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‘Infinite’ Review: This Blah Reincarnation Sci-Fi Action Flick Should be Sent to Digital Purgatory

“There are among us a people gifted with a perfect memory of all their past lives. They call themselves Infinites!” So says Mark Wahlberg less than a minute into Infinite, the hacky and dreadfully blah sci-fi action pic from director Antoine Fuqua. Wahlberg doesn’t usually do voice-over narration in his movies, and it’s easy to see (or rather, hear) why – he’s very bad at it. Infinite thankfully doesn’t have wall-to-wall Wahlberg voice-overs, but when it happens, you’ll be in awe at how out of ...
Tags: Movies, Sci-fi, Features, Movie Reviews, Mark-Wahlberg, Burkina Faso, Keanu Reeves, Paramount, Don, Bathurst, Evan, O Brien, John Wick, Wahlberg, Dylan O Brien, Fuqua

Infinite review: Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi adventure is a waste of good lives

Despite its talented cast and slick concept, Infinite's tale of a secret society of reincarnating heroes and villains is all action, no substance.
Tags: Trends, Features, Movie Reviews, Mark Wahlberg, Infinite

Loki’s first two episodes are god-damned good

Marvel's Loki series finally gives the Asgardian trickster his own solo adventure, and the first two episodes make up for a decade of anticipation.
Tags: Trends, Movie Reviews, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki, Movies & TV, Disney Plus

Loki’s first two episodes are burdened with glorious purpose in the best ways

Marvel's Loki series finally gives the Asgardian trickster his own solo adventure, and the first two episodes make up for a decade of anticipation.
Tags: Trends, Movie Reviews, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki, Movies & TV, Disney Plus

Sweet Tooth, season 1 review: An epic adventure with animal magnetism

With its adorable lead and wonderful world-building, Netflix's Sweet Tooth series is another rewarding, entertaining adaptation of a popular comic book series.
Tags: Trends, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Sweet Tooth, Movies & TV

‘The Amusement Park’ Review: George Romero’s Long-Lost Film is One of the Scariest Movies Ever Made

The Amusement Park is technically not a horror film, but it might just be the most disturbing, scariest thing George A. Romero ever directed. Romero became renowned for his iconic Night of the Living Dead, but it often felt like we took the filmmaker – who died in 2017 – for granted. He remained a true outsider for the majority of his career, and we lost something special when he shuffled off this mortal coil. The Amusement Park, an educational film Romero helmed in 1973 that is only now seeing...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Time, Features, Movie Reviews, George Romero, Romero, Maazel, Living Dead, George A. Romero, Amusement Park, Featured Stories Sidebar, Shudder, The Amusement Park, IndieCollect, Lutheran Society

‘Spirit Untamed’ Review: An Inoffensive but Cheap Rehash of a Story You (and Your Kids) Have Seen Before

Early in the history of DreamWorks Animation, there lay before the upstart studio two paths. On one side, there was the path of pursuing computer-animated stories that often boasted enormously famous celebrities, soundtracks with wall-to-wall pop songs, and pop-culture references to keep adults satisfied. On the other side, there was the path of making stories more in the vein of Disney Animation, hand-drawn tales of adventure and fantasy that hadn’t yet been mined by the standard-bearer of th...
Tags: Movies, Matt Damon, Disney, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Jake Gyllenhaal, Animation, Sequels, Dreamworks, Dreamworks Animation, Lucky, Wild West, DWA, Shrek, Disney Animation

‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ Review: The Horror Series Continues to Thrive Thanks to Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga

James Wan was really onto something when he brought the Warrens to the big screen with The Conjuring. Wan may not have known it at the time, but he was launching one of the most successful horror franchises ever, and the secret to the series success remains the ghost-hunting couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, as played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. The Warrens were real people who claimed to be real paranormal investigators, but there’s a lot of evidence to suggest they were delusional at bes...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Features, David, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Ed, Johnson, Wilson, Scully, Mulder, Lorraine, Chaves, Arne, Patrick-Wilson, James Wan

‘Launchpad’ Review: Disney’s Short Film Series is a Wonderful Spotlight for New Filmmakers

Over the last 18 months, Disney+ has reshaped the conversation surrounding new streaming content. Shows like The Mandalorian and WandaVision have transformed the way a streaming channel can connect to audiences. But the key difference is that making new Star Wars shows and Marvel content is bound to get high engagement among people who are predisposed to like these franchises from the start. It’s taken a little longer for Disney+ to show support for less represented filmmakers and ...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Launchpad, Val, Cruella, Short Films, Featured Stories Sidebar, Disney Launchpad, Hao Zheng, Ann Marie Pace The

