Marvels”

When the TV series Ms. Marvel premiered in 2022, a lot of traditional Marvel Cinematic Universe fans were surprised and delighted to find that the protagonist, Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), was of Indian descent and lived in a family that was wrestling with balancing...

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Film Review: Goofy, Amateur “The Loch Ness Horror”

Film Review: Goofy, Amateur “The Loch Ness Horror”

Alas, poor Nessie! For almost a hundred years, the poor misunderstood dinosaur has been lurking deep in Loch Ness, in the cold northern reaches of Scotland. First reported in 1933, it has become one of the more famous cryptids in modern mythology, with various...

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Film Review: Korea’s Overrun in “Gangnam Zombie”

Film Review: Korea’s Overrun in “Gangnam Zombie”

Whether the excellent Train to Busan reminded Asian filmmakers of the spine-tingling fun and fear of zombies, or just caused every other filmmaker to try and emulate director Sang-ho Yeon's hit horror export, there are a lot more zombies in Korea, China, and elsewhere...

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Film Review: Low Budget Thriller “Dark Asset”

Film Review: Low Budget Thriller “Dark Asset”

John (Byron Mann) is a handsome, self-confident man of action who finds himself in a hotel bar, trying to pick up the beautiful Jane (Helena Mattsson). To get her attention he hands her the keys to his Lamborghini, insisting that it's now her car, not his, which she...

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Film Review: Confusing Action Adventure “Wolf Pack”

Film Review: Confusing Action Adventure “Wolf Pack”

If you're a naysayer who believes that it's only Hollywood that can produce big-budget action nonsense, you'll be surprised by Wolf Pack (Lang qun). It's jam-packed with exciting stunts and action sequences that are barely tied together with a rather banal plot. The...

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Film Review: Tense Korean Sci-Fi Thriller “The Moon”

Film Review: Tense Korean Sci-Fi Thriller “The Moon”

It's the near future and most of the major powers are working together to expand the exploration and exploitation of space, including an international station orbiting the moon. South Korea has decided to go its own path, however, pulling its top scientists back home...

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