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I, Tonya: Image Culture on Ice

I, Tonya: Image Culture on Ice

Perfect performances support an underachieving recreation.
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Avengers: Endgame: Fan Reservice

Avengers: Endgame: Fan Reservice

The 22-film climax delivers on fireworks but passes up its themes. Here's my full analysis.
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The 100 Best Movies of the 2010s

The 100 Best Movies of the 2010s

This decade saw new studios created and old ones bought. Here's my pick for the 100 Best Movies of the 2010s.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Price of Ambition

Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Price of Ambition

With The Rise of Skywalker coming out, I wrote my final evaluation, for good and bad, of one of the most debated movies ever.
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer Reaction: Nostalgia Manipulation

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer Reaction: Nostalgia Manipulation

I'm not buying what this trailer is selling. Here's why.
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The Matrix: Re-Examining a Milestone

The Matrix: Re-Examining a Milestone

The sequels changed this movie. Its ego now shows through its history, though its action still satisfies.
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The Final Word: It’s Time to Retire the Term “Mary Sue”

The Final Word: It’s Time to Retire the Term “Mary Sue”

The talk of what it means to be a Mary Sue has gotten so emotional that I think it's time for the term to disappear. But not before my final word.
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Avengers: Infinity War and the Power of Change

Avengers: Infinity War and the Power of Change

An ensemble cluster of action and color anchored by one of the best villains in the genre. The series' most essential film.
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Gender Horror in The Witch

Gender Horror in The Witch

A movie so scary it's worthy of study. Eggers is a name to watch.
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Dumbo (1941): The First Disney Film to Fall Short

Dumbo (1941): The First Disney Film to Fall Short

Beautiful animation complements a pretty bare story about proving yourself even when you have nothing to prove. Not the studio's best.
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Dark City: Solving the Us Illusion

Dark City: Solving the Us Illusion

An extravagant mystery, deeply brilliant. Where mainstream meets noir and makes them both seem like a good idea.
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Recent Reviews

A pile of discarded Halloween costumes dolled up by millions but still boring to watch.
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Tarantino uses a short film-style to forgive history. He reinvents the best in both (and some of the worst).
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Chaotic elements curdle in Altman's serious silly world. There are worse films but few larger failures.
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The figure is troubled; the movie is precise. It's a tribute to patter more than to a man.
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No shortage of mechanical beauty and a heart full of intent. This doesn't stop it from being loud.
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A well-meaning take on worse movies. It's pretty but it's not brave.
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The 22-film climax delivers on fireworks but passes up its themes. Here's my full analysis.
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A queazy exploration of love that doubles as genre comfort. Don't expect more.
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A new direction doesn't kill the magic. The complete lack of creative energy does.
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This decade saw new studios created and old ones bought. Here's my pick for the 100 Best Movies of the 2010s.
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A gorgeous technological obsession matched to a sparse story. Exactly what meets the eye.
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Refn is suffering from a sex and violence delusion. After this, you might be too.
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Abrams returns to Star Wars to make the most pandering, convoluted, and purposeless entry in the entire saga.
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With The Rise of Skywalker coming out, I wrote my final evaluation, for good and bad, of one of the most debated movies ever.
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As small as horror gets. Images survive a plot that fails them.
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What a dark horse! Has any movie been more hated for being fine?
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A family drama and a space movie, with little enough ambition to fail them both.
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