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Directed by Kenya Barris (‘black-ish’) and co-written by Jonah Hill, this lazy retread of the fantastic ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ may have its heart in the right place, but it collapses under a barrage of tired tropes and the very stereotypes it’s trying to combat. Yes, having Eddie Murphy/Nia […]

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I Believe in Santa

Real-life spouses John Ducey (who also wrote the script) and Christina Moore are a meet-cute couple who start out swimmingly but take an unexpected turn at the holidays when it’s revealed that he believes in Santa—like legit believes. Of course, it’s all just pretense for a holiday film designed to […]

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Christmas at the Drive-In

Co-starring for a third time together in a schmaltzy holiday TV movie, Danica McKellar and Neal Bledsoe keep the Christmas spirit kinda afloat with a cute but ultimately forgettable tale about a big city real estate developer (Bledsoe) threatening to tear down the local drive-in. Of course, this is much […]

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Falling for Christmas

I know, I know…it’s Lindsay Lohan. It’s a ridiculous holiday movie on Netflix. It co-stars Chord Overstreet. And the last time I checked, it wasn’t 2003. I get it. There’s very little redeeming about this thing, but as a back-in-the-day Lohan-ite, it’s nice to see her back in action and […]

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Halloween Ends

The David Gordon Green-helmed trilogy comes to an end with a sometimes-fun but ultimately unsatisfying conclusion, as Jamie Lee Curtis—playing Laurie Strode one last time—ties a ribbon on the whole pesky Michael Myers thing. Sure, it’s a solid slasher in its own right, but is this really what we’ve been […]

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The Greatest Beer Run Ever

Based on a true story, this tale of a Merchant Mariner who decides to head to Vietnam in the middle of the war, just to deliver beers to his buddies from the neighborhood, suffers from a wildly uneven (and often preachy) script. Zac Efron, continuing to prove that he’s far […]

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Don’t Worry Darling

With all the buzz and controversy surrounding it in the weeks leading up to its release, it would be easy to say that ‘Darling’ just couldn’t get out of its own way, but it turns out it’s just not a very good movie in its own right. Director Olivia Wilde […]

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Patton Oswalt: We All Scream

Much of this stand-up special (the comedian’s eighth) reflects primarily on his stir-crazy hours spent during the pandemic. You would think all that time would have allowed him to write some better material than whatever this is. Sure, some things work—the idea for the saddest Pixar movie, particularly—but when a […]

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Confess, Fletch

Jon Hamm tries his best to assume the mantle that Chevy Chase first wore in 1985’s cult hit, but a meandering and needlessly convoluted script about art theft and murder is only part of the issue. The bigger problem is that Hamm—as talented and respected as he is—doesn’t have (or […]

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Luck

The first film from Apple-backed Skydance Animation (the new home of ousted Pixar honcho John Lasseter), Luck is a wildly convoluted story of a comically unlucky teenage girl in foster care. She travels to the Land of Luck to help a young friend find a forever home with a new […]

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