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‘Glass’ Spoiler Review: Breaking Down M. Night Shyamalan’s Disastrous Sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’

“Please enjoy this film that took 19 years to make!” This sentence greeted me as I sat down at a pre-release screening of Glass last week, as the final part of a letter from its writer/producer/director M. Night Shyamalan to the audience. The upshot of the letter was basically, “Please don’t spoil Glass” (which I’m about to do, so…sorry!) but I could not help but latch onto that last sentence as I steeled myself for the crossover between two of Shyamalan’s earlier films, Unbreakable and Spl...
Tags: Movies, Features, Glass, David, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Philadelphia, James McAvoy, Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L Jackson, David Dunn, Bruce Willis, Joseph, Kevin, Dunn

‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: ‘Attack the Block’ Director Joe Cornish Returns With a Perfectly Fine Family Adventure

An old-fashioned streak of adventure runs throughout The Kid Who Would Be King , a riff on the King Arthur legend gussied up for modern times. It’s a decent enough family film, largely dependent on the charm of its young cast, that manages to be slightly disappointing only if you recognize the name of its writer/director. That would be Joe Cornish, whose directorial debut Attack the Block was a blast of fresh air back in 2011. Inexplicably, it’s taken Cornish the better part of a decade t...
Tags: England, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Britain, United Kingdom, Merlin, Patrick Stewart, Alex, Joe Cornish, Andy, King Arthur, Kay, Arthur, Cornish, Lancelot

Glass Review

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Tags: Movies, David, Movie Reviews, Philadelphia, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Samuel L Jackson, David Dunn, Bruce Willis, Joseph, Clark, Dunn, Willis, Elijah, Shyamalan, Ellie

‘New Year, New You’ Review: Sophia Takal Takes on Internet Celebrity Culture for Hulu’s ‘Into the Dark’

Blumhouse’s 2019 starts by taking one companywide step forward with their latest Into The Dark chapter. After critical reports identified a striking gender differential between The House Of Toby’s horror director hires, after Jason Blum’s interesting-at-best response, Sophia Takal becomes the brand’s first female filmmaker (*on a horror title*) with New Year, New You. In this entry: Instagram celebrity culture roasted on a spit and stuffed with false personality rage that mocks the charades so...
Tags: Google, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Silicon Valley, Hulu, Jason Blum, New Year New You, Jim Jones, Danielle, Alexis, Chloe, Blumhouse, Kayla, Chaikin, Sophia Takal

‘A Dog’s Way Home’ Review: A Feel-Good Family Film That Takes a Bizarrely Dark Direction

A Dog’s Way Home is a Hallmark card of a movie — it’s pretty and cute, but it’s full of empty emotion. Until about two-thirds of the way through the film when you realize that there may be a surprisingly dark hidden message scribbled in the corner by an embittered card maker. Penned by the writers of 2017’s saccharine super-hit A Dog’s Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon, A Dog’s Way Home treads a similar path. There’s a wholesome story about a loyal dog (voiced with an extra-sweet lil...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Cameron, Va, Alexandra Shipp, Bryce Dallas Howard, Smith, Denver, Lucas, Olivia, Bella, Edward James Olmos, Action/Adventure

‘Replicas’ Review: An Early Frontrunner For the Most Bizarre Bad Movie of 2019

In case you were curious, Replicas is a Christmas movie. You may find that fact, or the fact that multiple scenes in this sci-fi thriller reference the holiday season or literally take place at a Christmas tree-shopping site in Puerto Rico, superfluous or inexplicable. Perhaps I’ve buried the lede, because you see, Replicas itself is quite inexplicable. Here, we have the first wide-release contender of 2019 for the title of Most Utterly Bizarre Film of the Year. There’s no sane metric un...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Movie Reviews, Chad, John, Ed, William, Spielberg, Keanu Reeves, Steven Spielberg, Thomas Middleditch, Puerto Rico, Replicas, Reeves, John Wick

The Upside Review

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Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Movie Reviews, Nicole Kidman, Dell, Kevin Hart, Burger, Cranston, Scott, Hart, Kidman, Phillip, WINSTON, Neil Burger, Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

‘The Upside’ Review: A Shamelessly Calculated Drama Without Enough Heart or Bite

Movies like The Upside come package-wrapped, with a painful and unavoidable sense of over-familiarity. It seems to exist less as a natural combination of talent, than as a way for a studio to check off a series of boxes. Based on a true story? Check. Featuring a comedian in a somewhat dramatic role? Check. Depicting an endearing but unexpected core relationship? Check. Including mismatched characters who come to a mutual understanding of respect after strife? Check. And a remake of a well-li...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Drama, Features, Movie Reviews, Nicole Kidman, Dell, Kevin Hart, Ellen, Mark Twain, Philip, Cranston, Hart, Huckleberry Finn, Central Intelligence, Neil Burger

