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John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum | Chad Stahelski

May 16, 2019

There’s something clunky about the title John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. Parabellum means “prepare for war”, and this third entry in Keanu Reeves’ saga of the greatest hitman who ever lived is indeed in conflict with itself. What began as a simple story of revenge for a murdered pet has taken on a remarkable and, turns out, remarkably cumbersome mythology that threatens to overwhelm a series of stunning action sequences that rank among the most technically elegant and gorgeously photographed…

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Long Shot | Jonathan Levine

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a schlubby, mildly irresponsible beardo played by Seth Rogen manages to get an ambitious, beautiful woman to fall in love with him. Hijinks ensue. The problem with Long Shot is less that this is an already…

May 3, 2019
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Hellboy | Neil Marshall

Other than as blatant studio IP management, there is no real reason for this Hellboy to exist. Some executive realized, hey, we have a superhero comic book character just sitting there, going unused, waiting for franchise rebirth. The problem is that the first two…

April 19, 2019
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Gloria Bell | Sebastian Lelio

Sometimes the determination between an actor’s successful and unsuccessful work comes down to context, like the ensemble of actors surrounding them, and sometimes it’s about the writing. But some movie stars simply ‘are,’ and one responds to their presence. We tend to value physical manifestations of…

April 8, 2019
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Shazam! | David F. Sandberg

Perhaps setting itself up as a corrective to the rest of the DC comics films, which are apparently perceived to be overly dark and serious, Shazam! [sic] is more kid-friendly fare, what with its host of adolescent characters, its good-natured it’s-about-family moralizing, and its relatively…

April 5, 2019
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Us | Jordan Peele

Us begins with a sincerely spooky prologue taking place in 1986, when young Addy wanders away from her bickering parents at the Santa Cruz boardwalk and encounters what appears to be her own smirking, scary double, an experience that apparently leaves her traumatized. Cut to…

March 21, 2019
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Captain Marvel | Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck

Like Black Panther before it, the representational bona-fides of Captain Marvel, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe, entry have been at the forefront of its marketing and will assuredly be a prominent feature of future discussion. That this is the first female-fronted installment, after 11 years…

March 8, 2019
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Greta | Neil Jordan

We’re a long ways away from when directors like Allan Dwan and Joseph H. Lewis could pack an absurd amount of plot into 70-minute features; even rom-coms and straight-to-dvd action flicks today clock in at over two hours (to say nothing of the glut of…

March 8, 2019
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