Tully

VERDICT An excellent script from Diablo Cody is brought to life by a peak performance form Charlize Theron. Ensure you see this one, either in theaters now or streaming later. REVIEW The Good: One hell of a screenplay and some excellent performances across the board. The conflict in Tully is surprisingly simple: “I am not enough – how […]

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Avengers: Infinity War (Spoiler-Free)

VERDICT This is the zenith of action films. You will leave exhausted, having experienced the sheer onslaught of emotions and visuals Infinity War throws at you. If you’re going to see this (and you probably are), then pay to see it in theaters where the spectacle can be best appreciated. REVIEW The Good: Astounding visuals […]

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Tomb Raider

VERDICT Alicia Vikander falls into this role with the same confidence and natural ability as Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Beyond her welcome performance, it is aggressively mediocre. Wait for streaming. REVIEW The Good: Alicia Vikander. Do you remember watching Indiana Jones for the first time? In Raiders of the Lost Ark first scene, it takes a few minutes […]

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A Wrinkle in Time

VERDICT A beautifully attempted misfire that awes with its visuals, costume design, and a deeply loving message. Ultimately, they cannot save the poor pacing and script decisions. If you have a young person in your life, take them to see this immediately. If not, you’re better off waiting for cheap seats or streaming. REVIEW The Good: A […]

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Annihilation

Verdict  Annihilation, equal parts gruesome and beautiful, is a chance to see some of our finest actors working in their prime. It’s a sci-fi tale that focuses on an introspective look at humankind’s flawed relationship with biology on a micro, macro, and cosmic scale. Check it out in theaters to appreciate the fantastic visuals. Review […]

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Black Panther

Verdict Black Panther is Marvel at its very best. Pounding action meshes with quiet, introspective character moments, all topped with eye-popping visuals. This is a cultural milestone that needs to be seen on the big screen. Buy the ticket. Review The Good: The script, the casting, the aesthetics, and above all – the concept. Perhaps the worst […]

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Darkest Hour

Verdict The sheer joy and charisma brought to this role by Gary Oldman are the only substantive reasons to see Darkest Hour. Beyond his performance, there is only a slow-burning and largely failed attempt at drama. Stream this one. Review The Good: Gary Oldman and his makeup. The only true and substantive reason to see this movie […]

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Call Me by Your Name

Verdict Gorgeous cinematography, superb acting, and a quietly contemplative script elevate Call Me by Your Name to greatness. It’s a classic romance film for those who never get to receive them. Catch this one in theaters if you can. Review The Good: The acting, cinematography, direction, art design, script. Everything, in short. Call Me by […]

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The Post

Verdict As implausible as it seems, this is a “just good” Spielberg/Streep/Hanks film. Though extremely timely, The Post is by no means the level of quality one would expect from that trio. Watch this one, but wait for discount tickets/streaming. Review The Good: Strong attention to themes tie all the pieces together, plus Streep and […]

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Verdict This is the classic case of parts being stronger than the sum. While McDormand is great, none of the emotional beats land as intended. Wait for it to hit streaming. Review The Good: Frances McDormand, Peter Dinklage, and Sam Rockwell, individually. Three Billboards would be utterly forgettable fare without the strength of its performances. Frances McDormand […]

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