‘Glass’ Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s Superhero Sequel Is Anything But Super

With Glass, M. Night Shyamalan brings together the worlds of Unbreakable and Split, and the result is depressing and disappointing. After regaining most of his directorial mojo with his most recent work, Shyamalan now takes a huge, unfortunate step backwards, tarnishing the legacy of Unbreakable, his best movie, in the process. In 2000, M. Night Shyamalan dropped Unbreakable on unsuspecting moviegoers. The filmmaker was still riding high from his acclaimed, breakout hit The Sixth Sense, with...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Movies, Superman, Features, Glass, David, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Sequels, Philadelphia, Batman, Jackson, Split, Sarah-Paulson, Steven Spielberg, Bruce-Willis

‘Escape Room’ Review: A Surprisingly Fun Thriller That Completely Falls Apart in the End

There’s something extra frustrating about wasted potential, especially when it comes to a movie. A film that’s bad from start to finish is easy to shrug off and forget all about. But the movies that almost get there; that almost stick the landing, only to falter and twist an ankle…those are the films that stick in your craw. “What could have been!” you think, as you exit the theater, shaking your head, trying to piece together where it all went so terribly, cataclysmically wrong. That’s the typ...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Youtube, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Jason, Miller, Escape Room, John Carpenter, Mike, Ben, Russell, Deborah Ann Woll, Labine, Woll

Escape Room Review

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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Spoiler Review: A Course-Correcting Adventure Gives the Illusion of Choice

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch isn’t the first movie to test the concept of a Choose Your Own Adventure-style narrative with diverging pathways on-screen. In late 2017 and early 2018, Steven Soderbergh did it with his murder mystery app and HBO movie, Mosaic. With its availability on the worldwide streaming service of Netflix, however, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch has taken the concept to a new level, giving a global viewing platform to a new kind of interactive cinematic storytelling. In the mo...
Tags: Hbo, Television, Movies, Wikipedia, Sci-fi, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Steven Soderbergh, Black Mirror, Phaedra, Colin, Haynes, Stefan, Thompson Twins, Featured Stories Sidebar

‘Stan and Ollie’ Review: Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly Resurrect Laurel and Hardy for a Melancholy Send-Off

Eventually, time comes to claim everyone – even world-famous comedians. Mercifully never dipping into maudlin sad clown territory, Jon S. Baird’s melancholy Stan and Ollie tracks the waning days of the great stage and screen comic duo Laurel and Hardy. Avoiding tedious biopic tropes that focus on how well-known people rose to fame, Stan and Ollie is instead more interested in endings. It’s a film about saying goodbye. Before he gets to the end of the Laurel and Hardy story, Baird t...
Tags: UK, Movies, Movie Reviews, Pope, True Story, Steve Coogan, Henderson, Jeff Pope, Reilly, Baird, Laurel, Hardy, Coogan, Jon S. Baird, Stan, Ollie

‘Holmes & Watson’ Review: This Uninspired Parody Arrives Several Years Too Late

The warning signs come early in Holmes & Watson that this will be a painful experience. The cinematic reunion of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, a decade removed from Step Brothers , should be triumphant and hilarious, as opposed to a desperate, sweaty mess. But there are implications that the final product has been through the editing room multiple times, leaving a movie with no comedic rhythms or consistent tone. As the title suggests, Ferrell and Reilly play Sherlock Holmes and ...
Tags: UK, Comedy, Movies, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, America, Bbc, Features, Movie Reviews, Sony, Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock, Ron Burgundy, Will-Ferrell, Guy Ritchie

‘On the Basis of Sex’ Review: A Competent Case for Ruth Bader Ginsburg the Icon, But Not the Human Being

There’s a scene in almost every teen TV drama where the teacher describes the theme of the episode that will come to pass over the next 45 minutes. The majority of On the Basis of Sex is like that. The Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic stars Felicity Jones as the trailblazing lawyer who later becomes one of our foremost Supreme Court justices and only the second female Supreme Court justice in history. But On the Basis of Sex focuses on Ginsburg’s first landmark case that launched her career as the pr...
Tags: Movies, Supreme Court, Drama, Movie Reviews, Harvard, Aclu, Justin-Theroux, Emma Watson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Armie-Hammer, Irs, True Story, Jones, Ruth, Martin, Ginsburg


I saw Aquaman last night, and as expected, it was big dumb action fun. The best thing about the movie, I thought, was the immersive visuals of the seascapes, from immense glowing underwater cities to abandoned gathering places with giant decaying statues. That’s why I was glad I saw it in the theater, even if it is too long (2 1/2 hours, almost) and could have been more tightly edited. Putting in both Ocean Master (Orm, Arthur’s half-brother, played by [...]
Tags: Comics, Movie Reviews, Aquaman

