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The Decade Decathlon: 2012

Welcome back to the Decade Decathlon, where we're taking an extended look back at the past decade of filmmaking to see what worked, what didn't, and what stories we can learn from the past. 2012 is unique when looking at the trajectory of t...

 
 
 
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Review: Crawl

The killer animal film has come a long way since Jaws. These days you've got to have a prehistoric giant shark to even get folks talking about your movie. The thinking is that normal-sized, non-mutated animals just aren't enough anymore, I ...

 
 
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Review: The Farewell

There’s a brief prefatory note in Lulu Wang’s The Farewell that gives viewers an idea of what to expect: “Based on an actual lie.” The film spun out of a 2016 piece Wang recorded for This American Life. I still haven...

 
 
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Review: The Lion King

When I reviewed Disney's live-action remake of The Jungle Book I proclaimed that it was a revolution in digital animation. The uncanny valley had been defeated and we now stood on the precipice  of a new era in CGI, where you stru...

 
 
 
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Review: Midsommar

If I'm being perfectly honest with myself, I've been pretty disillusioned with the horror genre in recent months. I really do hate to be the kind of old man that groans "they don't make them like they used to" but I really do think that hor...

 
 
 
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Neil Gaiman's Sandman is getting a big-budget Netflix series

A live-action adaptation of The Sandman seems to be getting off the ground after years of false starts. Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking comics series will be coming to Netflix. Netflix has partnered with Warner Bros. TV to bring the crit...

 
 
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Review: Yesterday

Let's play a game. Head around the Internet and count up how many Beatles song puns there are as headlines or subheaders for reviews of the movie Yesterday. I mean, I went with one, obviously, and the few other reviews my peepers have lande...

 
 
 
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Bo Burnham: comedy in the age of anxiety

There is something undeniably addictive about Bo Burnham’s work, and watching Eighth Grade only deepened my appreciation for him. He intrigues and saddens me in equal measure because he’s prodigiously gifted. How can one person,...

 
 
 
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Review: Toy Story 4

There's an old adage within Pixar, that the prestigious animated studio wouldn't make sequels unless they had "better stories" than the originals. Ever since Cars 2 followed up a homely and relatable classic with espionage plots and literal...

 
 
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I'll never forget watching Inception in theaters

Children know that when school is over, it's time for the good movies. Superheroes, robots, aliens, and other out-worldly forces take over movie theaters to provide relief, escapism, and as we learn later in life, nostalgia. It is these sum...

 
 
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Review: Men in Black: International

As a franchise, Men in Black feels like it has justified its continued existence within the sphere of pop culture. Launching hot off the heels of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith was a star, and Tommy Lee Jones' Agent K was the gruff...

 
 
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Review: The Secret Life of Pets 2

The first The Secret Life of Pets was a big hit, not only because it functioned as a children's movie but because it had lots of fluffy animals that could be turned into toys and then bought by children. You have to keep the momentum g...

 
 
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Review: Dark Phoenix

The storm of production woes and legal hand-overs surrounding Dark Phoenix, the latest and final entry in this cinematic iteration of Marvel's X-Men, has no doubt swayed the public in one way or another. Some of us were calling it quits bef...

 
 
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Five reasons why you should never see Dark Phoenix

[Editor’s note: this piece contains spoilers relating to Dark Phoenix] Marvel/Disney is pushing Dark Phoenix hard. It’s not their film in that they didn’t make it, but they own it now, and they’re going to try to cap...

 
 
 
 
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Deep Analysis: Mad Max: Fury Road

Action films can be so difficult to discuss, and even before that they’re difficult to qualify. You think of Die Hard and Commando, and clearly those fit our notion of what an “action movie” is. But is Heat an action movie...

 
 
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The multiverse will ruin the MCU

Within my social circles, I'm known for my enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Heck, I even sat through all of Inhumans, if you want an idea of how much a completionist I am. But to the surprise of many, I'v...

 
 
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Flixist on YouTube - Top 3 Third Films in A Franchise

We can all agree John Wick 3 rocked the box office and all of our minds with Parabellum as the 3rd entry into the franchise. But how rare is it for a third film in a franchise to be so good? I answer that question with the latest edition to...

