Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

During the desperate race to catch up with Marvel Studios in the cinematic universe arms race, the DC extended universe got itself entangled trying to unite its disparate movies with a specific tone (dour and dark) and a continuity that was both inorganic and overstuffed. Early on in the irreverent and manic Birds of Prey …

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1917

1917 is a movie that sucks you into its wake. Beginning in a quiet field with soldiers napping peacefully on a sunny day, the movie quickly plunges you into the horrors of World War I, as director Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) embeds you with two soldiers Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) who are …

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Big Screen Review)

(While I won't be actively discussing the biggest story points here, lets just assume that minor SPOILERS about basic details of the plot will be present in this review) Over 40 years after Star Wars entered and dominated large segments of popular culture Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker comes with the promise of finally bringing the core …

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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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