Ford V Ferrari (Big Screen Review)

Everything you need to know about Ford v Ferrari is right there in the title. This crowd-pleasing and well-made movie about the Ford racing team's quest to win the 24-hour Le Mans race follows just about every predictable beat you can imagine in a sports movie. But what sets it apart is the magnetic star presences of Matt …

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Parasite (Big Screen Review)

"Money is an iron, it smoothes out all the creases." Parasite, the Cannes Film Festival winner and the latest by the visionary Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja) starts with a classic premise: a tale of two families. One of them, the Kims, lives literally below street-level in a back-alley apartment crawling with …

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Double Feature: Ghostwatch and The Blair Witch Project

Thanks in part to the ineptitude of the bulk of latter-day "found footage" movies, it is easy to heap derision on Ghostwatch and The Blair Witch Project, two movies that in many ways pioneered the genre. In the latter case, the fact that it became such a phenomenal cultural touchstone in 1999 also meant that it achieved the level …

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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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Studio Ghibli #4: Kiki’s Delivery Service

By the time Kiki's Delivery Service came out, Studio Ghibli's penchant for finding magic in ordinary things was quickly becoming the studio's calling card. Yet, as seems to be the case with most animation studios, the critical success of Ghibli's early work did not translate into commercial success (perhaps pairing the melancholy My Neighbor Totoro with the soul-crushingly …

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