Mary Queen of Scotts Review

Rating: BEGIN SLIDESHOW 7.5 out of 10 Cast: Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I Jack Lowden as Lord Darnley Joe Alwyn as Robert Dudley David Tennant as John Knox Guy Pearce as William Cecil Gemma Chan as Elizabeth Hardwick Martin Compston as Earl of Bothwell Ismael Cruz Córdova as David Rizzio Brendan Coyle as Matthew Stewart Ian Hart as Lord Maitland Adrian Lester as Lord Randolph PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone...
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Bumblebee Review

Rating: BEGIN SLIDESHOW 6.5 out of 10 Cast: Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson John Cena as Jack Burns Jorge Lendeborg Jr. as Memo John Ortiz as Dr. Powell Jason Drucker as Otis Watson Pamela Adlon as Sally Watson Stephen Schneider as Ron Rory Markham as Jake Adams Rachel Crow as Celia Abby Quinn as Alice Gracie Dzienny as Tina Ricardo Hoyos as Trip Kenneth Choi as Ken Angela Bassett as the voice of Shatter Justin Theroux as the voice of Dropkick David Sobolov as the voice of Blitzwing ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Michael Bay, Movie Reviews, Justin Theroux, US Army, Hailee Steinfeld, Charlie, Knight, Cena, John Ortiz, Bumblebee, Kenneth Choi, Steinfeld, David Sobolov, Christina Hodson

Vice Review

Rating: BEGIN SLIDESHOW 7.5 out of 10 Cast: Christian Bale as President Dick Cheney Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush Alison Pill as Mary Cheney Jesse Plemons as Narrator Lily Rabe as Liz Cheney Tyler Perry as Colin Powell Justin Kirk as Scooter Libby LisaGay Hamilton as Condoleezza Rice Shea Whigham as Wayne Vincent Eddie Marsan as Paul Wolfowitz Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller Adam Bartley as Frank Luntz Kirk Bovill as Henry Kiss...
Tags: Movies, California, White House, Iraq, Movie Reviews, United States, Christian Bale, George W Bush, Dick Cheney, Cheney, Karl Rove, Dick, Frank Luntz, Adam Mckay, Bush, Nixon

REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns to Warm Our Hearts

If you’d like my review in very shortened form, it is this – Mary Poppins Returns was a visual delight, I cried several times, and left the theater full of hope, joy, and love. Now, let’s dive in to the long version… I have a problem. I love (most) all things Disney, but at the same time, I can be pretty critical (not necessarily publicly) about choices they may make either with the parks or movies etc. but it’s still Disney, it’s still a theme park, it’s still a movie. And I love those things. ...
Tags: Reviews, Parenting, Entertainment, Disney, Movie Reviews, Top Stories, Rob Marshall, Walt Disney Company, Resorts, Angela Lansbury, Times, Emily Blunt, Sherman, Walt Disney, Dick Van Dyke, Michael

‘Welcome to Marwen’ Review: Robert Zemeckis Creates an Absolute Disaster

It takes a special kind of talent to make a film as shockingly bad as Welcome to Marwen, and Robert Zemeckis is up for the challenge! What the hell happened to Zemeckis, a director responsible for several legitimately great movies? The filmmaker has always embraced cinematic innovation, pushing the envelope by adopting new technologies – for better and worse. Welcome to Marwen definitely falls into the “worse” category, and in many ways, it feels like the terrible, terrible film Zemeckis has be...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Drama, Movie Reviews, Nazi, Steve-Carell, Anna, Robert-Zemeckis, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Leslie-Mann, True Story, Janelle Monae, Christie, Mark, Uncanny Valley, Suzette

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Review: Humanity Leaps Off the Screen in Peter Jackson’s Vivid World War I Documentary

When I was handed a pair of 3D glasses to watch They Shall Not Grow Old, I rolled my eyes. How could a tired theatrical gimmick possibly add anything to a documentary about World War I? But 15 minutes into Peter Jackson’s vivid documentary, the glasses stopped digging into the sides of my head and instead helped transport me into the dazzling, achingly human archival footage that the Oscar-winning director so brilliantly restored. Culled together from 2,700 hours of faded footage shot firsth...
Tags: London, Movies, Documentary, War, Bbc, Features, Movie Reviews, Britain, Jackson, Peter-Jackson, Imperial War Museum, Mademoiselle, Featured Stories Sidebar, They Shall Not Grow Old, Sgt William Jackson, Armentieres

‘Vice’ Review: Adam McKay Paints a Scathing Portrait of Dick Cheney in One of the Best Movies of the Year

