by Matt Lynch

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Bad Boys For Life | Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah

January 16, 2020

It’s not entirely fair to ding Bad Boys For Life for not being a Michael Bay movie, but late into the notorious climax of Bay’s 2003 monsterpiece Bad Boys II, the Bad Boys sneak a small army into Cuba and barely escape the minefields of Guantanamo Bay. In this new, unfortunately Bay-less sequel, they fly commercial to Mexico. Such is the timid pallor that hangs over what would be in any other universe a serviceable action movie. And yet, in…

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Cats | Tom Hooper

Arguably the most indelible Broadway show of all time, it might be surprising that Cats took nearly forty years to be turned into a movie. At least until you see the movie they made. The King’s Speech’s Tom Hooper has put away the 18mm…

December 19, 2019
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Queen & Slim | Melina Matsoukas

A Tinder date between the two title characters in Queen & Slim (Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya, respectively) goes horribly wrong after they get pulled over by a cop (Sturgill Simpson, weirdly) so cartoonishly racist that he draws his gun when Slim mentions that…

November 26, 2019
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Ford v Ferrari | James Mangold

Though he didn’t invent it, James Mangold so perfected the Hollywood biopic/true story template with Walk the Line that they made a beat-for-beat parody of it in Walk Hard, so he might as well have. In Ford v Ferrari, he aims that factory efficiency…

November 14, 2019
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The Report | Scott Z. Burns

Playing out with an advocacy doc’s briskness and efficiency of exposition rather than a suspenseful chronicle of investigative journalism, Scott Z. Burns’ The Report is closer to something like Spotlight than the more formally aggressive and elegant All the President’s Men or Zodiac. And…

November 14, 2019
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The Irishman | Martin Scorsese

The Irishman tells the probably-not-entirely-true story of Robert DeNiro’s Frank Sheeran, using cutting-edge visual effects technology to place him inside some of the most important events in American history, right next to a lot of famous people, many of whom wind up dead. It’s…

November 14, 2019
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Doctor Sleep | Mike Flanagan

In the realm of unnecessary sequels, Stephen King’s follow-up novel to his beloved The Shining would seem to be running neck and neck for first place along with the movie adaptation of same. But Doctor Sleep comes for us all anyway, and believe it or…

November 7, 2019
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Terminator: Dark Fate | Tim Miller

Sarah Connor ostensibly changed the future and defeated Skynet in 1991, averting the cataclysm that would have been Judgment Day. But the Terminators and the Terminator movies never seem to stop, dragging these characters again and again into increasingly convoluted time-whiplash whirlpools, the same…

October 31, 2019
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Gemini Man | Ang Lee

After 25 years of failed visual effects testing and bouncing from filmmaker to filmmaker, Gemini Man has finally made it to screens. That time in development purgatory would normally suggest a final product that’s merely a beleaguered mess, but under the purview of Ang…

October 11, 2019
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