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Del Toro’s dark fantasy a darker reality in ‘Nightmare Alley’

10/10 Nightmare Alley is a macabre masterpiece of despair, cynicism and sin. It would be too simple to call this writer/director/producer Guillermo del Toro’s best work, but it is certainly his most refined and most cruel. End of the line, … Continue reading

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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Mule’ feels amateurish

1/10 After 37 movies in the director’s chair, not including ones he only produced or starred in, 88-year-old Clint Eastwood remains a cultural icon who commands the respect of his peers and viewership, but with every new movie he directs, … Continue reading

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‘Star is Born’ not great, will probably win best picture

6/10 A Star is Born is the kind of predictable, pretentious Oscarbate that I want to despise with every fiber of my being, but I can not. Everything about this movie tells me I should hate it, but it is … Continue reading

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‘Vol. 2’ not as good as first, but with new and different merits

7/10 In August 2014, the first Guardians of the Galaxy burst into theaters as a wildly different offering from the MCU. From the formula that was finally beginning to grow stale — and kept right on doing so with its next … Continue reading

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Todd Phillips wanted to make a true crime movie, but all he could manage was Hangover 4

Steven James @StevenLeeJames War Dogs, the latest from writer/director Todd Phillips, tries to be a black comedy that makes the audience emotional, a crime movie, an entertaining comedy that puts exaggerated characters into grounded situations, a political satire and an … Continue reading

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