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Review: Aniara

Things seem to go awfully wrong in space, don't they? You could argue that without a problem, something going wrong, we don't usually have much of a movie to watch. But still, how often do characters go "Yeah let's do this space thing" and ...

 
 
 
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Review: All is True

The year is 1613. The Globe Theatre, the embodiment of Shakespeare’s life work, has just burned to the ground, and the heartbroken writer has abandoned his work altogether, returning to his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. Just prio...

 
 
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Review: A Dog's Journey

Four dead dogs.  Over the course of an hour and a half, there are four on screen dog deaths. One dies from injection, one gets in a car accident, one dies in its sleep, and the last just wanders off into the woods, fully aware that he'...

 
 
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Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

When John Wick was first announced it wasn't that clear that the franchise would be anything special. After all, Keanu Reeves had made plenty of action films before that of varying quality, and elderly action hero coming back for reven...

 
 
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Review: Perfect

Perfect lets you know what you're in for from its opening shot: A pulsing abstract image with a heavy seizure warning shifts in shape and gains clarity and texture as a ponderous voice recites Bachelor's Degree philosophy about life and lov...

 
 
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Review: Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard is dreamlike moreso than most movies that attempt this distinction. Its journey of a music conductor into the mouth of madness works in symbol and metaphor with gleeful breaks in logic. Moments and places only mesh in that our...

 
 
 
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Review: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

I'll be honest, I have no faith when it comes to adaptations and spin-offs of established media. So walking into Pokemon Detective Pikachu for review, I was ready for cliches, tropes, and lazy slapdash world building. I can't believe how mu...

 
 
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Review: The Hustle

My recommendation for seeing The Hustle? Just rent the original, which is a remake itself. The Hustle, despite its name change and gender swapping, is often a shot-for-shot remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I thought it was strange that th...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: A Day in the Life of America

Out of all of the movies I planned on covering for the Tribeca Film Festival, A Day in the Life of America was by far one of the most ambitious films that could have gone completely haywire. This documentary has a striking premise: cam...

 
 
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Review: Redcon-1

The premise for Redcon-1 is solid: A super soldier serum meant to mutate ordinary fighters into killing machines is carried by an escaped prisoner into the general population. It spreads as a zombie virus and gives any infected with previou...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Georgetown

I’ve been sitting on this review all week because I didn’t really know how to approach it. Georgetown was one of my most anticipated movies of the Tribeca Film Festival, but even after seeing it over a week ago, I still don't kn...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Crown Vic

I feel like cops in media get a bad rap. Not because I think all cops are shown as being evil or corrupt, but because most cop shows or movies don’t really showcase what life is actually like as a cop. When people think of cops in mov...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: After Parkland

The power of documentaries, in my opinion, is the ability to provide audiences with an honest examination of a topic. Sometimes viewers may be aware of the subject matter being discussed in a documentary, but most of the time viewers are ab...

 
 
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Review: Shadow

Zhang Yimou’s Shadow is a movie I need to see twice. How fitting. A second watch won’t just help me understand the complicated palace intrigue or enjoy the visual poetry that plays out in stunning tableaux; the images seem rende...

 
 
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Review: Uglydolls

Uglydolls is an ugly movie. And, yes, I realize that the moral of the film is supposed to be about not judging things by how they look, but what's on the inside. But Uglydolls is ugly throughout. At no point in its under 90-minute...

 
 
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Review: Long Shot

Things started on a high note at the SXSW 2019 premiere of the Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen headliner comedy Long Shot. Upon entry to the Paramount theater, staff distributed free drink vouchers. It was either a semi-transparent ploy...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Bliss

It’s been ages since I’ve seen something as viscerally thrilling as Bliss. Horror movies in recent years have shifted away from gore and gallons of blood to psychological and more intimate fare, but you can only be psychological...

 
 
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Review: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 2)

Between all of the coverage I've been doing for the Tribeca Film Festival, I needed a break from the sea shanties, cannibalism, and organ trafficking. So in between screenings, I would find a nice little hobbit hole and queue up some episod...

 
 
 
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Review: Knock Down The House

Many people switch off when it comes to politics -- and rightly so. Politicians are typically disassociated with the working classes, and for many it’s either a case of fierce loyalty to the upheld order of things or disillusionment a...

 
 
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Review: Room for Rent

I've seen a frail old widow desperately fellate a toothbrush, and I'll never be the same again.

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Film is a visual medium, yet if you remove or tweak the sound elements, the film seems less cinematic. Think about 2001: A Space Odyssey without the classical music cues, or a different T-Rex roar in Jurassic Park, or if the ambient sound i...

