Day: June 4, 2018

Deadpool 2 review

‘Deadpool 2’ Review: A Smug Sequel That’s Just as Obnoxious as The Original

June 4, 2018

Much like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 is less a movie than a smirky, feature-length meme generator. Though the sequel has a new director and some new cast members, Deadpool 2 is unsurprisingly doubling down on what made the first film such a big hit, including jokes about exactly how big of a hit at the […]

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Solo Review 2

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is Uneven and Messy and a Whole Bunch of Fun

June 4, 2018

There will always be something transporting about the music that John Williams has composed for the Star Wars universe. As soon as the old themes and styles of orchestrations (lavish strings, sharp brass) kick in during Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, it’s difficult not to feel a little jolt of excitement — or […]

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solo review

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Review: A Highly Entertaining Adventure That’s Not Really About Anything

June 4, 2018

After a troubled production, Solo: A Star Wars Story is here. The good news: the behind-the-scenes woes weren’t enough to sink the film and create a mess. The bad news: that doesn’t necessarily mean everything in Solo runs as smoothly as it should. At the center of Solo is a question: what do we want […]

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American Animals review

‘American Animals’ Review: A Quasi-True Story of An Audacious Art Heist

June 4, 2018

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. American Animals is in select theaters today.) Heist movies are all about setting up the illusion of clockwork precision, but every good heist film features at least one scene where the job goes horribly wrong – and the great ones often dive into […]

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Fahrenheit 451 review

‘Fahrenheit 451’ Review: An Adaptation With Some Heat, But Not Enough Fire

June 4, 2018

Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 gets a slick, stylish update for the Trump era courtesy of 99 Homes director Ramin Bahrani. On the surface, taking Bradbury’s book about the suppression of knowledge and setting it firmly in a world that seems to be crafted in the image of Donald Trump makes sense, and […]

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Upgrade Review

‘Upgrade’ Review: A Gory, Wild and Clever Hybrid of Sci-fi, Action, and Horror

June 4, 2018

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the SXSW Film Festival. Upgrade is in theaters today.) Leigh Whannell’s latest film Upgrade is one of the most strikingly invigorated sci-fi watches I’ve been awestruck by in quite some time. I’m talking *hard* sci-fi, with callbacks to anything from eXistenZ to The Matrix to Minority Report. […]

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deadpool 2 spoiler review

‘Deadpool 2’ Spoiler Review: Better Than the First Film in Every Way

June 4, 2018

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: David Leitch’s surprisingly funny Deadpool 2.) “This is a family film,” Deadpool tells us early on in Deadpool 2. It is, of course, a joke […]

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Solo A Star Wars Story Spoiler Review

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Spoiler Review: A Hollow Heist Adventure That’s a Damn Entertaining Ride

June 4, 2018

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ron Howard‘s exciting but hollow prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story.) Han Solo is one of the most beloved characters in the Star […]

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noblemen review

‘Noblemen’ Review: A Cautionary Tale of Cruelty and Violence [New York Indian Film Festival]

June 4, 2018

The New York Indian Film Festival played host to several Shakespeare adaptations this year. Among them were Bornilla Chatterjee’s The Hungry and Abhaya Simha’s Paddayi, relatively direct transpositions of Titus Andronicus and Macbeth, though unassuming upland bullying drama Noblemen decided to use the Bard more obliquely: as a moral backdrop for its twisted tale. Set […]

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