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Home Entertainment beggars of life
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A fantastic achievement in both entertainment and form, William Wellman’s Beggars of Life (1928) received only a tepid response on its original release. Based on Jim Tully’s second (of over 40) books about his years riding the rails, Beggars portrays hobos as all-American representatives of freedom. Not that it’s changed…

Reviews wind river
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The “white savior” narrative gets a remarkable workout in writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, a surprisingly shallow, generic mystery-thriller set on a Native American reservation. An unfortunate cross between Thunderheart and Mississippi Burning, Wind River tries valiantly to tackle serious, weighty issues…

Reviews annabelle creation
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Only Disney and Marvel have managed to crack the cinematic universe code, but that hasn’t stopped other movie studios from trying. Just as moviegoers are showing signs of fatigue, Paramount wants to turn the Transformers series into a full-fledged cinematic universe. Universal just tried and failed to create the…

Reviews kidnap
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Oscar-winner Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball) has played superheroes before, most notably Storm in the original X-Men series and the ill-fated Catwoman spinoff, but in Kidnap, a B-level, exploitation chase thriller and

Reviews the dark tower
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Over eight novels stretching out across four decades and two centuries, Stephen King’s Gunslinger has pursued his arch-nemesis, the Man in Black, across not just of the fallen Mid-World, a post-apocalyptic, post-industrial wasteland, but ours (or a reasonable facsimile) too, with the fate of the multiverse, as always…

NP Approved ghost story
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David Lowery, throughout the few films he’s made, has proved himself to be a unique, distinctive voice – one heavily inspired by the works of filmmakers such as Terrence Malick and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, yet still retaining enough of his individual style to be more than a mere imitator. Lowery’s brand of visual…

Reviews valerian
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You can’t argue with Luc Besson. The man knows how to spend upwards of $200 million – $209 million by one report, $225 million by another – on his latest, soon-to-be-but-maybe-not-debacle, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Besson’s big-screen adaptation of Pierre Christin Jean-Claude Mézières’…

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…

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