‘Cruella’ Review: Disney’s Latest Live-Action Reboot is Better Than You’d Expect, But Still Lacking

Each of Disney’s live-action/CGI remakes, reboots, revivals, and re-imaginings has run up against the same challenge. Whether they’re about a boy growing up in the jungle, a young woman falling in love with a beast, or a girl falling through a rabbit hole to a magical fantasy world, these films must resolve a question their sources didn’t: how original can these films truly be? Are they going to be carbon copies of beloved animated classics, which themselves were adaptations of prior source ma...
Tags: London, Movies, Disney, Features, Movie Reviews, Emma Thompson, Glenn Close, Joaquin Phoenix, Thompson, Tina Turner, Pete, Cruella de Vil, Stone, Hauser, ELO, Clark Kent

Cruella Review – Emma Stone Shines as Estella de Vil

BEGIN SLIDESHOW (Photo by Laurie Sparham. © 2021 Disney Enterprises Inc. All Rights Reserve.) Cruella is exactly as advertised, a look into the origins of the Disney villainess that serves as the antagonist in 101 Dalmatians. While the original incarnation was portrayed as pure evil, Cruella gives a more sympathetic look at why the fashion designer becomes the way she is. This ultimately works in the film’s favor as the Cruella portrayed by Emma Stone has many more layers to work with, wh...
Tags: Video, London, Movies, Disney, Movie Reviews, Emma Stone, Jasper, Emma Thompson, Thompson, Cruella de Vil, Hauser, Craig Gillespie, Estella, Horace, Cruella, Disney Enterprises Inc

‘F9’ Review: The ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Reaches New Heights of Absurdity

The Fast and Furious franchise has never cared about staying grounded. Even the scrappy 2001 original hovered an inch or two off the streets it burnt up every night with cans of NOS. But F9, the latest installment in the streetracing-turned-spy-heist series, does pose the question: how high is too high? Director Justin Lin, who makes a glorious return to Fast and Furious after stepping away from the franchise following Fast & Furious 6, hasn’t found that ceiling yet. And lord help us if he ever...
Tags: Movies, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Tokyo, Hobbs, Edinburgh, Universal, Justin-Lin, Avengers, Chris Morgan, Kurt Russell, Tyrese Gibson, Bennett, Russell, Charlize Theron, Han

‘In the Heights’ Review: This Crowdpleasing Musical is Full of Big Emotions, Big Dreams, and Big Songs

When In The Heights opened on Broadway in 2008, it was a scrappy little show that could, the product of a college sophomore’s wild ambitions and talent that had been honed and tweaked for years before finally hitting the Great White Way. But more than two decades after Lin-Manuel Miranda initially conceived of In the Heights during his second year at Wesleyan, Miranda’s profile has far exceeded anything that he created pre-Hamilton. So returning to Miranda’s first stage musical made back when h...
Tags: New York, Movies, Stanford, New York City, Movie Reviews, Stage, Broadway, Musical, Miranda, Warner Brothers, Washington Heights, Benny, Vanessa, Carla, Chaplin, Lin Manuel Miranda

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ Review: The Horror Sequel Retreads Softly, But Carries Less Impact

The first A Quiet Place was a phenomenon for a reason — its immaculate sound design and unique premise (a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by hearing-sensitive monsters) made for a horror film more akin to a roller coaster: immersive, transporting, and almost completely experiential. But strip A Quiet Place of its novelty, and what do you have? That’s the question that A Quiet Place Part II wrestles with. John Krasinski returns to direct and write A Quiet Place Part II, which struggles to reca...
Tags: Movies, Horror, Movie Reviews, Jurassic Park, Paramount Pictures, Rube Goldberg, Marcus, John Krasinski, Abbott, Lee, Evelyn, Murphy, Krasinski, Simmonds, Regan, Emmett

‘F9’ Early Buzz: This Sequel is the Biggest and Most Bombastic ‘Fast and Furious’ Movie Yet

Even though it’s still over a month away from hitting theaters, the first critical reactions and reviews to the next installment of the Fast and Furious franchise have already sped onto the web. In case the most recently released trailer for F9 wasn’t enough of an indicator, this sequel gets bigger and more ridiculous than any of the previous installments, and it sounds like it will give fans exactly what they’ve come to expect from the completely over-the-top action franchise.  More on #F9 ...
Tags: Movies, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Tokyo, Universal, Justin Lin, Helen Mirren, John Cena, Indiewire, Tyrese, Hollywood Reporter, Michelle Rodriguez, Lin, Jakob, Erik Davis, David Ehrlich

‘Cruella’ Early Buzz: The Disney Villain’s Origin Story is Surprisingly Great and Full of Style

