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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Where the Crawdads Sing

Based on the bestselling novel by Delia Owen, this mystery-romance plays like a watered-down mash-up of Nicholas Sparks and John Grisham. Yes, Daisy Edgar-Jones turns in a fine performance as Kya, the so-called Marsh Girl, who raises herself in a North Carolina swamp and finds herself accused of murder, but […]

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Minions: The Rise of Gru

As loud as a six-year-old’s birthday party, as colorful as a bowl of radioactive Froot Loops, and as frenetic as a rave at a caffeine lovers convention, the sequel to 2015’s ‘Minions’ is an all-over-the-place world of craziness that might well leave some parents in the theater reaching for the […]

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Jurassic World: Dominion

For five movies, the formula has worked—let dinosaurs loose, and let humans try to escape (or fight) to survive the day. Why, then, writer/director Colin Trevorrow decided to jettison that and instead focus on a mutant locust swarm and a debate about the ethics of human cloning is anyone’s guess. […]

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All the Old Knives

Chris Pine tries his damndest to elevate this international spy intrigue film above the level of mediocre Tom Clancy-lite, but it slogs more than it sings. Plus, anytime you can easily figure out the “big reveal” five minutes into the film, you know you’re in trouble. Thandiwe Newton, Laurence Fishburne, […]

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Tollbooth

Playing a little like what you’d get if Quentin Tarantino directed a quirky, low-budget British Indie, this bloody tale of murder and mayhem in a tiny Welsh village has plenty of stuff going for it, but it can’t seem to get out of its own way when the poop really […]

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Against the Ice

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Joe Cole star as the fearless Danish explorers who set out to recover the findings of the ill-fated 1906 mission to map the upper reaches of Greenland. It’s a true man-against-the elements drama, beautifully acted and exquisitely shot. The problem is that the story (and the resulting […]

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Jackass Forever

Full-body electrocution, porta-potty explosions, genital bee stings, and being shot out of a cannon are just a few of the tamer stunts that the ageless man-children subject themselves to… if that gives you any idea what’s in store. I’ll never understand why Johnny Knoxville and his crew subject themselves to […]

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Silent Night

 First-time feature director Camille Griffin tries to offer her version of how folks (in this case, a dysfunctional, wealthy British family) would handle the apocalypse. Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode lead the way in what could have been a biting allegory but instead winds up as a whimper that dissolves […]

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Red Notice

Proof that even the best and most reliable cast can’t overcome a silly script and bloated plot, Red Notice arrives on Netflix feeling very much like a direct-to-video B-movie. Sure, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds (playing essentially the same role each of them ever plays) do some good […]

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