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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

I don’t know, I guess I expected something else from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.  Even as many fans and critics around me seem to be cooling on this whole MCU business – this is the 28th film – I have steadfastly remained loyal (although “Moonknight” did test my limits).  What disappoints me about […]

| May 7, 2022
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All the Old Knives (2022)

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All the Old Knives (2022)

Amazon Prime, what are you doing?  2002 nostalgia?  Is that what this is? All the Old Knives employs all the old post-9/11 hack-fried government paranoia and disorientation.  A little “24” here, a little Bourne Identity there, fused with the kinds of clip-editing, ominous music and who-do-you trust aesthetics that have padded Liam Neeson’s post-Taken career.  […]

| April 8, 2022
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Agent Game (2022)

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Agent Game (2022)

As a matter of personal policy, I make it a rule never to drag an actor’s personal issues into their latest work.  Yet, I shamefully admit that I found myself involuntarily (and admittedly humorously) wincing during the pre-credit sequence of Agent Game in which Mel Gibson tells his unseen radio cohort: “We may have a problem.” […]

| April 8, 2022
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Infinite Storm (2022)

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Infinite Storm (2022)

It must be written into the fabric of lone survivalist women in the movies that they can’t just brave the elements and come out the other side alive but psychologically dented, there has to be some personal baggage bringing up the rear, usually in the form of a recent tragedy.  It makes things, uh, you […]

| April 1, 2022
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Alice (2022)

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Alice (2022)

Alice is a terrible movie.  It’s crude, obvious, badly written and filmed so awkwardly that it loses the momentum of its biggest surprise.  And yet . . . and yet!  Underneath all of the amateurish nonsense lies a potentially good movie. The film is the latest product of the new black visibility but one would […]

| March 18, 2022
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The Batman (2022)

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The Batman (2022)

It occurred to me about three-quarters of the way through The Batman that I may be finished with this character.  There is simply nothing else that I need to be shown, largely because we have apparently stopped trying to make Batman movies entertaining and we have started running them through a pace that gets darker and darker […]

| March 2, 2022
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Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

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Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

When it comes to mass volley of Spider-Man movies, I confess that I am guilty of being “that guy.”  I have complained that there have been too many Spider-Man movies, too many origin stories, too many reiterations of the same idea all spinning around and around, like The Wheel of Samsara, casting this iconic hero […]

| December 25, 2021
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No Time to Die (2021)

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No Time to Die (2021)

It is probably well to note right away that No Time to Die, the 25 James Bond adventure, is not going to please many purists.  Those who have picked and prodded through every nook and cranny of this long-running series, or those who view it as comfort food, are going to walk away with mixed […]

| October 15, 2021
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