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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Eternals

Turns out all the pedigree in the world (the Marvel brand, writer/director Chloe Zhao, and a top-flight cast) is no match for a silly script that makes you seriously wonder how anyone associated with this kept a straight face. More foolish than it is fun and more dazzle than it […]

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Muppets Haunted Mansion

Though it bears the Muppets name, this misfire bears little-to-no resemblance to the razor-sharp humor and solid satire that distinguished Kermit and the gang from, say, any weekday morning show you’d find these days on PBS. In fact, Kermit is pretty much non-existent in this tale of how Gonzo (and […]

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My Son

The gimmick is that James McAvoy wasn’t given a script heading into this slow-burn thriller about a father trying to find his abducted son in the Scottish Highlands… which means he finds out what’s going on at the same time as we do watching it. Despite his solid performance, though […]

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Sweet Girl

Jason Mamoa and Isabela Merced star in a revenge thriller about a dad and daughter trying to hunt down the pharmaceutical company baddies who they blame for her mom’s cancer death, before going on the run to escape the authorities. It’s a violent road-trip that has a decent pace and […]

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