Movie Reviews

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V.28 No.3 | 1/17/2019
Replicas

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Replicas

Keanu Reeves goes old school in retrograde sci-fi thriller

Replicas feels more like a Syfy Channel “mockbuster” parody of a sci-fi film than an actual sci-fi film. The effects grow increasingly junky, and the whole thing devolves into a poorly staged string of chases scenes involving lots of interchangeable guys in black suits with guns.
V.28 No.2 | 1/10/2019
On the Basis of Sex

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On the Basis of Sex

Courtroom drama lauds its subject for her role in the fight for equality

Anyone inclined to go see a biopic about Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the first place is going to be perfectly happy with On the Basis of Sex and its infectious optimism.
V.28 No.1 | 1/3/2019
The man, the myth, the Dick.

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Vice

Satirical biopic plays (dirty) politics

If you're inclined to laugh at the real-life hijinks of our country's various psychopathic politicos, then Vice just might get your vote.
V.27 No.51 | 12/20/2018
Aquaman

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Aquaman

Bright direction and epic action keeps watery superhero afloat

Aquaman is a breezy blend of mythology and sci-fi, delivered to audiences with a winking sense of humor.
V.27 No.50 | 12/13/2018
Emma Stone waits her turn

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The Favourite

Mean and nasty historical drama makes ambition a courtly enterprise

The Favourite is loopy, long-winded and devolves into increasingly misanthropic spirals, but has wonderfully deadpan humor, scabrous assessment of female power dynamics and a well-played lesbian twist.
V.27 No.49 | 12/6/2018
La Callas herself

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Maria By Callas

“Temperamental” diva defends her controversial life in deeply personal documentary

Maria By Callas attempts to illuminate the singer’s controversial life and career, relying entirely on the words of the diva herself to set the stage.
V.27 No.48 | 11/29/2018
Needs more glitter.

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Meow Wolf: Origin Story

Radical New Mexico art collective goes to the movies

New Mexico’s homegrown success story, the radical arts collective known as Meow Wolf, continues its rocket ship ride to intergalactic success with a documentary feature chronicling the group’s circuitous rise to fame.
V.27 No.47 | 11/22/2018
Burning

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Burning

Slow-to-ignite South Korean thriller requires patience

Burning is like a hard-boiled egg that takes two hours to crack. When it does, spilling its messy secrets, it’s a doozy.
V.27 No.46 | 11/15/2018
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

You’re a mediocre one, Mr. Grinch

With nothing fresh or original or particularly clever to add to what already exists, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is like that Christmas sweater you get every year from your aunt.
V.27 No.45 | 11/8/2018
“Nope, still not drunk enough.”

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

F is for Fraudulence

When you look at it in a certain light, all authors are liars, but there’s also something rebellious and cheeky about it and it’s this morally ambiguous middle-ground that Can You Ever Forgive Me? finds so fertile.
V.27 No.44 | 11/1/2018
Suspiria

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Suspiria

Remake of cult horror classic engages in mesmerizing, confounding dance of death

Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake is ravishing, challenging, dark, erotic, gruesome, punishing and pretentious all at once—the sort of film that neatly divides audiences into “didn’t get it” and “gotta see it again to figure it all out” camps.
V.27 No.43 | 10/25/2018
Halloween

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Halloween

Familiar fright film comes out slashing

Halloween has got energy, style, a couple of fresh ideas and a bunch of gruesome murders. It’s good, all right; but it’s not great. Should it be? Does it have to be?
V.27 No.42 | 10/18/2018
“Don’t want none? Don’t start none!”

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Black ’47

Bloody revenge saga is more folk ballad than history lesson

Looked on less as a rigorous historical account and more as a blood-soaked folk tale told around a flickering tavern fireplace, Black ’47 makes for one rousing cinematic yarn.
V.27 No.41 | 10/11/2018
The Old Man & The Gun

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The Old Man & The Gun

Real life bank heist flick gets a senior discount

The Old Man & The Gun is an affable, sedentary tale of a likable old rogue—a sort of Catch Me If You Can for the AARP set—but it’s not the sort of film you can get excited about.
V.27 No.40 | 10/4/2018
No “Bad Romance” for Cooper and Gaga

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A Star is Born

A star is rebooted in familiar musical melodrama

This tale of a faded musical icon who discovers a talented young ingénue, mentors her, falls in love and then becomes despondent when her star eclipses his own is a familiar cliché. Thankfully, the 2018 revamp of the age-old entertainment industry story offers up a respectable number of un-guilty pleasures before succumbing to its manipulative emotions and unabashedly old-fashioned drama.