 
 
 
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Review: American Gods (Season 2)

To say that Americans Gods has had a rough second season behind the scenes would be a huge understatement. Multiple showrunners left the show, some actors vanished with them, and the show fell victim to multiple production delays because of...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Aamis

Before going in to see Aamis, I tried to explain what this movie was about to Hubert while I was eating a large stack of pancakes. I said that it was a love movie about two people that bond over meat in an Indian society and I had no expect...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Blow the Man Down

Imagine, if you will, a sleepy little fishing town in Maine. Imagine seeing the ocean, calm and serene, with a few ships bobbing in the water like toy boats. Then we pan over to the dock where a stocky fisherman starts leading the other doc...

 
 
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Review: I Trapped the Devil

I'm not a horror fan by any stretch of the imagination, at least not in the modern era. I feel that the genre has lost any sense of enjoyment by replacing steady tension building with jump scares and cliched villains. I yearn for the more p...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Flawless

There's a lot that could go wrong when making a movie like Flawless. It's a high school coming of age story centered around a trans-woman named Eden, who frequently moves due to the harassment she receives by bullies at whatever high school...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Something Else

Horror movies are usually at their best when the monster or villain is an allegory for some deep seated theme or idea. When used properly, the monster/villain is a dark reflection of our protagonist and their flaws, forcing our main charact...

 
 
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Tribeca Review: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

The 24-hour news cycle is ubiquitous yet ephemeral. Cable news networks have so much time to fill, but apart from select shows, the broadcasts are typically aired and forgotten, the footage rarely saved for posterity. That’s what make...

 
 
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Review: Avengers: Endgame

"Avengers assemble" is a stupid line. Actually, it's a stupid line when spoken out loud. In comics it's a great line. You've got the alliteration of the two As lining up in print. It rolls across the eyes when read and you can do some great...

 
 
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Review: Under the Silver Lake

The fixation with Los Angeles in a lot of films shouldn’t really come as much of a shock. In a city that manufactures dreams and drama, there’s got to be some stories worth telling, right? Hell of an understatement there, van de...

 
 
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Review: Hanna

Imagine you are a 15-year-old girl who has never known anything but the woods. You have your father there, who is both a teacher and a trainer. You train endlessly for an unknown purpose and live a simple life. What if that simple life is u...

 
 
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Review: Mary Magdalene

There seems to be a common trend with a lot of biblical films. They have extreme reverence for their source material but tend to lack substance and depth. While there are obviously exceptions to that, I can't really name a lot of religious ...

 
 
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Review: Missing Link

Anyone with eyeballs needs to see every Laika movie, no questions asked. After personally being enlightened with Paranorman, there was no question about the studio's status as unparalleled stop-motion masters. Even more exciting is the vari...

 
 
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Review: Hellboy

Adaptation is a tough thing to nail. You can jump from one medium to another of course, but it feels like making the leap to the movies is the final destination for a lot of original works. You don’t hear of many video games or comic ...

 
 
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Review: Ploey

I must confess, I may be a terrible parent. I conducted an experiment on my kids.  It wasn’t intended as an experiment, but it was one all the same and, as with any experiment, the results may be positive or may be negative....

 
 
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Review: Master Z: Ip Man Legacy

Legendary Wing Chun practitioner Ip Man is famous for popularizing the Wing Chun style the world over and for having taught Bruce Lee, among other students. You'd think that legacy alone would be ripe for great films, but this didn't truly ...

 
 




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Aniara"How grim it is, one's detonation."

 

All is True"To die, to sleep - no more"

 

A Dog's Journey"Old Yeller eat your heart out"

 

Perfect"More plastic than meat"

 

Saint Bernard"This guy's got some problems with wood"

 

Pokemon Detective Pikachu"The ending was not very effective"

 

The Hustle"A remake for those who have not seen the original"

 

Redcon-1"Doomsday but longer and worse"

 

Tribeca Georgetown"That's nearly a bingo"

 

Tribeca Crown Vic"I am... the LAW"

 

Tribeca After Parkland"A not so fitting memorial"

 

Shadow"Wuxia romance by way of Shakespeare and Machiavelli"

 

Uglydolls"You ain't got no alibi"

 

Long Shot"You'll probably tape over your laptop camera from here on out"

 

Tribeca Bliss"Paint it red, red, and more red"

 

Sundance 2019 : Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"Zac Efron goes from heartthrob to heartless monster"

 

Knock Down The House"Everyone loves an underdog"

 

Room for Rent"Why old women shouldn't read romance novels"

 
 
 
 
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