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Mother!

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:41:28 PDT

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Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem
Year: 2017

Aronofsky doesn't fuck around, and so neither should we when we talk about his films. Pi, Requiem, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Noah, Mother!; this is his filmography, these are some of the most deeply discussed and contested films of the last twenty years, the man is an unapologetic genius whose creations we don't always understand or appreciate, but who should be someone we admire based on sheer unrelenting artistry in the face of an industry that can't wait to squash it down. For my money, Black Swan is his best, and actually I'd go so far as to call it one of the greatest cinematic accomplishments of the past two decades,...Read the entire review

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:41:28 PDT

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Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
Year: 2017

I was shocked that I liked the first Kingsman so much, and I still have trouble recommending this movie to friends. They don't believe that it's good, despite its success and its high ratings; they just can't get past the fact that it shouldn't have worked, they can't allow that it did. I understand, I was surprised myself by how much fun I had simply sitting in the audience, how well the ridiculous story worked when it shouldn't have been able to be so silly and yet so cool. Taron Egerton was the secret ingredient we didn't know movies needed, and the kid ha...Read the entire review

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:21:09 PDT

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I remember discussing the reasons behind my thorough enjoyment of the first Kingsman with a couple of critic friends who hated its unfocused and uncontrolled crassness, ultraviolence, and goofy ugliness. While I agreed with most of their points, I proposed that if one was to approach it as a demented hard-R Saturday morning cartoon, and not take any of its multitudes of offenses to decency seriously, then it's a rocking good time. Tone and narrative approach is everything when it comes to such "tasteless" material. I deemed 2008's Wanted, another Mark Millar graphic novel adaptation, to be the worst and most tasteless film of the last decade.

Yet here I was, on the other side of similar arguments I had about Wanted's many fans, trying to explain why Kingsman deserved praise while Wanted should have been s...Read the entire review

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mother!

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:46:14 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Darren Aranofsky's challenging, terrifying, sometimes even nauseating purging of a bunch of supremely high-concept allegories is one of the most original and thought-provoking, if not one of the best, films of the year. Besides the directing full of pinpointed assuredness, the soul-bearing performances from everyone involved (Especially Jennifer Lawrence, who is asked to go to some uncomfortable places while the camera is an inch away from her face during most of the runtime), and a willfully insane story structure, especially for an American studio release, its real success comes from the fact that it can be digested in many different forms and many different tonal approaches by the audience.

1. If you're a genre hound who doesn't necessarily care about unraveling the film's many blunt philosophical and theological allegories, don't really care much about diving deep into what's real and isn'...Read the entire review

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Logan Lucky

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:34:00 PDT

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Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
Year: 2017

Steven Soderbergh's obsession with Channing Tatum needs to stop immediately. He's also infatuated with Matt Damon, but that, at least, doesn't factor in here, and Damon also happens to be a far superior actor. As with Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst, sometimes a director becomes too focused on a single actor, casting them in roles that never suited them, forcing them into characters that would have been better played by a dozen different, random names. Soderbergh is too focused on Tatum, and so can't see that he's only a marginal talent, someone who craned his neck above hunky and comedic roles one time in Read the entire review

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The Glass Castle

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:37:06 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts
Year: 2017

The Glass Castle is an early Oscar favorite, if perhaps not for Best Picture than for a few other, "smaller" awards. Its best shot goes to Woody Harrelson for Best Supporting Actor for what is hands down the best performance of his career. He's had one hell of a year: Wilson, War for the Planet of the Apes, LBJ, and Three Billboards, which is a film I'm dying to see. The versatile and experienced actor hasn't always rubbed audiences the right way, can be abrasive on screen, and shouldn't be considered one of the greats of our time, but there's no q...Read the entire review

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The Dark Tower

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:23:31 PDT

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Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Matthew McConaughey
Year: 2017

You'd have to run a poll to get anything near some accurate statistics, but the number of those who see the Dark Tower movie has got to be exponentially higher than the number who have also read the entire Dark Tower series. And of course, that's not counting the connected side stories, the extra book written into the sequence, and the literal dozens of Stephen King books that tie in; Hearts in Atlantis, The Stand, 'Salem's Lot, Insomnia, etc. My point being, only an extremely small number of audience members will be up on the magnum opus and all its connected plots that is King's masterwork. I just happen to be both a f...Read the entire review

