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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Review: Martin McDonagh is at His Best in Latest Dark Comedy

three billboards  excerpt“It feels like the most successful effort yet from an artist who understands that we’re going to have to face some ugly truths if we ever hope to get better from here,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Toronto: “Borg/McEnroe,” “Battle of the Sexes” Both Feature Tennis, Yet Only One Is Truly About the Sport

battleofthesexesTNTwo of Toronto’s bigger premieres feature great sports stars of the past as portrayed by popular actors from the present. One of the movies has a much bigger and more important message, though they both build up to spectacular match-ups.

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“MOTHER!” Review: Jennifer Lawrence Shines in Darren Aronofsky’s Self-Indulgent Thriller

mother excerpt“Early marketing for the film has made it feel like a Rosemary’s Baby-style thriller, but that’s a huge misdirect, and even calling the film a “horror” film feels dishonest. It is an intensely personal experience, with everything rooted in the perspective of the nameless character played by Jennifer Lawrence,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Brad’s Status” Review: Ben Stiller Delivers the Best Performance of His Career

BS small There are certain rules that you’ll hear people assert about storytelling on film, and one of those rules is that you should not rely heavily on voice-over, and when you want to show an example of how to shatter that rule completely, Brad’s Status would be a great one.

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“It” Review: Andy Muschietti Delivers a Masterclass on Stephen King

it excerpt“Ultimately, Andy Muschietti is the star of the film. He’s the one making the call about how to approach bringing the horror of Derry to life, and the film is filled with striking imagery pulled right from the nightmare life of the kids … For the first time in a long time, the promise of a sequel feels like a promise, not a corporate threat,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Tulip Fever” Review: Does Anyone Really Need to Know THIS Much About Tulips?

tulipfeverTNThe new Alicia Vikander – Christoph Waltz period drama is “needly convoluted and dull, dull, dull,” according to East Coast Editor Edward Douglas.

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“Goon: Last of the Enforcers” Review: Seann William Scott Shines in Hard-Hitting Hockey Sequel

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Review“For a long time, Slap Shot was the gold standard for hockey movies, and while neither of the Goon films quite supplants it on their own, I’d say taken as a one-two punch, the Goon franchise has earned its spot in the trophy case,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Death Note” Review: Nat Wolff Is Miscast In Ambitious Netflix Adaptation That’s Afraid of Its Own Premise

Death Note Review“This is the most fluid and decisive visual storytelling of director Adam Wingard’s career so far, but it’s hard to give a sh*t when there are no limits to the rules and when the stakes are as confusing as they are here,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Logan Lucky” Review: The Most Endearing Slice of Hicksploitation Comedy Since “Raising Arizona”

Logan Lucky ReviewBy now, Steven Soderbergh has to be considered heist film royalty, and it’s clear from the moment this film starts that he is one of the very best filmmakers at this particular type of thing,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Review: A Slick and Soulless Action-Comedy With Movie Stars Instead of Characters

HitmansBodyguard“You can feel the labor behind every single scene, and you can see how hard everyone’s working, but honestly, it feels a little desperate, like they’re sweating behind those smiles,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Patti Cake$” Review: A Joyous Jersey Hip-Hop Fable on Par With “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow”

patticakesreviewxcerpt“Geremy Jasper’s directorial debut debuted at Sundance and features exceptional performances from Danielle Macdonald and Bridget Everett, as well some very catchy tunes,” writes Edward Douglas.

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“Annabelle: Creation” Review: Someone’s a Fan of “Poltergeist” Judging by This Fine But Uninspired Prequel

Annabelle: Creation Review“The first Annabelle was a cheap knock-off of The Conjuring, built around fake tension and lame, slow-burn non-scares. This time, there’s plenty of payoff, and once the film hits its third act, it’s fairly relentless in terms of pace and tone,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Only Living Boy in New York” Review: Marc Webb, Strong Cast Help Allan Loeb’s Script Land Big Emotional Punches

The Only Living Boy in New York Review“This is a small film, but it’s a strong film, and it finally showcases this writer in a way that makes clear what his strengths can be,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Good Time” Review: The Safdie Brothers Box Well Outside Their Weight Class With This Abrasive Crime Thriller

goodtimeexcerpt“The film puts a lot of pressure on Robert Pattinson to deliver as its unlikeable lead. And while his New York accent is something to admire because it makes you forget he was once Edward in Twilight, his performance isn’t very impressive beyond that,” writes Edward Douglas.

