Finestkind

This seafaring tale of two scallop-fishing brothers and the struggles they face both out on the ocean and back on dry land has the promise of at-sea dramas like ‘The Perfect Storm’, but it falls woefully short. Hampered by an ultra-clichéd plot and groan-worthy dialogue, even the top-shelf cast (Ben […]

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Fingernails

Imagine a world where, just by yanking a fingernail out and running it through a machine alongside your partner’s, you can find out if you’re truly in love. That’s the bizarre premise of this heady sci-fi drama starring Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed, which feels designed solely to be one […]

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The Mill

Lil Rel Howery tackles what is essentially a one-man show in this sci-fi thriller about an employee who wakes up in a dirt and concrete cell and is made to push his own Sisyphus’ stone around in a circle repeatedly for unknown reasons. What might have actually worked as a […]

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Heist 88

Based loosely on the true story of the 1988 heist of the First National Bank of Chicago, this wholly forgettable film had plenty of promise to be sure, but a weak, pedestrian script dooms it pretty much from the get-go. Courtney B. Vance stars as the ringleader, who recruits four […]

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Love Is in the Air

This Aussie cheeseball wannabe-Hallmark flick stars pop singer Delta Goodrem alongside Joshua Sasse as a predictably oil-and-water duo who, of course, wind up falling in luuuuv. He’s a big-money British guy sent to shut down her unprofitable mom-and-pop single-plane airline—before, that is, he realizes it’s not all about money; sometimes, […]

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Retribution

The latest interchangeable Liam Neeson action extravaganza finds our hero in a very ‘Speed’-like situation after he gets a phone call that a bomb has been planted in his car, and that it’ll go off unless he keeps driving, and (gasp!) his kids are along for the ride! Sounds like […]

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Vacation Friends 2

I’m not entirely sure 2021’s ‘Vacation Friends’ was crying out for a sequel, but here we are. Yes, the first outing (a Hulu original) was relatively entertaining, but not so much this lazy and pointless follow-up. Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji, John Cena, and Meredith Hagner are all back as […]

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The List

When newly-engaged New Yorker Abby (Halston Sage) finds out that her fiancé has slept with one of the celebrities on his good-ol’ free-pass list, she takes it as a sign to…do the exact same thing and get some revenge. The occasional smattering of witty dialogue and a passable performance from […]

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The Out-Laws

Clearly someone was looking for a clever way to reverse engineer the title into a full-length movie when they came up with this kinda-clunker. Pierce Brosnan and Ellen Barkin star as bank robbers who show up in town for the wedding of their unknowing daughter (Nina Dobrev) to her doofus […]

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

The seventh Transformers flick makes it very clear that (A) they should have stopped at six (if not sooner) and (B) Michael Bay did more for this franchise than people may realize. Without Bay’s trademark camerawork and oversaturation to distract you (Steven Caple, Jr. has assumed the reins), this latest […]

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