Ad Astra (Big Screen Review)

Do yourself a favor: Before strapping yourself in for this Brad Pitt star-vehicle, ignore any of the promotional material surrounding the movie, which hints at some sort of science-fiction action extravaganza that provides cosmic;level entertainment. Anyone going in expecting that is bound to be disappointed. What Ad Astra stands firmly in the tradition of universe exploration …

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Hustlers (Big Screen Review)

Early on in Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers we follow Destiny (Constance Wu) in a single steadicam shot as she prepares for her first night at a high-end strip club in New York, the moment evoking Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas in the best possible way. Moments later, we are given an unforgettable introduction to the club's star Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) with a show-stopping …

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Ready or Not (Big Screen Review)

Ready or Not's premise is as simple as it is devastatingly ludicrous: At every wedding the Le Domas family, an insanely wealthy board-gaming dynastic family, play a simple game at midnight to welcome the newest member of the family. This year it is Grace's (Samara Weaving) turn as the eldest son's bride to blindly draw …

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It: Chapter Two (Big Screen Review)

Trying to cram Stephen King's massive tome It into one movie was always going to be an impossible task. The decision back in 2014, when the It project was still a Cary Fukunaga project and not an Andi Muschietti joint, to split the movies by timeline certainly was controversial as King's weaving between the past and present lent the …

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