Movies

A pleasant return to form for Disney-Pixar, Inside Out 2 may understandably not feel as fresh or vibrant as its predecessor but still serves as a strong and enjoyable continuation of Riley’s emotional journey. Kelsey Mann makes her feature-length directorial debut, bringing to life a screenplay by Dave Holstein and returning writer Meg LeFauve. The
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In The Watchers, Warner Bros. tricks you into thinking you’re watching a new M. Night Shyamalan movie (reality: his daughter is making her feature-length debut), Dakota Fanning looks exactly like the Dakota Fanning we remember from 20 years ago, and the story descends into stupidity and boredom the more it progresses. Ishana Shyamalan, who wrote
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There was a time when the summer movie season kicked off with a bang, with an explosive blockbuster sure to pack theaters worldwide. In 2024, we get pure mediocrity in the form of The Fall Guy. Much has been said about the state of cinema, the box office, and The Fall Guy’s inability to draw
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Welcome back to the Wastelands, and what a welcome it is! Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga is a deliriously explosive action epic that meets the high expectations set by its predecessor Fury Road. Humming with high-octane energy, this prequel is weird, imaginatively twisted, and inventively exciting, all the hallmarks of a successful Mad Max tale.
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Ilana Glazer and Michelle Buteau star in Babes, a mildly enjoyable if largely unremarkable comedy-drama about two friends navigating pregnancy and parenting. The movie feels like a less-entertaining episode of the irreverent comedy series “Broad City,” which Glazer wrote and starred in for several seasons. I didn’t watch a lot of “Broad City” myself, but
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A couple of ultra-violent kills don’t make up for negligent ineffectiveness with In a Violent Nature, a slasher movie where the singular hook is that the movie is shown from the killer’s point of view. And it doesn’t even do that particularly well. Written and directed by Chris Nash, In a Violent Nature follows an
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Thelma, the Seattle International Film Festival’s opening film, is an entertaining crowd pleaser, an opportunity for June Squibb to flex her geriatric muscles (or at least awkwardly roll over mattresses) while tracking down the bad guys who tricked her out of $10,000. Squibb plays the title character, an elderly woman who still lives alone despite
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Moving the action several generations after the events of the War for the Planet of the Apes, Wes Ball (The Maze Runner) takes over directing duties and delivers another enthralling apes adventure–albeit one that doesn’t quite live up to the lofty expectations set by the previous three films, one of the best trilogies of all
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In the steamy drama Challengers, Zendaya plays a tennis star at the core of a contentious love triangle, though love may not be the right word. Lust? Power? Control? Tennis? Regardless, Challengers is a provocative, sexy, and uniquely gripping experience. Elevated by a standout score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Challengers moves as fast
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Sometimes you watch a movie that makes you permanently dumber for sitting through it. May I present The Beekeeper, an inane Jason Statham action movie with a stupid story, annoying characters, and Jason Statham doing what Jason Statham does best: kicking ass. The Beekeeper is about… hell, I worry that trying to explain the plot
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Further proof that Broadway plays don’t always make for good movies, the new Mean Girls feels more like a high school adaptation than something that improves upon what most would say is a pretty damn flawless original. Not to be confused with the original non-musical Mean Girls, upon which the play was based, upon which
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A deaf and mute dude violently kills people in the off kilter society of Boy Kills World, which feels like an alternative and more ambitious R-rated version of The Hunger Games. Bill Skarsgaard plays the scrawny and brutal fighter known only as Boy, who has been trained his entire life to take down the evil
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A Sasquatch family wanders through the woods in Sasquatch Sunset, a movie that simultaneously holds your attention while making you wonder why did anyone waste their time making this movie? From the writers and directors of the excellent Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, Sasquatch Sunset for some reason stars Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg as fully
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Incredibly fun and deliciously action-packed, Guy Ritchie’s The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare has all the makings of a classic: humor, excitement, violence, and Henry Cavill and Alan Ritchson kicking serious Nazi ass. I went into Ministry completely blind. Had no idea who was in it. What it was about. What type of movie it was.
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If you suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), then you better watch the buzzy cult horror movie Late Night with the Devil. Pronto. If you suffer from FOWR (Fear of Wasting Time), then for God’s sake trust your gut instinct. The new horror flick from writing-directing duo Cameron and Colin Cairnes gives longtime character
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Alex Garland’s Civil War depicts how shit would go down in the United States should the federation fracture. A viscerally entertaining suspense thriller that works better as just that–versus the commentary on the current state of the union many were expecting given… the current state of the union–Civil War is a worthwhile experience, even if
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In the horror-thriller Arcadian, Nicolas Cage battles angry night monsters, his son attempts to hook up with the one hot female left in the world, and the other son plays MacGuyver. It’s a surprisingly effective combination.  I almost dismissed Arcadian sight unseen. I had only heard about it three days ago, it starred Nicolas Cage
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In Immaculate, Sydney Sweeney covers her best known assets with the cloth and still manages to get knocked up. More importantly, at a tight 90 minutes, the movie is a deliciously dark and occasionally depraved horror-thriller that gets better as it goes along. Early on, Sweeney appeared miscast. She’s a talented actress (look no further
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Satan is up to it again, fucking with those pesky Catholics… once again. The First Omen, a prequel to 1976’s The Omen, stars Nell Tiger Free (“Servant”) as a hot young nun who begins to suspect that one of the girls under her care is being groomed by the less-hot older nuns to give birth
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Dev Patel goes John Wick in Monkey Man, an ultra-violent action flick that boasts some incredibly intense and badass action scenes and the consequences of taking your material too seriously. Patel writes, directs, and stars in the movie, about a dude who infiltrates the world of India’s elite businesspeople and politicians to enact revenge for
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In The Iron Claw, Zac Efron takes steroids to earn himself an Oscar nomination. He, and the movie, needed a few more injections, unfortunately. Even still, the movie’s tragic true story packs enough punches to make a journey inside the ring worth it. About the “cursed” Von Erich brothers, who aspired to do great things
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