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Atomic Blonde

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 04:54:43 PDT

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Director: David Leitch
Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Toby Jones
Year: 2017

Some graphic novels work as film adaptations (300), and some do not (Watchmen), but the fact that this relatively obscure medium is becoming both more public and more respected is good for all areas of art. Not every single attempt to bring these stories to life on the big screen is going to go according to plan, but I do appreciate the work put into both the novels themselves and their movie versions, because wow that's a lot of effort. Atomic Blonde is Hollywood's latest stab at bringing a modern comic to a new audience, and credit David Leitch for moving from stunt coordinator to movie collaborator to film director; that c...Read the entire review

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:14:11 PDT

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Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevigne, Sam Spruell
Year: 2017

Valerian is the shocking disappointment of the summer, a surprisingly crappy sci-fi flick that looked to be anything but. The trailers, the hype, the background, the visuals; audiences were preparing themselves to be blown away by this piggybacker to the immense GotG success, and we weren't even concerned that it looked to be somewhat of a copy. We wanted this movie to be a success, that might be the hardest part to accept, and even understanding that high expectations sometime lead to unattainable goals, Valerian should have been better than it turned o...Read the entire review

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Dunkirk

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:08:17 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy
Year: 2017

Inarguably excellent director Christopher Nolan creates another masterwork with Dunkirk, a lesser-known true story of the beginning of WWII and one of the tensest moments in European military history. Nolan's prowess is established, his fame well-deserved, his films excellent pieces of art as well as incredibly entertaining moments of original content. Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Read the entire review

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Dunkirk

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:57:07 PDT

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"All we did was survive"

"That's good enough"

- Dialogue from Dunkirk

When it comes to war films, we're used to near-mythological depictions of heroism and sacrifice. Ideologically, we would all like to fantasize about being brave and heroic fighters if we're put in the middle of a battlefield. But once the reality of the situation kicks in, once bombs start dropping around us and bullets whiz by an inch from our faces, we might realize that the act of survival itself might be enough heroism, if we're able to leave behind the romanticized ideal of warfare. Christopher Nolan's new masterpiece Dunkirk is a breathtaking and nerve-wracking experience that never lets go of our nerves from the first frame to the last, putting us face to...Read the entire review

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:57:07 PDT

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Some might see the momentum behind Spider-Man: Homecoming as hype, but it's closer to pressure on this unique partnership between Sony and Marvel Studios to, in the mindset of the incredible dedicated fans of the webslinger, finally get the character completely and utterly right. Even the title tries to draw attention to the significance of Spider-Man being brought back into the Marvel universe fold, creating an opening for Peter Parker to utilize the studio's creative insights and to interact with other characters in their roster. In terms of the tried-and-true summer blockbuster framework, Homecoming fittingly utilizes the tools now at its disposal, never shying away from youthful humor and spunkiness as it twists together...Read the entire review

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War for the Planet of the Apes

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:50:36 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
Year: 2017

People are freaking out about War for the Planet of the Apes and its trilogy, calling it the best end to the best trio of movies in film history. Now, that's just silly, there are a handful of iconic threesomes I can think of off the top of my head that are better (the original Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings), and I don't think this trilogy will be loved 50 years from now the same way those classics I just mentioned are/will be. BUT, the mere fact that those heavy-hitters are brought into the conversation tells you just how good Rise, Dawn, and War absolutely are. I would have called th...Read the entire review

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:04:07 PDT

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Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr.
Year: 2017

I hate to be labelled as a contrarian, but I didn't like Spider-Man: Homecoming as much as the majority of America did, and I'll try my best over the course of this review to explain why. So you know, in the past I would have claimed that I didn't like "comic book movies", that they were poorly-made and far too focused on money over quality. Through the years, I've learned to enjoy the genre for what it is, and Marvel movies specifically have won me over, partially because they are getting better and better. The Avengers Universe is improving with each addition, and I especially appreciate the Captain America films (Read the entire review

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The Beguiled (2017)

