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Men In Black International | F. Gary Gray

June 13, 2019

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, the subtext about an intergalactic immigration force went largely un-interrogated, and the movie barely left Manhattan. More than two decades and three sequels later, we’ve got Men in Black International, which jettisons almost everything that made…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Equalizer 2 | Antoine Fuqua

The Equalizer provided a perfectly serviceable delivery device for bloody violence. The 2014 film starred Denzel Washington as former C.I.A. assassin-turned-neighborhood do-gooder Robert McCall, who memorably carved up, blew up, dismembered, or otherwise mangled a dozen or so bad guys in a hardware store during the film’s climax,…

July 20, 2018
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Baby Driver | Edgar Wright

Fanboy darling Edgar Wright has certainly earned his reputation as a passionate pastiche artist and intricate stylist; his genre-infused films pair narratives of arrested male development with whiplash camerawork and razor-sharp editing. That skill and craftsmanship is fully on display in Baby Driver, but it’s undercut here by a…

June 27, 2017
by Christopher Bourne Retrospective

Shinjuku Swan | Sion Sono

Shinjuku Swan, an adaptation of Ken Wakui’s manga series, finds director Sion Sono at his slickest, glossiest, and most impersonal. Set in the bustling titular section of Tokyo, specifically the Kabukicho red-light district, the film follows the travails of the bleached blond-maned Tatsuhiko (Go…

August 29, 2016
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Spectre | Sam Mendes

Over the years the James Bond movies have fought to stay relevant in one way or another. Look at some of Roger Moore’s more amusingly ludicrous outings, a trip into vague blaxploitation territory in Live and Let Die, or reaching for some of that Star Wars glory…

November 3, 2015
by Luke Gorham Film

The Walk | Robert Zemeckis

Those who’ve seen James Marsh’s superior 2008 documentary Man on Wirewill be familiar with most of the narrative territory explored in Robert Zemeckis’s faithful recreation The Walk. Detailing the astonishing 1974 tightrope walk performed by Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) between the newly-constructed World Trade…

November 1, 2015
#KickingtheCanon by Tom Elrod Film

The Cable Guy | Ben Stiller

Though it’s not typically thought of as part of the Judd Apatow canon, The Cable Guy (which was co-written by an uncredited Apatow, who also produced, and directed by his friend Ben Stiller) nevertheless contains many of the same concerns of Apatow’s later comedies: grown men shaped…

June 15, 2015
by Matt Lynch Film

Aloha | Cameron Crowe

It seems that Aloha, Cameron Crowe’s newest drama, is just him taking a mulligan on 2005’s widely (and somewhat unfairly) derided Elizabethtown. Both films feature a disgraced wunderkind returning to a community from which he’s become estranged in order to become emotionally rejuvenated with the help of a…

May 30, 2015
by Matt Lynch Film

Fury | David Ayer

War in cinema is often treated either as a crucible upon which manhood is tested and goodness defended (Saving Private Ryan) or as a portrait of irrational human cruelty (Come and See). There’s a tendency in the way we view war films to try…

October 17, 2014
by Ty Landis Film

The Equalizer | Antoine Fuqua

The last time director Antoine Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington teamed up, back in 2001, Washington ended up scoring a Best Actor Oscar trophy for delivering some of his best work as a manipulative and smooth-talking crooked cop in the urban thriller Training Day.…

September 29, 2014
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