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Review: “Super Troopers 2” is a Fuller, Thicker Mustachioed Comedy

The comedy troupe Broken Lizard returns to the road for another batch of skits about highway patrolmen going Animal House on the job. Worth noting is that the ensemble and their fans made Super Troopers 2 possible thanks to campaigns to raise funding for the film. While their fervent desire to brandish the badges and mustaches once more wasn’t exactly …

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Review: “A Quiet Place” Screams with Silent Suspense

A lesser film might have made this story’s apocalyptic threat of bizarre monsters take place on day 1, but A Quiet Place makes the wise call of telling its story roughly 400 days later. I’ve seen the humanity collapses movie before and they’re usually pretty clunky in stumbling towards the danger. Here is a movie where the terror is present …

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Review: Rampage is a Monster Mash Most Mild

An exhausted Dwayne Johnson watches a giant wolf fly through the air on webbed arms, muttering to himself “Of course the wolf flies.” Naturally. Why wouldn’t it in a movie where mysterious gasses turn predatory animals into city-destroying giants? It’s that loose logic that makes these spectacles entertaining. I only wish the film had a little more of that self-awareness …

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Review: “Pacific Rim Uprising” Repeats More Mecha and Monster Action

Uprising could be considered the safe bet for a sequel regarding the risk of a new cast and a first-time director. It doesn’t exactly reinvent the robot, merely adding a few new twists, weapons, and monsters to the familiar plot of the human-built Jaegers versus the monstrous Kaijus. But as someone who grew adoring the likes of Gundam, Robotech, and …

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Review: ‘Tomb Raider Trades Dumb Adventure for Dull Grit

The original Tomb Raider movies received a lot of flak for being silly, but they were honestly no more silly than most James Bond style treasure hunting films. Those directors and Angelina Jolie were smart enough to know that you can’t make movies about the Illuminati, attacking statues, and golden spheres too seriously. Still, most fans and critics didn’t seem …

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Review: “Tomb Raider” Trades Dumb Adventure for Dull Grit

The original Tomb Raider movies received a lot of flak for being silly, but they were honestly no more silly than most James Bond style treasure hunting films. Those directors and Angelina Jolie were smart enough to know that you can’t make movies about the Illuminati, attacking statues, and golden spheres too seriously. Still, most fans and critics didn’t seem …

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Review: “A Wrinkle in Time” is a Beautiful Mess of Bluntness

There’s a slew of inspirational messages in this film, and Ava Duvernay wants to make sure every young person hears them. She does so by repeating and stating them so directly and forcefully I almost expected her to jump out of the screen and start shaking every preteen girl into being positive. That’s a profound goal for such a director …

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Review: “Death Wish” is a Clunky Mess of Guns-Gushing Insanity

I always admired Death Wish more as an oddity than a genuinely great action picture. It’s a little hard to become invested in a film series known for gratuitous amounts of graphic violence and rape, many times in the same scene. And while the Death Wish remake thankfully avoids become the exploitation mess it could have been, the film is …

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Review: “Annihilation” is Trippy Transcendence

Alex Garland proved he knows how to conceive smart, gorgeous, and intense science fiction with Ex Machina, but with Annihilation, he demonstrates that he isn’t just a flash-in-the-plan director. His follow-up film contains another heaping dose of profound characters, intelligent dialogue, and enough gorgeous and psychedelic sci-fi imagery to make the eyes refuse to blink. Even though Garland’s film is …

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Review: “Black Panther” Packs the Biggest Punch of the MCU

If Marvel’s Thor was a watered down Shakespeare with a surfer glaze, Black Panther is the real deal. It’s a tale of kingdoms and ancestors, where men of sordid family histories battle for the throne. At the same time, it’s also a James Bond film of gadgets, casinos, and chases with sexy cars. But, wait, it’s also profoundly political and …

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