Day: June 15, 2017

Review: ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Delivers Insane Action and Little Else

June 15, 2017

How much can you really analyze the films of The Fast and the Furious franchise at this point? They know what they are, and the fans of these movies definitely know what awaits them with each, new entry. The formula is evident: fast cars, silly dialogue, colorful but badass characters, and family, always family. The […]

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Review: Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’ is a Miscalculated Sci-Fi Misfire

June 15, 2017

In 1977, director Ridley Scott made his feature debut with The Duelist, which won the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His next film, 1979’s Alien, catapulted Sigourney Weaver to stardom and would go on to be considered one of the best sci-fi films of all time. A thriller about an extraterrestrial […]

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Cannes 2017: ‘Okja’ is a Lovable, Wacky, Animal Rescue Adventure Film

June 15, 2017

I’ve never seen anything like this film before, and we may never see anything like it again. Okja is the latest feature from Korean writer/director Bong Joon Ho, and it’s another completely original story from his brilliant mind. Okja is a fascinating mix of many different things: it’s anti-capitalism, anti-meat, yet it’s also an animal […]

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Review: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Stalls in Stagnant Waters

June 15, 2017

As far as swashbuckling adventures on the high seas go, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – what a mouthful – is running on stagnant tides. It’s amazing to think a film series based off of an amusement park ride would get to its fifth entry in the first place, a much […]

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Review: ‘The Mummy’ is a Messy, Entertaining Start to a Dark Universe

June 15, 2017

The goal for many studios used to be the franchise, a series of films under the umbrella of a recognizable name with which to sell that franchise. Now, thanks in large part to the success Marvel is having, that concept of the franchise has morphed into a “cinematic universe” with any number of “franchises” coming […]

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Review: Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire’ is a Crazy Fun and Comical Ride

June 15, 2017

It’s difficult to say which is sharper in Ben Wheatley’s latest film, Free Fire: the bullets being fired by the nefarious characters found within or the witty jabs those characters tend to fling at one another between the continual barrage of deadly gunplay. One may kill you, but the other may actually hurt your feelings. […]

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Review: Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ is an Emotional Cosmic Adventure

June 15, 2017

In 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn introduced the world to a team of miscreants and misfits forced to come together and save the galaxy. To put it bluntly, they’re a bunch of a-holes. With the sequel, titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest feature from Marvel Studios, the writer-director is tasked […]

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Cannes 2017: Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Inspires the Kid in All of Us

June 15, 2017

Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? That boundless sense of wonder, that feeling that everything could be magical? Trips to museums or big cities were the most spectacular experiences, and even though sometimes things were tough at home, you had your friends to cheer you up. Wonderstruck, the latest film […]

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Cannes 2017: Östlund’s ‘The Square’ is Brilliant, Radical, Art Mockery

June 15, 2017

Oh my goodness, I love Ruben Östlund. He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers. Not only for the way he shoots his films – the iconic cinematography, the music used throughout, the way he blocks his scenes – but also the way he tells such radical, hilarious, brutally honest stories about our society (and […]

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Cannes 2017: Making Connections in Agnès Varda JR’s ‘Faces, Places’

June 15, 2017

Sometimes there’s a film that is so delightful, so cheerful, full of so much optimism and happiness and joy, that it completely changes your mood. You can be upset, or tired, or whatever, and by the end of this film you’re so happy. Nothing will take that happiness away. Everything you just saw was perfect […]

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Cannes 2017: ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ is Insidious, Icky, Unsettling

June 15, 2017

The master provocateur returns again and he’s definitely going to rattle some cages with this film, there’s no doubt about it. Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos has unveiled his latest film at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, titled The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and it’s some seriously creepy, unsettling stuff. I don’t want to give […]

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Cannes 2017: Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’ is Vibrant Full of Life

June 15, 2017

What an exhilarating experience. Tangerine director Sean Baker has premiered his latest film, titled The Florida Project, at the Cannes Film Festival and it’s truly worthy of the standing ovation it received. It contains some of the best performances I’ve seen on screen this year, from very young kids and the talented Willem Dafoe, with […]

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