Meet Cute

Kaley Cuoco and Pete Davidson headline this ‘Groundhog Day’-on-acid rom-com from camera operator-turned-director Alex Lehmann. Essentially just a vehicle for Cuoco to strut her acting chops (which are, surprisingly, considerable, given her decade-plus on the awful ‘The Big Bang Theory’), it’s a quirky and only occasionally maddening Indie darling. It […]

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Day Shift

The always-on Jamie Foxx stars as lone-wolf vampire hunter Bud in the directorial debut of longtime stunt coordinator J.J. Perry (‘The Fast and the Furious’, ‘John WIck’). Supremely stylized to match ifs SoCal locale, the film is a bloody good time, particularly once Bud is reluctantly paired up with a […]

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The Gray Man

Ryan Gosling (good guy) squares off against Chris Evans (bad guy) in this spy vs. spy action flick from directors Joe and Anthony Russo (‘Avengers: Endgame’). It’s big-budget, bloody, mindless fun combining beautiful people (Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, and Dhanush co-star), exotic locales (Prague, Vienna, and Château de Chantilly), […]

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Not as memorable or as inventive as ‘Ragnarok’, the third Thor flick is still a solid, comedy-first/superhero-second effort from writer-director Taika Waititi. All hail the return of Natalie Portman as Jane, but the rest of the characters—including Thor himself and Christian Bale’s cartoonish villain Gorr the God Butcher—pale in comparison. […]

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Cha Cha Real Smooth

Newbie writer-director Cooper Raiff clearly has some talent and is bound for bigger and better things. Despite a few missteps, his tale of a young, aimless college grad who falls for an older(ish) woman (Dakota Johnson) has plenty of heart and charisma and snappy dialogue. It’s a cute and quirky […]

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Jerry and Marge Go Large

Based on a true story, “Jerry and Marge” stars Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening as the Michigan couple who found a loophole in the lottery and walked away with millions, helping their tiny little hometown in the process. It’s sweet and charming and floats over you like a cool breeze, […]

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Director Sam Raimi enters the MCU with a movie that may look hella-cool but trips over itself repeatedly as ‘Loki’ creator Michael Waldron’s script alternates between brain-scrambling esoterica and tired superhero tropes. Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, and a top-notch supporting cast all do fantastic work, though, and, despite not being […]

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Dual

Karen Gillan stars in this off-the-wall thriller, set in a not-too-distant future where terminally ill people can clone themselves to make their death easier for their loved ones. The issue is, should the person miraculously recover, the original and double have to fight to the death. (We can’t have two […]

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Metal Lords

If I told you it was a movie, written by D. B. Weiss (of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame), about two lowly high school outcasts who form a heavy metal band and then recruit a loner cellist to join in the fray, would that sound interesting at all? Turns out, yes. […]

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As They Made Us

The feature film writing/directorial debut for Mayim Bialik, this bittersweet tale of a young woman (Dianna Agron) coping with the imminent death of her father (Dustin Hoffman) is a powerful, if somewhat uneven, tale of family and dysfunction and coping. Candice Bergen and Simon Helberg co-star, rounding out a fairly […]

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