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Toy Story 4 | Josh Cooley

June 20, 2019

Ready for another go-round with your vaguely queasy adult feelings about the inner lives of toys? Disney and Pixar are here to oblige. Toy Story 4 does the usual advertised job of making grown-up parents all nostalgic and weepy while delivering a stealth dose of what is sure to be internalized as free-floating dread in the children they take to see it. Picking up shortly after the dire escape from imminent death in the belly of a giant furnace in…

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Men In Black International | F. Gary Gray

When Men in Black debuted in 1997, it was as an amiable goof, Ghostbusters with aliens, a delight. The then-cutting edge special effects and breezy chemistry between its two leads largely covered for the fact that there wasn’t much plot relative to its universe-expanding premise,…

June 13, 2019
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Shaft | Tim Story

Gordon Parks’s 1971 Shaft is now almost 50 years old. The film didn’t begin the blaxploitation subgenre, but it was certainly its most popular example up until that time — and both the title character and the actor who played him, Richard Roundtree, quickly…

June 13, 2019
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Dark Phoenix | Simon Kinberg

As well all know, 20th Century Fox has been purchased by Disney, and the X-Men are now under new management, presumably to be re-exploited and re-integrated into the larger whole at some point.  After not merely 6 previous films (11 if you count the…

June 6, 2019
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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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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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