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Movie Review: Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (B-) includes several moments of such unmitigated bliss that it’s a shame the full picture has a sloppy aesthetic, a cluttered and overlong story and utterly one-dimensional characters. It’s such a pop culture bonanza that

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Posted in 2018

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

This mystical journey of meditation qualifies as a downward-facing dog. Despite tinges of uplift, Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time (D+) is a folly from the get-go, an interminable bore of pretentious drivel wrapped in a semi-shimmery package.

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Posted in 2018

Movie Review: Annihilation

Writer/director Alex Garland’s Annihilation (B) is largely an incredibly absorbing sci-fi thriller about an army of women who venture behind a quarantined force field to resolve the enigma of the atmospheric abnormality going on inside. Natalie Portman is solid as

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Posted in 2018, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Downsizing (2017)

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Alexander Payne pushes more buttons than audiences may expect in his new human miniaturization movie; it’s par for the course for the midwestern provocateur. This skilled writer/director blends physical pratfalls, witty wordplay, social satire, wicked parody and almost every conceivable

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Posted in 2017, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 (B-) continues the slow-burn neo-noir dystopian atmosphere of Ridley Scott’s 1982 predecessor and flips the script on some of the motifs about androids (“replicants”) being able to approximate human emotions. Handsomely produced with mesmerizing imagery

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Posted in 2017, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Colossal (2017)

If you’ve ever felt like the late-night denizens on a bender in your neighborhood bar or Uber pool could be as destructive to urban life as Godzilla, Mothra or a Giant Robot, you’ll find comfort in Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal (B-),

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Posted in 2017, Rent It Tonight

Movie Review: Passengers (2016)

There are few phenomena more fascinating in Hollywood than a sophomore slump. And for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who was Oscar nominated for his first English language feature (the brilliant biopic The Imitation Game), the fact that his follow-up flail

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Posted in 2016

Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

Every couple of years, directors as diverse as Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, John Sayles, John Carpenter, Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Nolan add to the pantheon of films addressing making contact with alien life. The notion of actually communicating with interstellar

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Posted in 2016, Rent It Tonight

Guest Movie Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

By Eli Sanchez Guest Contributor Silver Screen Capture Independence Day: Resurgence (C-) falls under the weight of its own existence. This was a heavily delayed film for the past two decades that was just screaming sequel for years, and it

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Posted in 2016, Eli Sanchez

Movie Review: The Lobster

An absurdist sci-fi fantasy, a cunning comedy and a metaphorical meditation on the oddities of being a single person on the planet earth, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster (B) is a beguiling think piece that both advances the contention that Colin

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Posted in 2016, Rent It Tonight

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