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 05:23:57 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) (image) It's been a while since Sofia Coppola has directed a piece of work stemming from somebody else's storytelling, dating back nearly twenty years prior to the release of The Beguiled, her latest atmospheric period thriller. From concepts that are entirely of her creation (Lost in Translation and Somewhere) to expanded dramatizations of real events (The Bling Ring and Marie Antoinette), the originality inherent in her perspective hasn't had to play by the rules of adaptation since her rendition of Jeffrey Eugenides's novel, The Virgin Suicides. Even with that one, Coppola's first directorial effort, she imparted her own techniques and thematic concentrations upon the narrative, tweaking the surreal atmosphere into something of her own. ...Read the entire review

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Baby Driver

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:59:11 PDT

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(image) In writer/director Edgar Wright's new film Baby Driver, we're introduced to Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young man afflicted with tinnitus, who drowns out the ring with music, and who makes a living driving getaway cars for bank robbers. In some senses, we know why Baby drives -- because he's supernaturally good at it, because he owes money to a gangster, Doc (Kevin Spacey), and eventually because he wants to try and use that skill to save Deborah (Lily James) from the criminals he's surrounded himself with -- but the movie's major problem is we never really know what drives Baby.

The movie does fill in some of Baby's backstory: as a child, Baby's parents fought, and his iPod, a treasured Christmas gift from both of them, helped drown out their constant fighting. He was listening to the iPod when a fatal car wreck left both of them dead and Baby with his permanent "hum in the drum." Now, Baby use...Read the entire review

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Baby Driver

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:19:42 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Bernthal
Year: 2017

Heist movies are a strange breed, a mix of action and comedy that's hard to sculpt into something resembling the form you first imagined. It's one of the toughest genres for directors to get right, at least in so much as pleasing both audiences and critics, and in creating a final product that is as cool as the original idea that launched an entire team of professionals toward making your vision a reality. The work that goes into making any film is almost unbelievable, but I have to imagine that bringing a story like this to the screen offers a unique set of challenges that is cinematically unmatch...Read the entire review

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The Book of Henry

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:16:49 PDT

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The movie starts out cloying, but relatively simple. Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) is the precocious movie kid to end all precocious movie kids, an obnoxiously cute genius, more interested in keeping an eye on the family's finances while he works the stock market than playing video games. Instead,...Read the entire review

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Cars 3

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:53:53 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: Brian Fee
Starring: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer
Year: 2017

One of the most amazingly animated feature films I have ever seen, Cars 3 trails only Inside Out as a combination of perfect visuals and stirring story, stamping its own legend and franchise with a gold seal as Lighting drives off into the sunset. I'm a fan of the series and I have a young boy, so I'm partial to the characters and my son has more than a few of them in Matchbox form. It's a wonderful world of humor and heart, of astonishing anthropomorphization that approaches real genius. Lighting, Doc, Mater; these cars will live on forever, and I'm aware how dramatic t...Read the entire review

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Wonder Woman

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:12:04 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, David Thewlis
Year: 2017

DC's big new universe premiere failed in almost every category, and Dawn of Justice became something worth ridicule, not something strong enough to launch a franchise. The preceding Man of Steel met similar if not equal criticism, all while Marvel was pumping out the blockbuster home runs as if it was easy, pleasing audiences at every turn. DC had to make a big push back into the foreground or risk complete irrelevance, and they did so this year with Wonder Woman, a female-led, femal...Read the entire review

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It Comes at Night

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:12:04 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: Trey Edwards Shults
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Christopher Abbott
Year: 2017

Every year there seems to be one horror standout that gets critics raving. And every year those critics refer back to the marching order of surprisingly high-quality, wonderfully original, always terrifying flicks that caught their attention enough to be Oscar conversation-worthy in an otherwise typical lineup of tear-jerking dramas. I'm no different, and so here they are: The Babadook (2014), It Follows (2015), The Witch (...Read the entire review

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 05:51:15 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Finally.

