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Reviews Petes Dragon

A remake of a lightly regarded, little remembered live action/animation family-oriented film seems like an unlikely path for a major Hollywood studio to pursue, but the economics of big-budget filmmaking dictate otherwise. Remakes, reboots, and sequels, not to mention prequels and spinoffs, remain the norm, not the…

Reviews Sausage Party

Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “Hell is other people.” In Sausage Party, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s raunchy, R-rated animated comedy (Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon co-directed from a screenplay credited to Rogen, Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir), hell isn’t other people. Hell is people, full stop. Humans are the…

Reviews The Lost Arcade

Geared primarily toward an audience pre-sold on the premise, The Lost Arcade, the latest documentary from writer Irene Chin and director Kurt Vincent, seems unable, maybe unwilling, to explain much of anything about the gaming scene it holds so dear. With its singular focus on New York City’s last proper video game arcade, the…

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A Hologram for the King (Lionsgate) stars Tom Hanks as Alan Clay, a middle-aged, divorced American businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia hoping to sell King Abdullah a holographic telecommunications system. Nearly broke, Alan is depending on a big commission if the sale goes through. But the King delays seeing him for days, leaving …

Reviews Suicide Squad

Earlier this year, Warner Bros. learned a painful, if valuable, lesson: “Live by Zack Snyder, die by Zack Snyder.” After handing Snyder the reins to Superman, arguably Warner Bros. most valuable IP (intellectual property), four years ago – to divisive, controversial reactions from critics and moviegoers alike – Warner Bros. repeated…

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From 2002 to 2007, the Bourne trilogy (loosely based upon the bestselling spy series by Robert Ludlum) revolutionised action cinema with its pulse-pounding blend of brutal, realistic espionage and gripping realpolitik, forming the model for countless imitators to come. When Universal’s vain attempt …

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Keanu (Warner Home Video) is an action comedy about Rell (Jordan Peele) and Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key), suburban middle-class guys chafing at recent developments. Rell has been dumped and is brooding. Clarence’s complicated marriage is giving him doubts about his masculinity. When Rell’s kitten, Keanu, is catnapped, the strait-laced pair try to …

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Jason Bourne is entirely useless, a completely unnecessary extension of an otherwise flawless franchise that, despite a directorial change between the first and second films, was as tightly wound and cohesively mounted as a modern studio franchise could possibly be. The Bourne series was a feat of …

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Most surprising about Bad Moms is not its sneaky feminist verve – although, to be frank, that’s something of a surprise as well, since a “Moms Behaving Badly” premise is not, on its own, a stamp of feminism. No, most surprising is that this woman-dominant, subversive tempest of empowerment and …

Reviews Bad Moms

Someone, somewhere – a heretofore, unnamed, faceless studio executive – thought it was a good, possibly even a great, idea to give the writing duo behind The Hangover trilogy (a favorite among dude-bros everywhere), Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the greenlight to write and produce a female-oriented comedy (“mom-com”), Bad…

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