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‘Dunkirk’ Is Bold, Original and Muddled to the Core
7 days ago

‘Dunkirk’ Is Bold, Original and Muddled to the Core

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is nothing like the countless war movies that precede it.

Every frame feels like a masterstroke from the auteur, from the delirious sound design to storytelling angles …
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‘Killing Ground’ Wallows in Aussie Horror’s Mean Streak
7 days ago

‘Killing Ground’ Wallows in Aussie Horror’s Mean Streak

Torture and Aussie filmmakers go together like peas and cah-rots.

Director Greg McLean’s 2005 shocker “Wolf Creek” proved so irredeemably cruel it nearly chased Roger Ebert out of the theater.


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This Slick, Ambitious ‘War’ Hates Humans Too Much
2 weeks ago

This Slick, Ambitious ‘War’ Hates Humans Too Much

The “Planet of the Apes” saga has an X-Men problem.

That superhero franchise hammers home its “mutants as the ‘other’” metaphor in every installment. That’s wise but ultimately wearisome.

We’ve …
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Baldwin (Almost) Makes ‘Blind’ Worth Your Time
2 weeks ago

Baldwin (Almost) Makes ‘Blind’ Worth Your Time

Video on Demand gives titles that lack marketing muscle a fighting chance.

That’s critical at a time when mid-budget movies are on the endangered list. VOD also is where fading …
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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – More Jester Than Hero
3 weeks ago

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – More Jester Than Hero

The latest Spider-Man reboot feels like “The Greatest American Hero: The Motion Picture.”

The ’80s TV caper followed a superhero who couldn’t fly straight but still saved the day. The …
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Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Squanders Its Pulpy Potential
4 weeks ago

Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Squanders Its Pulpy Potential

A new Sofia Coppola movie is no longer an event.

It’s a reminder of a bright career not living up to its potential.

Who didn’t cheer her 2004 breakout hit …
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‘Okja’ Might Make You Disconnect Your Netflix Account
4 weeks ago

‘Okja’ Might Make You Disconnect Your Netflix Account

Hate rarely makes for great comedy.

Look no further than the late night landscape. Comedians spew monologues brimming with bile, leaving audiences with one simple question.

Where are the jokes?


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‘Baby Driver’ So Much More Than Cool Cars, Tunes
4 weeks ago

‘Baby Driver’ So Much More Than Cool Cars, Tunes

It’s hard to watch any new Edgar Wright movie and not fear a “Scott Pilgrim 2.0.”

His 2010 dud may hold cultish sway over some. It’s still a prime example …
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Why ‘Last Knight’ Is Hollywood at Its Very Worst
1 month ago

Why ‘Last Knight’ Is Hollywood at Its Very Worst

The fifth installment of the “Transformers” franchise isn’t actually a movie.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is a two-plus hour insult to anyone who loves losing themselves in a darkened theater. …
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Why ‘The Journey’ Offers Hope for Our Troubled Times
1 month ago

Why ‘The Journey’ Offers Hope for Our Troubled Times

The Troubles. It’s an unassuming, and almost romantic, term for the Irish civil war generally thought to be between Catholics and Protestants.

To be truthful, it has its roots far …
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