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“Transformers: The Last Knight” Film Review: A Massive Medieval Mess

Optimus Prime in TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, from Paramount Pictures.There are certain movies that are just so mindlessly insane that are executed in a way that makes you actually buy into the ridiculousness they are selling (i.e. the Fast and Furious franchise). Movies of the sort provide an enjoyable dose of fun that is worth your time. Transformers: The Last Knight is not one of those movies.

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“The Beguiled” Film Review: Sisters Before Misters

beguiled-excerpt A “who’s zoomin’ who?” celebration of scheming for both genders that keeps in the spirit of Coppola’s pensive, atmospheric aesthetic, but is unexpectedly straightforward in its delivery, leaving a craving for more of her nuanced stoicism that we have grown to love — or that has driven us crazy.

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“47 Meters Down” Film Review: A Deep Dive Into Thrilling Absurdity

47-meters-excerptFull of deep sea despair, massive Great White sharks, and a star from This Is Us, the movie delivers some the best jump-in-your-seat thrills, but at the same time, it’s just a series of ignorant decisions made by the characters that will have you rooting for the Great Whites.

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“Rough Night” Film Review: A Shot of Drunken Debauchery With a Friendship Chaser

RTB__00197.nefRough Night defies expectations with solid comedy and adds raunchy nuance (didn’t know that was possible) to the predictable drunken, drug-ridden fun of a cinematic bachelorette party.

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“Cars 3” Film Review: The Franchise Gets Back on Track With This Sweet Ride of a Sequel

cars-3-excerptThe third installment of the popular franchise switches gears from the less-than-desirable Cars 2 by delivering a heartwarming story of ambition and maturity that flips the script with subtle subtext of inclusion.

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BRIGSBY BEAR Film Review: Kyle Mooney Shows the Healing Power of Fandom with this Indie Comedy

brigsby bear excerptYour typical indie comedy will give you honey-colored hues, beautiful shots of nature, and humorously deadpan conversations over heartfelt tension. Brigsby Bear starring and co-written by Saturday Night Live performer Kyle Mooney will give audiences all that and more with an unexpected twist that drives the emotional current for the full film.

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“Beatriz at Dinner” Film Review: A Delicious Buffet of White Privilege and Identity Politics

Beatriz at DinnerIn Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, the social anxiety is cranked up to full blast as very timely issues surface between the soft-spoken, yet strong-minded Beatriz and a self-centered, arrogant businessman to provide rousing dinner conversation and, in turn, one delightfully intense of a film about the division of class and race.

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“It Comes At Night” Film Review: Whatever “It” Is, It’s Terrifyingly Dull

EMcNatt_StanleyBud_August5th_MG_6560.tifDirector-writer Trey Edward Shults shows his savvy and brilliance in framing a quiet thriller, but even with all the scares and mystery, it leaves you unsatisfied and disappointed.

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“The Hero” Film Review: A Celebration of the National Treasure That is Sam Elliott

hero-excerptBalancing humor, grace, and the emotional dynamics of relationships with others and with oneself, The Hero is a moving film that serves as an example on how to treat and pay homage to cinematic icons.

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“The Mummy” Film Review: Tomb! There it is!

the-mummy-excerpt The MCU approach to Universal’s Dark Universe of classic monsters hopes to revitalize a legendary time in Hollywood, but after watching Tom Cruise lead the charge in The Mummy, the studio may want reconsider their approach.

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“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” Film Review: The Best Pantsless Superhero Movie You’ll Ever Watch

capt-underpants-excerptCaptain Underpants is a much-needed jolt of joy amidst the action-packed drama of the MCU and the DCEU that reminds us that comic books are also fun, silly, and filled with wild child-like imagination.

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“Wonder Woman” Film Review: The Amazon Princess Slays and Saves the DCEU

wonder-woman-excerptDirector Patty Jenkins sets a new bar for the movies in the DCEU, making Wonder Woman a unconquerable savior in a lineup of punch-happy heroes who like tearing down buildings and metaphorically comparing the sizes of their codpieces.

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“Megan Leavey” Film Review: The Kate Mara Canine War Drama is Doggone Emotional

megan-leavey-excerptDespite its occasional melodrama and disposable tertiary characters, the film is an emotional surprise, serving up a brave and touching story about a woman and her dog that doesn’t seem like a made-for-TV sob pic.

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“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Film Review: The Swashbuckling Sequel Finds Its Sea Legs

pirates-excerptThe latest installment of the franchise breaks the mediocrity of the last two films as it returns to form with a fresh energy, “yo-ho-ho” humor, and high seas adventure that echoes the brilliance of The Curse of the Black Pearl.

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“Baywatch” Film Review: A Slo-mo Head-First Dive Into Shallow TV-to-Movie Remakes

baywatch-excerptEven with two huge marquee names leading the charge, this adaptation drowns itself in dated raunchy humor, stale dick jokes, gay panic riffs, and clunky writing that not even the Hoff could save.

