Man of the Hour

Man of the Hour

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

(May 23, 2019) Reviews JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM. As we struggle for footing on the shifting sands of national leadership in constant cartoon crisis, a broader geopolitical landscape tilting toward global...

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She Should Run

Long Shot and Nexflix's Ted Bundy biopic

(May 9, 2019) Reviews LONG SHOT. My wife has harbored a celebrity crush on Seth Rogen since long before he started showing up in good suits; this confounds and troubles me. But to...

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Adrift in the Marvel Universe

Endgame vs. the machine that made it

(May 2, 2019) Reviews AVENGERS: ENDGAME. Chemically unassisted sleep is, as a rule, challenging for me. It is the healthy, more reliable path by which to arrive at REM sleep (which everyone assures...

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Horse Power

The Mustang and Homecoming

(April 25, 2019) Reviews THE MUSTANG. Hope isn't the word for it, really, but then one should hardly go looking for hope in a prison movie. (Sorry, Shawshank fans). But The Mustang, the...

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Little Devils

Hellboy and Little

(April 18, 2019) Reviews HELLBOY. Sometimes one wants simply to be entertained: to sit in a dark room and be distracted — transported, ideally, but that's asking a lot — by a...

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The Ups and Downs of Supernatural Pet Ownership

Pet Sematary and Unicorn Store

(April 11, 2019) Reviews PET SEMATARY. I started reading Stephen King, well, probably too young. The phase receded in early-mid adolescence, although I have, as recently as this year, begun to revisit his...

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Life On the Road

The Dirt and The Highwaymen

(April 4, 2019) Reviews THE DIRT. Mötley Crüe has never been my thing; never been a "thing" at all for me, really. There's a bit of a generational discrepancy and by the time...

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Us Doubles Down

Triple Frontier retreats

(March 28, 2019) Reviews US. With the din of the unmitigated success of Get Out (2017) — including multiple Academy Award nominations and a win for best original screenplay — barely receding,...

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The F-Words

Shrill is a fun, fearless mess

(March 21, 2019) Reviews SHRILL. Hulu's recent fun-size six-episode series Shrill, which loosely fictionalizes Lindy West's autobiographical essay collection of the same name, is a collage of fun, brave and smart things that...

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Captain Marvel Overcomes the Hero Complex

(March 14, 2019) Reviews CAPTAIN MARVEL. When the post-credits Easter egg rolled at the end of Avengers: Infinity War (spoiler alert for the dozen people alive who don't know how the ensemble...

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Lonely Hunters

Greta and The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

(March 6, 2019) Reviews GRETA. Back, back into the distant, dusty past, the long ago of the 1990s, when the second wave of New Hollywood cinema was peaking, Neil Jordan rose to prominence...

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Wheels Up

United Skates rolls out the history

(February 28, 2019) Reviews UNITED SKATES. Following several skating families from across the U.S., HBO's documentary United Skates looks at the role of roller rinks in black communities, framing them not only as...

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Scrapping Alita

Isn't It Romantic? earns a wink and a smile

(February 21, 2019) Reviews ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL. Well, shit. As I sit quietly with the fortunately fading memory of this movie, I am faced with dilemma: Did I even try to want to...

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Frozen Out

Cold Pursuit and High Flying Bird

(February 14, 2019) Reviews COLD PURSUIT. Unlike the mess Liam Neeson has made talking about his racist past while promoting Cold Pursuit, there really isn't anything in the movie itself to be upset about,...

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Destroyer and Velvet Buzzsaw

Against Type

(February 7, 2019) Reviews DESTROYER. Few, I think, would fault Nicole Kidman for taking a break once in a while, resting on her laurels, even, after working at breakneck speed for 35 years,...

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Classic Revival

Stan & Ollie and Serenity

(January 31, 2019) Reviews STAN & OLLIE. Chefs, even impassioned eaters, will often credit their grandmothers with the inspiration to pursue their passion. I only got to know my paternal grandmother; she...

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