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Paris, 13th District

By | Apr 13, 2022 | Movies, Reviews

[Header artwork by Adrian Tomine] Based on several short stories by American cartoonist Adrian Tomine, French auteur Jacques Audiard’s latest film, Paris, 13th District (French: Les Olympiades, Paris 13e) is a black-and-white drama exploring sex and relationships in the current day City of Love. It follows the lives of Émilie (Lucie Zhang), a call center […]

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Morbius

By | Apr 1, 2022 | Movies, Reviews

It’s never a good sign after leaving a movie that one of my first thoughts are “how did this get made?” Followed closely by “on a scale of Suicide Squad (2016) to Justice League (2017), where does this fall?” Those are what rattled around in my head as I walked back from seeing this movie […]

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0

By | Mar 23, 2022 | Movies, Reviews

Based on the manga “Tokyo Metropolitan Curse Technical School”, later known as “Jujutsu Kaisen” Vol. 0, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 is a feature length prequel to the anime series, Jujutsu Kaisen, produced by Studio MAPPA, based on the manga “Jujutsu Kaisen” by Gege Akutami. If that sounds confusing, that’s because it kind of is if you […]

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The Batman

By | Mar 3, 2022 | Movies, Reviews

There is something off about the Batman, a recognition of something darker that underlies the self-deprecating jab in Batman Begins about how “a guy who dresses up like a bat clearly has issues.” That gnawing tension runs through Matt Reeves’s new film, aptly titled, The Batman. It slowly walks out of the shadows in the […]

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Marry Me

By | Feb 15, 2022 | Movies, Reviews

One of the most unlikely comic book movies of the year, She-Hulk director Kat Coiro’s romantic comedy Marry Me — based on the webcomic by Bobby Crosby and (an unfortunately uncredited) Remy “Eisu” Mokhtar — features Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson in the tale of a similarly unexpected pairing: Kat Valdez (Lopez), a pop star, […]

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Catwoman: Hunted

By | Feb 9, 2022 | Movies, Reviews

After nearly 15 years of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, Catwoman finally has her own feature solo film, and it’s an anime movie co-starring Batwoman no less, directed by Shinsuke Terasawa from a script by Young Justice co-creator Greg Weisman. Like many animated DTV DC films, it’s a slightly undercooked, 80-minute affair, but still enough […]

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Lupin III: The First

By | Jan 17, 2022 | Movies, Reviews

Contrary to its title, it is neither an origin story for the gentleman thief nor is it even set particularly far back in his continuity. Instead, it is referring to what the film is i.e. the first of its kind: a fully computer-animated Lupin III film.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home

By | Dec 20, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Smashing box office records, even by pre-COVID standards, it seems like everyone in the U.S. will have seen this by the time this review goes live. What follows is a short spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: No Way Home limited to the stuff you’ve seen in trailers. After the break, however, is a full-on spoiler-filled review […]

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The Summit of the Gods

By | Dec 13, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Le Sommet des Dieux is a French/Luxembourgian animated film adaptation of the Japanese manga 神々の山嶺 (Kamigami no Itadaki) by Jiro Taniguchi, which I watched with an English dub produced by its American distributor Netflix. It focuses on a mountaineering magazine photographer named Fukumachi on the hunt for famed Everest scaler George Mallory’s fabled lost camera, […]

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

By | Nov 22, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Five-and-a-half years ago, Paul Feig directed an all-female Ghostbusters reboot, which included the original surviving cast in cameo roles as new characters. Afterlife, which was greenlit after its predecessor proved to be a box office disappointment, is a thoroughly different beast: helmed by Jason Reitman, the son of original director Ivan Reitman himself, it centers […]

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Eternals

By | Nov 10, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

This will be a spoiler-free review. The latest film out of Marvel Studios is Eternals, which had a lot of hype and even more questions about who these new characters are to join the MCU or what they are doing on Earth in the first place. The movie’s premise is a group of immortal beings […]

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Dune

By | Oct 26, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

After what seems like years of speculation and waiting, the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is finally upon us. Dune is one of those titles that seems to always show up on lists of impossible or difficult to film, and boy have there have been attempts. French filmmaker, Alejandro Jodorowsky, notoriously tried and failed to adapt […]

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Injustice

By | Oct 20, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Normally after watching an abysmal failure like Injustice the question of “why” comes up. Why does this exist? The economic logic that satisfies this question fails to completely explain the shortcomings of this film but begins shine a light on them. To put the question of quality aside for a second, it makes all the […]

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage

By | Oct 6, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

The first Venom appeared to have been released from a time capsule dated 2005. Here was a superhero film that outside of leads Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams had none of the pretense or associated quality that has developed around the genre in the past decade and a half. It had a titular single by […]

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No Time to Die

By | Oct 6, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

No Time to Die, the 25th official James Bond movie, is a film with a lot to prove: it’s been six years since Spectre (meaning it’s been nine since the last good film, Skyfall), and the world has changed greatly in the meantime, meaning the pressure on Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing to be […]

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Ninjababy

By | Sep 21, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

Based on Inga H. Sætre’s graphic novel “Fallteknikk (Fall Technique),” Ninjababy is a Norwegian comedy-drama that tells the hilarious and poignant story of Rakel Pedersen (Kristine Kujath Thorp), a graphic design school dropout who discovers she is six months pregnant. Too late to have an abortion, Rakel looks for someone who can adopt the sneaky […]

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