Twisters (2024)

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Twisters (2024)

Twisters isn’t exactly a sequel to Jan de Bont’s beloved 1996 tornado spectacle, its more of a remake-quel with, again, impressive visual effects and eardrum-rattling sound design placed around the story of a bunch of thrill-seeking hillbilly scientists who are about as deep as the puddle in your driveway.  It gives you what you want, […]

| July 19, 2024
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Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024)

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Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024)

The third Beverly Hills Cop sequel arrives on Netflix this week just in time for the July 4th holiday and the fact that it is skipping theaters and going right for a streaming service is probably for the best.  Like Murphy’s previous sequel Coming 2 America, the filmmakers obviously knew that it wasn’t something that […]

| July 5, 2024
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The First Omen (2024)

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The First Omen (2024)

Let me start by saying that I did NOT see Michael Mohan’s IMMACULATE, which came out a few weeks ago and to which my fellow critics have labeled this Omen prequel a less-than stellar carbon copy.  Having not seen that film I feel that I can safely judge this movie on its own.  So, with […]

| April 14, 2024
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Roadhouse (2024)

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Roadhouse (2024)

Not that anyone cares, but there is a remake of Roadhouse that Amazon Prime has allowed to skip theaters I might presume because the studio was smart enough to know that this pointless 80s nostalgia retread is a difficult sell over the sequel powerhouses of GHOSTBUSTERS or DUNE PART TWO or KUNG FU PANDA 4.  […]

| April 12, 2024
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Animal Kingdom (2024)

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Animal Kingdom (2024)

I’ll admit, I don’t normally think of a Sci-Fi fantasy coming out of France, but . . . here we are.  Tim Cailly’s Animal Kingdom, which got a lot of kudos when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last yearworks because it takes it oddball premise and attaches it to a scenario that we […]

| April 12, 2024
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Late Night With the Devil

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Late Night With the Devil

Late Night With the Devil is about as fascinating as it is frustrating.  It’s the same problem that I had with GHOSTBUSTERS FROZEN EMPIRE but, even at its flaws, I liked this one a lot better because even with its flaws, it is wildly entertaining and features a star-making performance by David Dastmalchian. Framed as […]

| March 23, 2024
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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

I saw Ghostbusters: Afterlife for the first time yesterday morning because I knew that I was going to see Frozen Empire today.  That film broke my heart.  It was laughless, listless, needless and retreated to an endless and frustrating series of callbacks to the first movie and recycled the plot without doing anything new with […]

| March 22, 2024
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The 96th Academy Awards: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? . . . or, at least, on Tuesday?

The 96th Academy Awards: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? . . . or, at least, on Tuesday?

The 96th Academy Awards are now in the history books.  Are they one for the ages?  Nah.  You’ll talk about it tomorrow, but by Tuesday you’ll have mostly forgotten about it. There was no physical violence.  The host shenanigans were mostly held in check.  The winners stuck more or less to the predictions (out of […]

| March 10, 2024
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