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Aronofsky fever dream aims to be ‘mother!’ of all biblical adaptations

8/10 Writer/director Darren Aronofsky has made a horror movie about inconsiderate house guests, and it is one of the most gripping, audacious things I have seen in my entire life. A woman, known in the script only as mother (Jennifer … Continue reading

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‘Passengers’ a cliche-ridden mess

Passengers is a fantastic concept for a film and, starring the two hottest actors in the world, a guaranteed success, but inept, lazy filmmaking allows this concept to descend into cliche and disturbing moral carelessness. Aboard the starship Avalon, more … Continue reading

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X-Men: Apocalypse a substandard addition to an otherwise improving franchise

Steven James @StevenLeeJames X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t a terrible film, but I wish it did not exist.  En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac), the world’s first mutant, was born in Egypt and worked his way to the status of living god. The movie … Continue reading

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Joy sunk by baffling editing

Editing in movies is a defensive job — if it’s done well, you don’t notice, but if you do notice, it’s because something went wrong, and something went very badly wrong with Joy.  The movie is a biopic — it’s not … Continue reading

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The Möbius strip: Krampus surprises, awards start rolling in

As with last week, part two of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay took the crown with an unimpressive total — $18.9 million — but the real story is the surprising runner up, Krampus. The weekend’s only wide release was expected to settle for the no. 4 … Continue reading

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