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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Long Shot | Jonathan Levine

May 3, 2019

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 well-worn idea, or even that it’s an intrinsically sexist one. It’s that the film thoughtlessly and lazily addresses cliched rom-com sexism, and so winds up reinforcing it instead. In this case, Rogen plays Fred Flarsky, ostensibly…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Daniel Gorman Film

Kin | Jonathan & Josh Baker

From a distance, Kin looked like a pretty promising mid-budget sci-fi. But if you can’t engage in Marvel-style big budget spectacle, you better have some ideas on deck to make up for it, and unfortunately, Kin doesn’t deliver on that front. The film starts off well…

September 7, 2018
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Hacksaw Ridge | Mel Gibson

Based on the true story of Army Medic Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield here), a devout Seventh-Day Adventist and conscientious objector who rescued dozens of soldiers while refusing to kill an enemy or carry a weapon, Mel Gibson’s latest directorial effort is both a simple, deliberate Johnny-Goes-To-War…

November 3, 2016
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