Cruella doesn’t seem to be high on anyone’s must-see list as we kick off a quiet blockbuster summer. But if the early buzz is any indicator, we’re sleeping on what could end up being one of the best live-action Disney movies inspired by one of their animated classics. The movie stars Emma Stone as the young version of 101 Dalmatians villain Cruella de Vil, when she was an up and coming fashionista with an axe to grind, and apparently it’s wickedly fun, packed with style, and supremely entertain...
Tags: Comedy, London, Movies, Disney, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Emma-Stone, Jasper, Prada, Emma Thompson, Thompson, Baroness, Nicholas Britell, Don, Glenn, Cruella de Vil

‘The Djinn’ Review: Be Careful What You Wish for in This Small-Scale, Intense Horror Film

Writer/director duo David Charbonier and Justin Powell know how to get straight to the point without extracting any key elements that comprise an entertaining horror film. Their debut film The Boy Behind the Door was a terrifying and realistic depiction of friendship withstanding a traumatic childhood abduction. This year, the talented pair push the envelope with their sophomore film, The Djinn, by exploring guilt and familial love through a supernatural framework. Primarily known as a genie...
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Army of the Dead review: Even zombies deserve better

Army of the Dead should be a gory good time, but predictable moments, forgettable characters, and sketchy world-building derail this zombie-heist adventure.
Tags: Trends, Movie Reviews, Movies & TV, Army of the Dead

‘The Woman in the Window’ Review: Not Even Amy Adams Can Save This Goofy, Derivative Thriller

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a new movie that could qualify for the “so bad it’s good” designation, but The Woman in the Window comes pretty darn close. Already infamous for being long-delayed (it was supposed to open in theaters in 2019) and for its extensive reshoots, the Joe Wright-directed adaptation of the bestselling novel arrives on Netflix and robs a bunch of talented people of their dignity in the process. Here is proof that you can hire a skilled director, a Pulitzer Prize...
Tags: New York, Movies, Julianne Moore, Features, David, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Adaptation, Anna, Amy-Adams, Adams, Wright, Moore, Russell, Jane

‘Spiral: From the Book of Saw’ Review: There’s Plenty of Gore Here, But Not Much Else

Serial killer Jigsaw is long dead but his lust for Rube Goldberg-like torture devices lives on in Spiral: From the Book of Saw, the ninth installment in the seemingly never-ending Saw series. But in many respects, Spiral feels like a sequel in name only. Hell, take that Book of Saw subtitle away and you have less of a Saw movie and more of a serial killer thriller that seems to be cribbing, badly, from Seven and its many knock-offs. Spiral has the unique distinction of featuring Chris Rock and ...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Horror, Toronto, Features, Movie Reviews, Sequels, Philadelphia, Jackson, Chris-Rock, Rube Goldberg, Samuel-L-Jackson, Gore, Forrest Gump, Zeke, Featured Stories Sidebar

‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ Review: A Refreshingly Simple, If Somewhat Forgettable Thriller

There’s something refreshing about the simplicity of Those Who Wish Me Dead. This is not a franchise-starting vehicle. It’s not a remake, nor is it based on a comic book, or an old TV show (it is adapted from a novel, though). It’s just a simple damn story that goes from point A to point B. That doesn’t mean it’s very good, mind you. But in this age when everything feels prepackaged and focus-grouped out the wazoo, something as plain as this is like a breath of fresh air. The heroes are good, t...
Tags: Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Tbs, Connor, TNT, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Aidan Gillen, Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, HANNAH, Hoult, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jon Bernthal

‘Army of the Dead’ Review: Zack Snyder’s Zombie Heist Movie is Mindless, Ugly Fun

Las Vegas is a war zone in Army of the Dead, Zack Snyder‘s gore-tastic shoot ’em up about a team of good-looking mercenaries trying to steal $200 million from a casino safe. That would be hard enough on its own, but to complicate matters, a zombie outbreak has turned Vegas into a place of non-stop death and carnage. And just to further complicate matters, the government has decided to drop a nuclear bomb on the Gambling Capital of the World. So our heroes have to dodge the living dead, break in...
Tags: New York, Movies, Horror, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, ` Army, Manhattan, Jurassic Park, Las Vegas, Vegas, Scott, Snyder, Zack-Snyder, Hardwick, Dave Bautista

Mythic Quest season 2 review: Playing through the pandemic

Mythic Quest, the Apple TV+ series about a fictional game studio, returns for a second season shaped by the pandemic both in front of the camera and behind it.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Movie Reviews, Movies & TV, Mythic Quest

‘Cliff Walkers’ Review: Zhang Yimou’s Handsome Spy Thriller Leaves a Cold Impression

