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Reviews robocop
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RoboCop, a dark political and cultural satire and director Paul Verhoeven’s first American film, was released in the middle of a summer no one knew was a harbinger of things to come. Filled with arid, empty urban landscapes covered in dust and rust and decay, the disintegrating Detroit of the film, thirty years on, less…

Reviews WISH UPON
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If Wish Upon (A Star), the latest attempt at horror counter-programming during a typical summer crammed with sequels, prequels, and remakes, has anything to offer, it’s not in the scares, shocks, or jumps department (they’re few and far between). It’s also not in a stale, clichéd premise (seven wishes, “be careful…

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After failing to get moviegoers behind Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, 20th Century Fox faced a dilemma: Put the Planet of the Apes series into cold storage for the foreseeable future and try again later or ignore the negative reactions and move forward with another sequel. The decision to reboot (again) proved to be one of the …

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Underground: Season Two (Sony Home Entertainment) continues to draw upon America’s historical roots, bringing pioneering hero and infamous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds), to life along with abolitionist Frederick Douglas (John Legend). The Macon 7 face several challenges in their dangerous escape to freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war. As tensions escalate and risks are taken, their plans may lead to safety or disintegrate.

Reviews beguiled
7.5
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In Sofia Coppola’s (The Bling Ring, Somewhere, Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides) Palme d’Or’ winning sixth film – not counting 2015’s made-for-Netflix A Very Murray Christmas – The Beguiled, the second adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel (the first, released in 1971, starred a Don…

Reviews baby driver
7.5
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In an alternate universe, Edgar Wright (The Cornetto Trilogy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Spaced) would have directed Ant-Man, Ant-Man would have become an even bigger commercial and critical hit than it was two years ago, and Wright would have moved on bigger and better projects with even more creative control, in…

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Liar’s Dice (Kino Lorber) is a road drama about a young woman’s search for her missing husband along with a surly stranger’s help. In a snowy village near the Tibetan border, Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa) hasn’t heard from her husband in five months since he took a construction job far from home. Since she doesn’t know whether he’s had an accident, run off with another woman, or encountered foul play, she is determined to set out herself to track him down.

Reviews the big sick
8.8
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The romantic comedy genre has been around since the beginning of time. Ranging from the classic films of Charlie Chaplin, to the many Nancy Meyers films, the genre has definitely grown to something new over the past few years. Whereas the early 2000’s were the age of high-budget romantic comedies that starred high…

Reviews despicable me 3
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It’s usually a sign of desperation, creative bankruptcy, or likely both to introduce a long-lost, hitherto unknown sibling or relative into an ongoing series or franchise. It’s an old soap-opera gimmick, but it made the jump to the big screen more than twenty-five years ago when Star Trek: The Final Frontier, easily the worst of the…

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