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Re-examining the backlash against ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ one year later

Star Wars: The Last Jedi celebrated its first birthday last Saturday, though it feels like we’ve been living under its shadow for ages – time moves strangely in the era of American fascism. Criticism of the film exists at a … Continue reading

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‘Operation Finale’ doesn’t show you the goods

5/10 Operation Finale was supposed to be a heavyweight talkie matchup between two of the best actors in the world, but the film minimizes that element in favor of some much less appetizing subplots. In 1960, the Israeli government receives … Continue reading

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Stop what you’re doing and go see ‘Annihilation’

10/10 Annihilation is a soaring triumph of science-fiction adventure. It is jaw-clenching, deliriously beautiful and overwhelmingly weird. Ex-military cellular biology teacher Lena (Natalie Portman) is in mourning for her husband Kane (Oscar Isaac), who has been away for a full … Continue reading

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Spoiler alert — ‘The Last Jedi’ isn’t very good

4/10 Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a colossal technical failure. It is a clear-cut case of “good story poorly told,” and that’s very painful because there are far more good ideas here than bad ones. Poor editing, which arises … 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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