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Blockbuster Beat by Matt Lynch Film

Mulan | Niki Caro

Mulan fails as action spectacle and lazily cribs from the vast cinematic legacy it so loosely approximates. After such massive financial successes as Beauty and the Beast and especially last year’s The Lion King, it was of course highly unlikely that Disney would stop mining their…

September 7, 2020
Blockbuster Beat by Luke Gorham Film

Irresistible | Jon Stewart

To understand the ostensible intent of Jon Stewart’s latest film, Irresistible, it’s best to begin at the end: “Money lived happily ever after…reveling in its outsized influence over American politics,” a postscript reads. This is a uniquely unifying idea in contemporary America, one that…

June 26, 2020
Blockbuster Beat by Steven Warner Film

The Hunt | Craig Zobel

After a six month delay resulting from various media outlets labelling the film, sight unseen, as “dangerous Liberal propaganda,” Craig Zobel’s horror-comedy The Hunt finally makes its way to theaters. In an inspired move, producer Jason Blum took a page out of the William…

March 25, 2020
Blockbuster Beat by Steven Warner Film

Onward | Dan Scanlon

There is a lot wrong with Onward, Pixar’s highly uninspired 22nd feature film. Its most surprising fault, though, is its complete lack of detail. Sure, it remains present aesthetically, in its gorgeous photorealistic backdrops and in each carefully tousled hair atop the head of…

March 10, 2020
Blockbuster Beat by Matt Lynch Film

The Invisible Man | Leigh Whannell

From the 1933 original to Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man, the cinematic iterations of Invisible Men have generally dealt with how a lack of accountability tends to bring out the worst in people, and they typically grant already somewhat sociopathic or narcissistic male characters with…

February 27, 2020
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