Movie Reviews

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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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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