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Born from Quirky Comedy, <i>Brigsby Bear</i> is Warm and Fuzzy

Born from Quirky Comedy, Brigsby Bear is Warm and Fuzzy

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07/24/2017

Brigsby Bear Adventures — an off-kilter mishmash of Teletubbies and Barney — is such a constant in the life of 25-year-old James (Kyle Mooney) it borders on a religion. Day after day, James plops down in front of his old fashioned TV and absorbs the show’s peculiar aphorisms as the titular animatronic bear solves math…

<i>Spider-Man: Homecoming</i> Gets Caught in Its Own Web

Spider-Man: Homecoming Gets Caught in Its Own Web

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07/19/2017

When a film gets a character as right as Spider-Man: Homecoming gets Peter Parker, it can go a long way towards making a great movie. There’s no doubt that Homecoming’s biggest strength is its titular hero. Tom Holland is a natural as both sides of Peter Parker’s identity, as he embraces the role with a…

Rage and Empathy in <i>I, Daniel Blake</i>

Rage and Empathy in I, Daniel Blake

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06/20/2017

Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), the titular character of Ken Loach’s new film on working class Britons, is the salt of the earth. A 59-year old widower, Dan lives in a blue-collar Newcastle housing complex, trades good-natured barbs with his young neighbor, China (Kema Sikazwe), and supports himself with a career in carpentry. Well, he did…

Better Off Dead: Don’t Bother Exhuming <i>The Mummy</i>

Better Off Dead: Don’t Bother Exhuming The Mummy

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06/17/2017

Casting Tom Cruise in what is supposed to be a cinematic universe starter may not be the best idea. At this point in his career, almost anything Cruise stars in must cater to his strengths: namely, running away from things. Indeed, The Mummy feels an awful lot like a film that cannot decide what it…

<i>Maudie</i> Praises Love Amidst Differences

Maudie Praises Love Amidst Differences

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06/02/2017

Maudie begins with a close up between a painting and an artist. A small woman paints flowers and smiles in delight at her talent as a title card introduces her as “Maudie.” Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins,) born in 1903, was a Canadian folk artist crippled from an early age by arthritis. Despite her affliction, Lewis…

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