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“The Glass Castle” Review: An Erratic But Emotional Adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ Memoir

glasscastlereviewxcerptShort Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton reunites with Brie Larson for Lionsgate’s family drama, which was better than expected, even if the tone is erratic at times.

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“Brigsby Bear” Review: A Special, Beautiful Film That Celebrates the Therapeutic Nature of Art

Brigsby Bear Review“It’s like watching a movie about the making of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and realizing that Pee-Wee built his private world in order to work through some pretty severe trauma. It makes the world that he’s built even more poignant, because you see why it’s important to him,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“The Dark Tower” Review: Stephen King Movie Is a CGI-Fueled Disaster About the Wrong Character

The Dark Tower Review“I don’t want to beat up on a young actor. They are at the mercy of the director. But Tom Taylor is the wrong person to carry this film, plain and simple. Whatever charisma the kid has is not served by this role, and vice versa,” writes a clearly disappointed Drew McWeeny

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“Atomic Blonde” Review: Action Movie Has Its Pleasures But Charlize Theron Deserves Better

Atomic Blonde“The film tries to throw narrative twists at you, but the narrative is so matter-of-fact that they never really connect as twists. And as far as franchise-building goes, there’s no real narrative hook that makes me want to see this particular character again,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Detroit” Review: A Great Piece of Journalism That Doesn’t Make for Great Drama

Detroit Review John Boyega“There’s no special reason that one thing finally pushed people too far back in July of 1967. That was just the moment where everything got to be too much to stomach, and when pushed, a community pushed back,” writes Drew McWeeny of the latest film from Kathyn Bigelow and Mark Boal.

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“Landline” Review: Jenny Slate Comedy Is a Beautifully Detailed Period Piece But It Doesn’t Break Any New Ground

Landline Review“It’s easy to lose the parents in a film like this, but both John Turturro and Edie Falco have their moments, and Landline allows both of them prove just how nimble they are at character-building,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Valerian” Review: Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Epic Is Full of Remarkable Invention But Hindered by Casting

Valerian ReviewNot every actor is right for every kind of film, and I’m pretty well convinced at this point that “heroic lead” is not in Dane DeHaan’s wheelhouse. Cara Delevingne might be better than him, but I’m not sure because she’s curiously underwritten here.

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“Dunkirk” Review: Christopher Nolan’s Harrowing War Movie Packs an Emotional Punch

Dunkirk ReviewDunkirk is not an easy experience. It is not a spoonfed version of history, designed for easy nostalgia. It is a vital and demanding film from an artist who is determined to use the big commercial stage to ask more of the audience,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Film Review: A Web of Amazing Superhero Thrills and Teenage Angst

spiderman-excerptDespite the scoffs and eye rolls, Sony thought it was time to revamp the Spider-Man franchise for the third time, but with a little boost from Marvel Studios. As the saying goes, the third time’s a charm.

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“Despicable Me 3” Film Review: Just Because It’s Happy Doesn’t Mean It’s Necessary

despicable-3-excerptAll the ingredients are in place in this third installment of the Minion-infested Despicable Me franchise, but when combined, it lacks the exciting flavor and energy of its predecessors.

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“Okja” Film Review: This Little Super-piggy Went to Market…and it Was Too Exhausting to Watch

OKJAAs much as it parallels heartwarming child-meets-creature movies, Okja is definitely not E.T. It’s a sweet and strange tale that has relevant ideas but is overstuffed with eccentricities and tonal cocktails that make it exhausting and at times, frustrating to watch.

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“Baby Driver” Film Review: Pedal to the Metal Summer Blockbuster Fun

baby-driver-excerptOne could easily say that Edgar Wright’s latest, Baby Driver is a cooler and less bleak version of Drive. Sure, both have a getaway driver as the protagonist, but that’s where the comparisons stop. Plus, Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver is a lot more fun than a brooding Ryan Gosling in a quilted satin bomber jacket with a totally rad scorpion on the back.

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“War For the Planet of the Apes” Film Review: A Superb Simian Spectacle

Twentieth Century Fox's "War for the Planet of the Apes."Director-writer Matt Reeves goes above and beyond the call of duty and elevates the Apes franchise even more, making War for the Planet of the Apes an epic masterpiece to bookend an outstanding sci-fi trilogy.

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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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