Adam McKay‘s Vice is a funny, infuriating look at the life, times and alleged crimes of Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the United States. As played brilliantly by a nearly unrecognizable Christian Bale, Cheney is presented as the dark force that drove modern American politics into the ground, essentially creating the nightmare we’re stuck in today. This is an unsubtle, difficult, often depressing film. It’s also one of the year’s best. Who is Dick Cheney? Former Member of the U.S. Hou...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Supreme Court, Drama, Washington, Iraq, America, Features, Movie Reviews, Gop, United States, Ronald Reagan, Oliver Stone, Fox News, Christian-Bale, Halliburton

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Another Cinematic Wonder from Barry Jenkins

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of the novel by James Baldwin. Romantic and tragic, Beale Street is gorgeous and emotionally stirring – the type of movie that only comes along every so often. “Love brought you here. If you trusted love this far, don’t panic now. Trust it all the way…” Those words come midway through If Beale Street Could Talk, the latest stunning work from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins. They’re delivered by Sharon Ri...
Tags: Movies, Romance, Drama, Toronto, Features, Movie Reviews, Adaptation, King, James, Puerto Rico, Nicholas Britell, Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin, Baldwin, Jenkins

‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in a Decade is Still Only Okay at Best

At 88, Clint Eastwood remains a steadfast, no-nonsense filmmaker, and The Mule doesn’t show him changing in his twilight years. Inspired by a true story, this new film is equally no-nonsense, which here means that it’s unambiguous in its character arc and development, rote in its depiction of the Mexican drug cartels, and unwilling to dive deep into its eponymous character. No doubt, with Eastwood mostly staying behind the camera these days, The Mule is notable for featuring the Man with...
Tags: Movies, Best, Features, Chicago, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Paris, Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood, Michael Pena, DEA, The Mule, El Paso, Andy Garcia, Cooper, Peoria Illinois

‘Bird Box’ Review: Frequently Terrifying, but Frustratingly Derivative

“It’s going to be rough,” Malorie says at the start of Bird Box. She’s looking right into the camera when she says this, and it’s as if she’s speaking directly to us – warning us that what we’re about to see is particularly unpleasant. It immediately sets the stage for Susanne Bier‘s frequently terrifying horror film, but it also doubles as a warning about the moviemaking itself – what you’re about to see isn’t going to unfold as smoothly as it should. Of course, Malorie – as played by Sandr...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Stephen King, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Adaptation, John Malkovich, Sandra-Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver, Trent Reznor, John Krasinski, Trump, Bullock, Zack Snyder

Mortal Engines Review

Rating: BEGIN SLIDESHOW 6.5 out of 10 Cast: Hera Hilmar as Hester Shaw Robert Sheehan as Tom Natsworthy Hugo Weaving as Thaddeus Valentine Jihae as Anna Fang Leila George as Katherine Valentine Stephen Lang as Shrike Frankie Adams as Yasmina Caren Pistorius as Pandora Shaw Colin Salmon as Chudleigh Pomeroy Joel Tobeck as Bürgermeister Patrick Malahide as Magnus Crome Stephen Ure as Pewsey PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; ...
Tags: London, Movies, Earth, Movie Reviews, Peter Jackson, Valentine, Tom, Hester, WETA, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan, Philip Reeve, Shrike, Hera Hilmar, Leila George, Tom Natsworthy

On the Basis of Sex Review

Rating: BEGIN SLIDESHOW 6.5 out of 10 Cast: Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg Armie Hammer as Martin D. Ginsburg Justin Theroux as Mel Wulf Kathy Bates as Dorothy Kenyon Sam Waterston as Erwin Griswold Cailee Spaeny as Jane Ginsburg Callum Shoniker as James Steven Ginsburg PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function(...
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Review: A Sequel That Can Never Escape the Shadow of the Original

Mary Poppins Returns is the cinematic equivalent of a cover band performing a beloved musical act’s hits: it recalls memories of what you loved when you were younger without stepping out of the shadows and working on its own. With Rob Marshall behind the camera, this 54-years-in-waiting sequel could have been a lot worse; of the three films he’s directed for Walt Disney Pictures, this is surprisingly the most tolerable. (Enjoy your pull-quote, Disney marketing!) But Mary Poppins Returns cannot...
Tags: England, Movies, Fantasy, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Meryl Streep, Sequels, Broadway, Rob Marshall, Jack, Sherman, Dick Van Dyke, Hamilton, Michael, Marshall

‘Mortal Engines’ Review: A Confused and Messy Adaptation in Search of an Identity

I sat down last night at the screening of Mortal Engines , and had just about no idea what to expect. Greeted only by a bland, vague tagline and a pair of glaring blue eyes staring out from the screen, I wondered, “What is this movie all about?” The bland, vague tagline should have been enough of a hint. What unfolded once the lights went down was a film so in search of an identity of its own that it simply scavenged from the remnants of other, far more accomplished genre and/or fantasy stori...
Tags: London, Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Movie Reviews, Adaptation, Universal, Jackson, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Peter Jackson, Hayao Miyazaki, Tom, Sheehan, LANG, Reeve

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