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The more things stay the same from ‘X’ to ‘Pearl’

8/10 In March, A24 released writer/director/editor/producer Ti West’s X, a time capsule of a slasher film set in 1979 in which amateur pornographers run headfirst into exactly the kind of sadistic murderers who would fill the void pornography was about … Continue reading

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‘Everything Everywhere’ closer to one thing in one place

5/10 They say the two things you can’t avoid are death and taxes. Even in a movie about jumping through the multiverse, one that built an advertising campaign around introducing the concept to audiences, the characters can’t find their way … Continue reading

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Long-awaited ‘Top Gun’ sequel soars

8/10 Top Gun: Maverick is an audacious, historic photography project unlike anything that’s ever been done before or is likely to be done after. This is the type of sensory experience for which theaters were built. NAS North Island- After … Continue reading

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The long, strange walk down the hall from ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ to Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’

On Feb. 14, 2020, Paramount Pictures dumped Sonic the Hedgehog into theaters, a movie-product it handled for Sega, the video game company that developed Sonic in the early ‘90s. After an elongated marketing campaign highlighted by the character’s horrifying initial … Continue reading

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Performance anxiety and real-world rage of Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’

Perusing year-end Netflix originals, I get a nagging, grim itch to revisit “Inside,” the comedy special that released to rapturous praise last May. I’d started some fights about it around the time of its release because I found it to … Continue reading

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