There are several ways to interpret it when a discussion about Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman begins with something like: "Finally." Perhaps it references the legion of fans of the character, created in the 40s as a way of empowering girls and emphasizing the strengths of nurturing leadership, who finally get to see their heroine on the big screen. Perhaps the folks at DC have finally hit the right marks following a string of lackluster outings featuring the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader. Or, perhaps we've finally been bequeathed that mythical female-led superhero blockbuster that so many have hope for over the nearly two decades comprising this latest renaissance of comic-book films, whether we're ...Read the entire review

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:24:46 PDT

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Well, DC fans can take a collective sigh of relief. Wonder Woman has finally arrived and it's a step in the right direction for the DC Universe of movies, after the rather lackluster trilogy of films that came before, which seemed to get progressively worse with each release: the so-so Man of Steel, the disappointing Batman v Superman, and the barely watchable Suicide Squad. But despite the outcry of joy you heard this past weekend from critics and fans alike, Wonder Woman is just "good", as opposed to great or terrific. Other than the fact that it focuses on a female heroine, it doesn't really break any new ground when it comes to superhero movies; in fact, it falls into the same traps and clich s that so many movies in this genre have fallen into befo...Read the entire review

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Alien: Covenant

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:07:15 PDT

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(image) (image) Despite a moderately successful box-office turnout (worldwide) and earning generally positive marks from the critic community, Ridley Scott's Prometheus quickly earned and has further developed a reputation since its release for being, at best, a lackluster return to science-fiction for Ridley Scott. The visuals and tone might've been representative of the Blade Runner and Alien director, but the film's exploration of the origins of mankind produced overambitious world-building, odd lapses in scientific logic, and, put bluntly, some rather idiotic decisions made by the characters. The coupling of Prometheus -- both the experience in making it and the divisive fan response -- and the Academy Award-nominated efforts he poured into The Martian<...Read the entire review

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Thu, 25 May 2017 08:48:36 PDT

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Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou
Year: 2017

Guy Ritchie's take on the Arthurian legend wasn't welcomed with open arms, and I think I understand why. I can only speak for Americans, but I think we view Camelot with a sense of awe, this mythical place that's better than here, these heroic men who are greater than we could ever hope to be. Basically, we put this story on a pedestal, treating it with near-Shakespearean gloves, and we don't like it to be told too flippantly. We're tough critics when it comes to Arthur, even if it's difficult to explain, and we dare each director who tries their hand to make a mistake, lest we roast them. Trailers for Ritchie's version appeared over-the-top, a ...Read the entire review

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Alien: Covenant

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:01:48 PDT

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Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup
Year: 2017

Ridley Scott returns to the Alien Universe with Covenant, the second prequel to the previous line of franchise films. Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Prometheus: this is the must-watch canon for fans of the series, with this fifth piece of the puzzle coming as a delight to all those who have followed the story over all these years. Alien is a horror film, Aliens is an act...Read the entire review

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The Circle

Wed, 10 May 2017 14:48:48 PDT

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Director: James Ponsoldt
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega
Year: 2017

It's time to face facts; Emma Watson's adorable real life presence has masked that she's not as talented as we want her to be. We fell in love with her portrayal of Hermione, supported her as she branched out into other films, and have since been dying for her to live up to our expectations. After all, she's both beautiful and approachable, a strong role model off-camera, a riveting face on-screen, an actress who seems to be the Anne Hathaway antithesis; someone we're actually rooting for and would pay to have as a friend. I'm gushing, I know, I adore Watson, but she has that demeanor, something all Hollywood desires, I just wish it was backed up b...Read the entire review

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Tue, 09 May 2017 12:13:22 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Kurt Russell
Year: 2017

Before we start, I think we should agree that Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best comic book movies ever made, and that it was enjoyable on too many levels to count, a film that came as near to a perfect balance between style, substance, entertainment, and quality as you are likely to see. Even skeptics going in like me came out blown away, as GotG gave the genre the exact thrust it needed in the exact right direction, setting the stage for a Marvel Universe explosion that everyone an...Read the entire review

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Tue, 09 May 2017 12:13:22 PDT

Recommended

(image) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the latest attempt atrevitalizing the King Arthur story. Warner Bros has broughtaudiences a new take on the classic legend with an action-adventurefilm from acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes).The film is from executive producers David Dobkin (R.I.P.D.),Jeff Kleeman (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.), and Bruce Berman (TheMatrix).

There have been many attempts at bringing the story of King Arthurto the big screen before. With films such as King Arthur (2004),Excalibur (1981), The Sword in the Stone (1963), it seems there isalways room for exploring the legend of King Arthur in cinema. WhatKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword has that the other adaptationsdon't is a modern sensibility, providing a spin on the classiclegend for today's audiences.