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“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” Movie Review: A Camelot Catastrophe

king-arthur-excerptThe director who brought us stylized across-the-pond greatness like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels attempts to inject the same tough-as-nails swagger to Camelot lore but ends up making a tangled Arthurian mess.

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“Snatched” Film Review: Goldie Hawn Steals the Show in Schumer-fied Mother-Daughter Comedy

snatched-excerptThe Jonathan Levine-directed comedy written by Kate Dippold and produced by Paul Feig is spirited, surprisingly emotional, and obviously fun, but it lacks an extra layer of zest to make it a hit comedy that the world will be talking about six months from now.

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“Alien: Covenant” Film Review: Ridley Scott Returns to Form With Chest-Bursting Thrills

alien-covenant-excerptThe latest installment of the sci-fi franchise twists the Alien storytelling formula enough so that it keeps the viewer engaged, the characters interesting, and doesn’t regurgitate the same story we have seen in these movies time and time again. It’s also bloody entertaining….literally.

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“3 Generations” Film Review: With All Its Good Intent, the Trans Drama is a Missed Opportunity

THREE GENERATIONSFrom MPAA ratings to transwashing, the controversies surrounding 3 Generations weighed the film down and made it lose its primary storytelling focus — which didn’t seem well-executed from the start.

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“The Circle” Film Review: Because We Need Another Movie Telling Us Social Media is Destroying Humanity

circle-excerptThe Circle brings some very timely and heady topics to the forefront and even though I haven’t read the book from which it was adapted, I can already tell that this movie doesn’t do justice to its source material.

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“Sleight” Film Review: Jacob Latimore Brings Magic to a Mundane Movie

sleight-excerptJD Dillard’s directorial debut, Sleight has been compared to Chronicle, Iron Man, and Dope. It’s more like a mashup of all three — a mashup that tends to have a hard time sustaining its flavor. Luckily, star Jacob Latimore adds enough charisma to the film’s fuel tank to make it entertaining enough to watch.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” Film Review: A Wildly Adventurous Space Opera of Snark and Daddy Issues

gotg-excerptVol. 2 may not top its predecessor when it comes to fun, but it still delivers top-notch sci-fi-laden action, emotionally driven family drama, and an adorably irresistible Baby Groot.

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“The Fate of the Furious” Film Review: High Octane Family Dysfunction That Partially Satisfies

fate-furious-excerptIn the eighth installment of the multi-billion dollar franchise dramatically titled The Fate of the Furious, the fuel tank only reaches the 3/4 mark and could have used a couple more boosts of NOS to make it reach peak fun-filled ridiculousness.

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“The Lost City of Z” Film Review: You’ll Certainly Get Lost and Catch Some Z’s

city-of-z-excerptPercy Fawcett’s story is an amazing tale of courage and wild passion for undiscovered truth. %here are moments when Gray’s adaptation captures those emotions, but the film is one of those movies you’re supposed to like for the sake of liking it. As adventurous as it is, it feels like a film that would have been better if it were released in the late ’90s or early ’00s.

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“Gifted” Film Review: A Sweet and Sappy Tale of Math, Family, and More Math

gifted-excerptDirected by Marc Webb and penned by up-and-coming screenwriter Tom Flynn, Gifted tells a heartwarming and pretty story about a down-on-his-luck, ruggedly handsome single man and his spunky genius mathematician niece — but it doesn’t add up to much.

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“The Discovery” Film Review: The Best Emo Sci-Fi Pic You’ll Watch This Year

discovery-excerptIn the world created in Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery, many think it’s best to waste no time in getting to the afterlife so they just commit suicide to get there, making this sci-fi drama one of the most gloriously gloomy things you’ll ever watch.

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“Ghost in the Shell” Film Review: A Fine Showcase of Hollywood’s Poor Decision-Making Skills

gits-excerptThe valiant effort of United Colors of Benetton casting doesn’t make up for the fact that this movie blatantly took an Asian character and gave it to a white actress. Whitewashing controversy aside, this live-action adaptation of the popular magna is boring, robotic, and serves as an excellent sedative.

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“CHIPS” Film Review: The Movie Adaptation of the TV Classic is a Clunky and Uneven Ride

chips-excerptDax Shepard and Michael Pena reboot iconic TV characters with new life and swagger, but it’s not enough to make this adaptation spectacular.

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“Power Rangers” Film Review: Mighty Morphin Fun That Won’t Ruin Your Childhood

power-rangers-excerptThe adaptation is entertaining and fun enough to pass muster, but doesn’t break any molds. That being said, fans of the original can rest easy knowing that their childhood won’t be tainted by this diverse, edgy, and millenial-grade redux of Saban’s popular spandex-clad franchise.

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George Lazenby Charms in “Becoming Bond”, “Bill Nye: Science Guy” Shows a Different Side of the TV Icon

becoming-bond-excerptThe documentary Becoming Bond takes a refreshing approach to the story of one-and-done 007 actor George Lazenby while Bill Nye: Science Guy gives the iconic TV personality the scientific credit he deserves.

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