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Category Archive: cinema

Godzilla remains a political monster

A blockbuster with a political pulse.

Rocketman: a musical desperate to break out

Hold me closer tiny song and dance numbers.

The Poké-Noir of Detective Pikachu

Grounded in a world of cute totem creatures with its buddy cop premise but the sins of video game films lurk.

The End is Inevitable in Avengers: Endgame

A magnificent mortality fable across time.

Shazam! Adventures in Superhero-ing

The DC Comics stable of superheroes have finally found a groove

The Lifestyles of the Rich and Ruthless in All the Money in the World

Greed is good if you’re a Getty.

The Best Films of 2017

This year was exhausting but the films weren’t.

Pig Little Lies

To live in a capitalist culture, you have to live a lie, that’s the gambit of the brilliant Okja.

The gods and monsters of Alien: Covenant

Leverages the franchise’s canon into bold, existential ideas about artificial intelligence and the relationship between gods and monsters; fathers and sons.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Stuck on rewind in space

Vol. 2 has the revelry of the first, but it feels regimented, like a party planner hired to recapture the magic of a spontaneous night out.

Oh Jackie

Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) rides in the back of a ambulance following the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy (Brody and Aiden Weinberg). She lists names to her companions and asks if… Continue reading

Assassin’s Creed is a slave to the material

Everything, even the title, gets unpacked. There is nothing left to the imagination.

The best films of 2016

The films that pushed back in 2016.

Becoming an avatar of what you love in La La Land

A relief from the potholes of life as we envision the best versions of ourselves in snappy musical numbers.

The lessons of the 52 films by women pledge

Filmmaking skews male so you have to poke it back.