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Movie review: “Skyscraper”

Towering Inferno meets Die Hard Lite, Dwayne Johnson’s latest action spectacle plays like a tepid throwback that makes little use of its leading man’s two main strengths: his imposing presence and impeccable comic timing. Skyscraper is too predictable for its own good. Let’s be honest: A large part of the fun of watching a movie … Continue reading

Movie review: “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”

Hard-boiled with a dash of absurdist pulp, Sicario: Day of the Soldado lacks the subtle nuances and gritty realism of the original but earns points for taking chances without slipping into spectacle, as well as for moving its character arcs forward in a manner that doesn’t betray what came before. Much of the credit goes to … Continue reading

Movie review: “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

[Note: This review contains potential spoilers.] Inconsequential, toothless, and unwilling to drift from the series’ safe space, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom doesn’t even satisfy the lowest of expectations. It’s a frustrating slog that plays like a two-hour teaser for the movie we really want to see. This time around, a volcano is on the verge … Continue reading

Movie review: “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Solo: A Star Wars Story is easily the lightest, breeziest Star Wars movie to date. The stakes are low, the fate of the galaxy isn’t in the balance, and the drama is personal but not on an operatic scale. Ultimately that’s a good thing, allowing the movie to be what a Han Solo origin movie should … Continue reading

Movie review: “Avengers: Infinity War”

There’s almost no point in writing a review of Avengers: Infinity War; Marvel’s über-ambitious movie juggernaut has built momentum behind itself for 18 movies over the course of a decade, and moviegoers made their decision whether or not to see it some time ago. Let’s be honest: all you really want to know is if … Continue reading

Movie review: “Rampage”

A big slice of “meh” dumped into the no man’s land between Ready Player One and a certain high-profile Marvel movie, Rampage is an afterthought that barely qualifies as a distraction for those waiting for the summer blockbuster season to kick off in earnest. To be fair, it’s not that it’s bad per se, just … Continue reading

Movie review: “Ready Player One”

The ultimate fanboy film, Ready Player One hinges entirely on geeky nostalgia. It’s loaded top to bottom with with aural and visual references to video games, movies, film, comic books, television, toys, and role playing games, mostly from but not exclusively limited to the 1980s. You’ll see a Spartan from Halo disintegrate Freddy Krueger and … Continue reading

Movie review: “Pacific Rim Uprising”

Steven S. DeKnight’s sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 love letter to anime and kaiju movies is more coherent than a Transformers movie but not much smarter, Pacific Rim Uprising is at its best when it drops all pretenses and focuses on giant CGI robots fighting giant CGI monsters. The actual flesh-and-blood characters are paper … Continue reading

Movie review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

A mixed bag at best, Ave DuVernay’s (Selma) adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic young adult novel hammers home its (still) powerful message of individuality over conformity while combining it with a potent “girls rule” empowerment message. On the downside, it does so with blunt force under a crushing wave of eye-candy and mediocre technique. Considering … Continue reading

Movie review: “Annihilation”

Beautifully executed though thematically murky, Alex Garland’s (Ex Machina) adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s best-seller novel is an exercise in psychedelia and cinematic dissonance. Though not as existentially unnerving as Ex Machina, it’s one of the most ambitious head movies ever made, laced with trace elements of Carpenter’s The Thing and Tartovsky’s Stalker, with a little … Continue reading

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