In this incarnation of the classic legend, King Arthur (CharlieHunnam) is unaware...Read the entire review

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Tue, 02 May 2017 15:58:30 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 enhances the first film, James Gunn's terrific blend of awestruck space opera and deliciously irreverent pop-culture obsessed comedy, rather than improving it. It's pretty much what we got out of the original, not much more, and not much less. I understand that this doesn't sound like the most passionate of endorsements, but considering my love for the first Guardians, which I still think of as the best Marvel movie and one of the best films of 2014, I'm more than wholly satisfied to be met with the same level of quality.

Yes, the first sequel does its typical first sequel thing, and takes what the audience loved about the first film and delivering more of it with slight tweaks. Yet there's still an undeniable amount of genuine ingenuity and charm that keeps pumping fresh blood into this ...Read the entire review

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Free Fire

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:39:48 PDT

Recommended

(image) (image) There's a portion of the American population that sticks to the mantra: "Guns don't kill people. People kill people." Well, Free Fire tosses together a bunch of different types of people and crates full of guns into a confined space, and a lot of shooting and killing happens regardless of who's behind the artillery and pulling the trigger. Does that support any side of the argument, or both? That matters about as much as the story itself matters within Ben Wheatley's latest pure action guilty pleasure ... that's to say, not much at all, really. Encased in a dilapidated factory with tons of jagged hiding spaces, an eclectic group of largely untrained criminals and renegades are thrown into a firefight after a large arms deal goes south, propelled by rapid humor and o...Read the entire review

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The Fate of the Furious

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:45:15 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) Love them or hate them, the Fast and the Furious franchise is back for another round of ridiculous action and doubly-ridiculous but deeply earnest sentiment about "family." The Fate of the Furious marks the first in what on- and off-screen patriarch Vin Diesel has said is a final trilogy, with the series poised to end with its tenth entry in 2021 (also the series' 20th anniversary). The good news for the "love them" camp is that this ambitious plan is off to a great start: Fate of the Furious is arguably the best Fast film yet.

One thing that distinguishes Fast from other long-running action franchises is that the series' tone and mythology was crafted on the go, resulting in a polarizing mixture of styles and creative objectives. In particular, the previous entry, which said goodbye to Diesel's co-lead Paul Walker after the actor was tragically killed in...Read the entire review

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T2 Trainspotting

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:54:25 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) The first question that comes to mind hearing about T2 Trainspotting, a 20-years-later sequel to Danny Boyle's now-classic adaptation of Irvine Welsh's book, is probably "is this necessary?" At a glance, the story of a group of heroin addicts screwing around, screwing up, and screwing each other over probably looks like one of the more misguided attempts to turn something with a bit of cultural cachet into a "franchise." Trainspotting doesn't need a sequel. However, Boyle and returning screenwriter John Hodge reframe the question by using the same nostalgia driving modern pop culture within the story instead of using it on the audience. T2 Trainspotting doesn't justify its existence by offering an "essential" extension of the story or characters; instead it uses the pop culture foundation of the original film to explore notions of aging and perspective (not to mentio...Read the entire review

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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:21:09 PDT

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(image) Watching Paramount's big-budget sci-fi action blockbuster Ghost in the Shell, the obvious metaphor is impossible to escape: this is a bunch of old parts placed in a shiny new container. Items inside this one include the original manga by Masamune Shirow, the 1995 anime adaptation by Mamoru Oshii, Blade Runner, star Scarlett Johansson's work in the Avengers films, Batman Begins, and in a circular feedback loop, even The Matrix, which itself drew from Ghost in the Shell as one of its many stylistic inspirations. If that recipe sounds like a mess, that's because it is: Ghost in the Shell is likely to rank among the year's worst Hollywood attempts to feed bits of a formula into an established brand name in order to create a hit.

Johansson plays Major Mara Killian, an officer in Tokyo's Section 9, a team of cyber cops who track things like hac...Read the entire review

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Life (2017)

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:48:41 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Director: Daniel Espinosa
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds
Year: 2017

While Life isn't quite Interstellar, it's also no Fantastic Four, falling somewhere in the middle as far as overall ranking and even genre. It's not as cerebral as a sci-fi thinker, it's not as action-packed as a comic book thriller, but it has elements of both that it uses as it sees fit. Ultimately, Life will be compared to Alien, a creature feature set in outer space, and although it won't quite live up to those standards, it also won't do them an injustice. Where you...Read the entire review

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