They Called Him Mostly Harmless

The puzzling tale of an Appalachian Trail hiker whose body was discovered in a tent in Florida in 2018 is the subject of what ultimately is a mildly frustrating documentary from director Patricia Gillespie. The crux of the film is the nationwide effort to identify the off-the-grid man (which ends […]

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Lift

Struggling mightily to launch Kevin Hart’s career as a serious action star, this all-over-the-place ‘Ocean’s 11’ wannabe finds the comic as the ringleader of a heist gang hired by Interpol to foil an even larger heist. Not nearly as clever (or believable) as the ‘Oceans’ films, however, the film crumbles […]

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Foe

Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal star as Midwestern couple Hen and Junior in this meandering sci-fi drama about a couple living in a pseudo-dystopian 2065. Because of the deteriorating state of the Earth, Junior is chosen to try out life on a space station for a year, while an AI […]

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EXmas

Leighton Meester and Robbie Amell headline this fairly forgettable holiday flick as an ex-couple; she called off their engagement because he spent more time working on work than their relationship. The thing is, she’s such a hit with his family that they’ve kept her in their life, even inviting her […]

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Saltburn

Writer-director Emerald Fennell’s latest is an extremely graphic, lasciviously obscene, and squirm-inducing class commentary that may either have you running out of the room or (less likely) praising Fennell for the unadulterated, brazen way she tackles her chosen subjects. As with 2020’s phenomenal ‘Promising Young Woman’, she is in her […]

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How to Fall in Love by Christmas (or ‘…the Holidays’)

Teri Hatcher stars in this low-rent Hallmark knock-off about a lifestyle company’s CEO who’s told by her Board to not only date and fall in love by the holidays (ew?) but document it all on social media to raise brand awareness. Sure, there are some cute-ish moments along the way, […]

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Reptile

What starts out as a promising film about a grim murder and the detective struggling to solve it doesn’t take long to become a somewhat tiresome effort from first-time director Grant Singer—who may have seen one too many David Fincher films and wanted (too much) to make something like them. […]

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Expend4bles

Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham lead the way in this wham-bang actioner that slowly but surely turns into ‘Die Hard on a Cargo Ship’. It has its moments, sure, and the fight sequences and testosterone overload are enough to keep your interest (assuming you’re up for fight sequences and a […]

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The Monkey King

Loosely inspired by an ancient Ming Dynasty novel, this animated effort from Pearl Studios arrives with all the promise of being something close to ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ or ‘Wolfwalkers’, but it instead seems to have gone out of its way to be as middle-of-the-road as possible, with the […]

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Wildflower

This halfway-charming Indie coming-of-age comedy stars Kiernan Shipka as a teenager who feels responsible for looking after her own intellectually disabled parents. Written and directed by Matt Smukler (based on his own short film), it’s a semisweet and quirky film about family and love with an all-star supporting cast, including […]

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