 
 
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Review: Brightburn

There's an interesting concept behind Brightburn. We take the Superman myth and instead of him being instilled with good morals by two wonderful Kansans he turns out evil instead. There's so much to unpack in that concept. Debates about nat...

 
 
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I've never seen There Will Be Blood and I'm not proud of it

(Editor's Note: After discovering the movies that the staff hasn't watched they've all been fired. We will rebuild with people who actually enjoy watching movies.) We've all got that movie right? The one that we keep saying we're going to w...

 
 
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Terminator: Dark Fate goes hunting in first trailer

Well, if you're going to reignite excitement over a franchise that I'd struggle to still call a franchise at this point this trailer is the way to do it. Taking the cliche tactic of playing a slow, dramatic cover of a song over an action m...

 
 
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Game of Thrones' biggest death was the death of logic

With HBO's Game of Thrones being perhaps the biggest pop culture television phenomenon of the past decade, all of the close examination and scrutiny that came with it in its final year made sense. The eighth and final season has gone, and o...

 
 
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Good trailer, bad movie: the films we were duped into seeing

Have you ever watched a trailer that got you excited about a movie? I hope so, seeing as that is their main purpose. It's supposed to get you excited and bring you into the theater, right? It's such a rewarding feeling when the goodwill tha...

 
 
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A guide to new and upcoming streaming services

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Netflix began a revolution; by offering a number of film and television titles from a number of different studios and companies, the dream of cable subscriptions becoming obsolete was looking more ...

 
 
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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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The Decade Decathlon: 2010

Welcome back to the Decade Decathlon, where we're taking an extended look back at the past decade of filmmaking to see what worked, what didn't, and what stories we can learn from the past. As is usually the case with a new decade, a lot of...

 
 
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Pokemon: Spell of the Unown is still the best Pokemon movie

So that Detective Pikachu movie was pretty good, wasn't it? It's not like I was expecting it to be a train-wreck or anything, but you can never be too sure with video game adaptations. Even when they're decent, like that Silent Hill movie t...

 
 
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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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Watchmen teaser shows off the first footage of HBO spin-off

There's been a void of information about the upcoming HBO "adaptation" of the seminal comic Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. While showrunner Damon Lindelof (LOST) has been pretty upfront about it not being a direct adaptation, he's...

 
 
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Continuity, Endgame, and the future of the MCU

Since it's been well over a week since Avengers: Endgame came out, I think it's time for us to have a serious discussion and just what exactly the MCU's future is going to look like. Because of this, there will be major spoilers for th...

 
 
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Deep Analysis: Fearless

Over here in America, martial arts films don't tend to be well received. While there are a few exceptions to that statement, you typically don't hear people bringing up the films of Jackie Chan aside from Legend of Drunken Master or any of ...

 
 
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Endgame: exploring the MCU’s post-9/11 trauma

Avengers: Endgame has fast become a part of history. With its monumental $1.3 billion opening weekend, the film was nothing short of a cultural event, solidifying the MCU in modern history. Yet in the hype it’s easy to fo...

 
 
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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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Stuber"The Lyft of buddy cop Uber movies "

 

Crawl"Small spaces"

 

The Farewell"Sad, funny, but most importantly honest"

 

The Lion King"Play it again, Simba"

 

Darlin'"Feral and tender"

 

Midsommar"Sumer is Icumen in"

 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 Episode 7 - "Toldja""Everyone is here (and lacking common sense)!"

 

Ophelia"Hamlet 2.0"

 

Maiden"Girls to the front, go rock the boat"

 

Yesterday"Nowhere man"

 

Spider-Man: Far from Home"EuroTrip except with superhero violence instead of sex"

 

The Third Wife"Fate has the upper hand."

 

Toy Story 4"An existential nightmare (for kids!)"

 

Jessica Jones Season 3"What is your truth?"

 

Men in Black: "Oh, they have crap overseas too!"

 

The Dead Don't Die"Shambling wreck or full of brains?"

 

Shaft"Shut cho mouth!"

 

Diamantino"Ignorance is bliss"

 

The Fall of the American Empire"Big ideas, bad ideas, muddled ideas"

 

The Secret Life of Pets 2"A move with the attention spa... SQUIRREL!"

 
 
 
 
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