Zhang Yimou‘s name instantly calls to mind the bright, opulent colors of the renowned Chinese filmmaker’s wuxia films and historical epics — Hero and House of Flying Daggers are two of the most sumptuous films to grace our screens. So it’s no wonder that Cliff Walkers (formerly titled Impasse), Zhang’s first foray into the spy thriller, is a handsome and stylish thriller whose wintry setting establishes a chilly mood befitting the genre. But it’s with a cold hand that Zhang approaches Cliff Wal...
Tags: Japan, Movies, China, Features, Movie Reviews, Thriller, Yu, Harbin, Soviet Union, Zhang, Zhou, Zhang Yimou, Manchukuo, Foreign Language, Qin Hailu, Featured Stories Sidebar

‘Without Remorse’ Review: Michael B. Jordan Deserves Better Than This Bland Tom Clancy Adaptation

The vast bibliography of the late Tom Clancy has inspired countless film and TV adaptations, but it’s also led to massively successful video-game series like Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon . Those games, and many other military-driven shooter games, feel like the true inspiration for the new straight-to-streaming film Without Remorse . Ostensibly, this actioner starring Michael B. Jordan is meant to inspire a potential long-running franchise with the tough-as-nails John Kelly taking dow...
Tags: Amazon, Movies, Navy, Ben Affleck, Syria, Features, Movie Reviews, Adaptation, John, Jordan, Cia, Harrison Ford, Paramount Pictures, Liev Schreiber, John Kelly, Tom Clancy

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse Review: Michael B. Jordan Wows

BEGIN SLIDESHOW RATING 7/10 CAST Michael B. Jordan … John Kelly Jodie Turner-Smith … Karen Greer Jamie Bell … Robert Ritter Guy Pearce … Secretary Clay Lauren London … Pam Kelly Jacob Scipio … Hatchet Todd Lasance … Dallas Jack Kesy … Thunder Lucy Russell … CIA Director Dillard Written by Taylor Sheridan and Will Staples. Based on the novel by Tom Clancy. Directed by Stefano Sollima WITHOUT REMORSE REVIEW Tom Clancy fans rejoice! After nearly three decades, at long last, a worthy succe...
Tags: Amazon, Hollywood, Movies, Navy, Russia, Action, Movie Reviews, Adaptation, Guy Pearce, Jordan, Cia, Harrison Ford, Kenneth Branagh, Creed, Baltimore, Alec Baldwin

Mortal Kombat review: A victory, but far from flawless

Warner Bros. Pictures Mortal Kombat reboot raises the bar for the franchise with a great blend of action and mythology, but isn't quite a flawless victory.
Tags: Trends, Movie Reviews, Warner Bros Pictures, Movies & TV, Mortal Kombat

‘Mortal Kombat’ Review: This Underwhelming Video Game Adaptation is Anything But a Flawless Victory

Despite all its blood and guts and fatalities, the Mortal Kombat video game series has a certain silliness to it. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you – the silliness is part of the fun, part of the charm of it all. After all, Mortal Kombat is ultimately the story of characters punching and kicking each other for the fate of the world. Some of these characters are humans; some are robots; some are giant monsters with four arms; some are immortal ninjas; some are full-blown gods; it’s a ric...
Tags: Elsa, Hollywood, Movies, Earth, Features, Movie Reviews, Kano, Angus Sampson, MMA, Warner Brothers, Video Game, Bender, Goro, Sonya, Cole, Michael Myers

‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ Review: Humor and Heart Drive Netflix’s Terrific Animated Film

One of the great modern animated comedies is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs , a loopy adaptation of the famous children’s story. The 2009 adaptation took the picture book’s basic concept of food falling from the sky instead of rain and snow, and warped it in delightful fashion as a disaster-movie parody with a surprisingly effective emotional undercurrent. That film’s directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, have shown themselves to be adept animation filmmakers, also serving as majo...
Tags: Movies, California, Youtube, Disney, Features, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Animation, Abbi Jacobson, Sony, States, Phil Lord, Eric Andre, Machines, Aaron, Maya Rudolph

‘Thunder Force’ Review: Yes, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone Made Another Bad Movie

Imagine a world much like our own, but with one key difference: nearly 40 years ago, after an interplanetary blast of cosmic rays, some people were gifted with superpowers. There’s just one nefarious twist: the only people who gained these powers were likely to be sociopaths. So, in essence, what if, 40 years ago, supervillains were created but without an opposing force of good to stop them? How would these cruel villains run rampant over the societies of the world? What nasty plans would they...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Features, Chicago, Netflix, Movie Reviews, Tammy, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale, Mccarthy, Melissa Mccarthy, Spencer, Bateman, Emily, Lydia, Steve Urkel

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