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Movie review: “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Big, loud, and painted in broad strokes, Batman v. Superman is comic book opera opera in every sense — and not in a good way. In fact, it’s a soulless, dreary mess. It’s an exemplar of the worst excesses of screenwriter David S. Goyer (with some needed doctoring from Chris Terrio) and director by Zack Snyder … Continue reading

Movie review: “Knight of Cups”

Muddled, aimless, indecipherable, and shallow, Terence Malick’s Knight of Cups is one of the most insufferable slogs in recent cinema, a soul-crushing waste of a fine cast and some genuinely stunning photography by recent Academy Award winner Emmanuel Luzbecki (The Revenant). There was a time when Malick’s opaque style was a breath of fresh air in … Continue reading

Movie review: “10 Cloverfield Lane”

Let’s clarifying something up front: 10 Cloverfield Lane isn’t a sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2008 giant monster-takes-Manhattan flick Cloverfield — at least not a direct one. It is, at most, a companion piece, one whose connection to the other isn’t specified until the final act, and even then in a way that raises questions but answers … Continue reading

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