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Chemical Hearts trivializes mental illness with its doomed love story

Chemical Hearts (2020) may be a romance, but it was never supposed to be a love story. Based on Kyrstal Sutherland’s novel Our Chemical Hearts, the film follows the doomed... Read more

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Irresistible offers political commentary for 2019, in 2020

As the 2020 election draws closer, ads humanizing wealthy politicians start to fill television screens once more. Inboxes are cluttered with donation requests, and campaign speeches hitting just the right... Read more

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The Kissing Booth sequel, much like high school relationships, fails to deliver on its promise

I hate everyone in this movie.  This was, admittedly, a problem for me in the first movie—Noah (Jacob Elordi) is exactly the kind of boy I want us to stop... Read more

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The Burnt Orange Heresy Is A Beautiful Film That Spirals Out Of Control

“You ever wonder, when something is just starting, how it’s going to end?” remarks tourist Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki) to art critic James Figueras (Claes Bang) after having sex in... Read more

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The Laundromat is a Bad Copy of The Big Short

When The Big Short  was released in 2015, it should not have worked nearly as well as it did. It was trying to explain a complex issue within the constraints... Read more

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John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum is a Stunning Action Thrill Ride with a Nonsensical Plot

Nothing can stop John Wick. This is seemingly true for both Keanu Reeves’ out-of-retirement assassin and his film franchise, as the action-packed series blasts its way through an improbably fun... Read more

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Long Shot: Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron Shine in Timely Rom-Com

Is Seth Rogen hot? It’s a question that the internet has been asking ever since last November when the usually scruffy actor-comedian tweeted a selfie without his signature scraggly beard.... Read more

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The Favourite is a Carnal, Comical Survival of the Fittest

Beneath layers of starched pleats and prim petticoats, the trio of well-stationed women who animate the ornate corridors of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest have claws. But this is no mere... Read more

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The Miracle Season is Average, But in a Good Way

There is a genre of film, often based on true stories, that is characterized by its coupling of heart-wrenching tragedies with inspirational tales of hope and redemption. The Miracle Season... Read more

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Tomb Raider Was All Action, and That’s Not a Bad Thing

The new Tomb Raider movie is a feminist Indiana Jones. Starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the rough-edged adventurer who is on a quest to find her missing father, Tomb... Read more

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The Death of Stalin Is a Darkly Funny Portrait of Political Chaos

Armando Iannucci is no stranger to biting political satire. The two works he’s best known for, BBC’s “The Thick of It” and HBO’s “Veep,” both possess a take-no-prisoners approach to... Read more

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Precise and Vivid, Foxtrot is a Striking Love Letter

Foxtrot begins with a faint. Men in uniform have come to the home of affluent Tel Aviv couple Michael and Dafna (Lior Ashkenazi and and Sarah Adler, respectively), their arrival... Read more

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7 Days in Entebbe Proves to be Unfocused and Hard to Follow

A film that depicts a high-stress hijacking, followed by one of the most daring rescue missions in history ought to reflect the hardships, emotions and complications that came with those... Read more

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Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is a Gift to the Youth of the World

When I was a child, my parents read my sisters and I Madeleine L’Engle’s sci-fi novels as bedtime stories. The books remain an integral part of my childhood because they... Read more

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Game Night : A Refreshingly Light, Creative Film

Game Night begins with an irresistibly funny and ridiculous montage in which the main couple meets that sets the tone for the entire film. Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and... Read more

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Half of a Great Star Wars film

Two films into a new trilogy, and three films into the new Disney era in a galaxy far, far away, audiences have yet to get something completely new from the... Read more

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The Disaster Artist, a Brilliant Masterpiece

It is difficult to make a movie more terrible than The Room. And it is even more difficult to make a movie about the making of The Room without it... Read more

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Despite A Predictable Plot, Coco is a Dazzling and Heartwarming Story

Disney Pixar’s Coco follows Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a young aspiring musician who comes from a family of cobblers with a 95-year-long ban on music. After attempting to steal the guitar... Read more

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Justice League Reinforces DC’s Course Correction, for Better or Worse

Few films have hit theaters with the same production problems as Justice League. Indeed, any comic fan would have been concerned with the litany of bad news coming out of... Read more

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Murder on the Orient Express: A Good Twist Covers For A Weak Adaptation

My first introduction to Agatha Christie was on Christmas Day 2007. My uncle gave ten-year-old me one of her novels with the inscription, “This is widely considered Christie’s best book,... Read more