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Hugh Jackman Cannot Save Sci-Fi Noir Thriller ‘Reminiscence’ From Mediocre Script

Most of the science-fiction films we see today are significantly influenced by classics of the genre. Ridley Scott’s Alien and Blade Runner, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the Wachowski sisters’ The Matrix are some of the more commonly discussed inspirations. Director Lisa Joy, co-creator of the TV series Westworld, is no exception to the rule. Her recent film Reminiscence is a sci-fi…

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Ryan Reynolds Goes Virtual in ‘Free Guy’

Set in the virtual game-world of Free City, Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is a bank teller NPC (Non-Playable Character). Guy lives his life by a simple routine: wake up, watch the news, go to work, and finish his day with a beer on the beach with his friend Buddy (Lil Rel Howery), a security guard. Guy…

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James Gunn’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Subverts Superhero Genre Fatigue

One thing I appreciate about the D.C. Extended Universe (DCEU) is how each of the series’ films feel stylistically and tonally unique from one another. Subtract the examples of studio interference gone wrong, such as the original cut of Justice League (2017) or David Ayers’ Suicide Squad (2016), and you’ve got a diverse range of fun, entertaining films. Patty…

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Matt Damon Plays a Father Acting Out of Desperation in New Drama ‘Stillwater’

Stillwater is a movie inspired by the true story of Amanda Knox, a college student who was wrongfully convicted and acquitted with the murder of her roommate overseas.  The Tom McCarthy-directed drama (the director of 2015’s Best Picture winner Spotlight) recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to mostly favorable reception. Critics have praised the performance of one…

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Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ is a Fun and Familiar Adventure

Trying to strike lightening in a bottle for a second time, Disney’s Jungle Cruise is a safe and familiar adventure based on the classic theme park attraction. The movie is energetic and coasts off the chemistry between its two stars, Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. Jesse Plemons hams it up as a villain of German royalty.  Botanist…

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