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Josep

By | Jan 26, 2021 | Movies, Reviews

French cartoonist Aurel’s feature-length directorial debut, Josep, tells the story of Josep Bartolí (1910 – 1995), a Catalan illustrator and painter who was interned in France after the Spanish Civil War. Running a scant 75 minutes, the animated film covers his years in France until the Nazi occupation and his escape to Mexico, as well […]

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Wonder Woman 1984

By | Dec 28, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

It’s the most high profile of 2020 film releases to go the video-on-demand route, and set the precedent for WarnerMedia to move all their 2021 releases to a simultaneous theater and video-on-demand release on HBO Max. But will that be Wonder Woman 1984‘s legacy? Please note there will be spoilers throughout this review. If given […]

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Unknown Origins

By | Sep 1, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

Based on his own prose novel of the same name, director David Galán Galindo’s Unknown Origins (Orígenes secretos in its native Spain) is a new comedy thriller on Netflix, that follows hard-nosed detective David Valentin (Javier Rey), and slobby comic book retailer Jorge Elias (Brays Efe), as they team up to solve a series of […]

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The New Mutants

By | Aug 31, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

Since the COVID-19 pandemic came to the United States I have reviewed two other films based on comic book properties. First there was Bloodshot at the start of the present crisis and the films shift to be among the first films to try a premium video on demand release. After that was the sudden appearance […]

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Random Acts of Violence

By | Aug 24, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

Random Acts of Violence, fittingly, came out of nowhere. Until about a month ago I didn’t know the Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti comic had been adapted and now it is streaming on the horror themed service Shudder. Even more surprising is who was a primary force behind the film, Jay Baruchel, who: directed, co-wrote, […]

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Animal Crackers

By | Jul 27, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

In 2017, Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus had their final performance. I have no nostalgia for the circus, only going once when I was an adult, but even then you could tell that things were beginning to end for that particular brand of entertainment. There were a lot of factors that led to […]

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Radioactive

By | Jul 21, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

“Persepolis” creator Marjane Satrapi’s latest film, Radioactive, stars Rosamund Pike as pioneering French physicist/chemist Marie Curie, and releases on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, July 24. Based on Lauren Redniss’s 2010 graphic novel “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout,” it is a bafflingly chaotic portrayal of Curie’s life that somehow […]

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The Old Guard

By | Jul 13, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

The Old Guard is an exercise in one-track filmmaking; it has one great concept which it does justice to, only to leave everything on the periphery shallow and predictable. It’s not a boring movie and it isn’t a bad film, but it’s probably not going to take you by surprise at all. The central quirk […]

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Valhalla

By | Jun 30, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

Directed by Fenar Ahmad (Darkland), Valhalla is a Danish film adaptation of the Carlsen Comics series created by Peter Madsen and Henning Kure in 1979. A gritty yet family-friendly take on Norse mythology, the movie focuses on Røskva (Cecilia Loffredo), a young farm girl who goes to Asgard to rescue her brother Tjalfe (Saxo Molthke-Leth), […]

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Extraction

By | Apr 28, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

Adapted from the graphic novel “Ciudad” written by Ande Parks and the Russo Bros. with art by Fernando León González, Extraction provides a surprisingly solid turn by Chris Hemsworth and a good example of what strong action storytelling looks like all the while falling into a pit of hollow and problematic narrative cliches. With how […]

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The Image Revolution

By | Apr 27, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

As we continue our celebration of the founding of Image Comics, we take a look at a documentary from Sequart and Respect Films detailing the founding of the publisher that aimed to be more than a publisher, but a place where creators could really flourish as entrepreneurs. Every creative type wants to avoid the Siegel […]

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Bloodshot

By | Mar 25, 2020 | Movies, Reviews

After watching Bloodshot, the film adaptation of the Valiant comic of the same name, I could see various angles and things to poke the film with. There is how the film is steeped in a layered articulation of genre, even if the film isn’t as clever as it thinks it is. On a formal level […]

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Terminator: Dark Fate

By | Oct 29, 2019 | Movies, Reviews

This is a spoiler-free review. After the disappointment of Terminator Salvation and the cancellation of the Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, it seemed the Terminator franchise was destined to remain a cash grab for Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, Terminator: Dark Fate, which at long last sees the return of creator James Cameron and Linda Hamilton as […]

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

By | Jul 3, 2019 | Movies, Reviews

About 3 months after the Endgame, and before it even leaves theaters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to the big screens with Spider-Man: Far From Home the second solo Tom Holland Spider-man film. With the cumulative weight of the MCU behind it, a surprising inter media conglomerate business arrangement, and the pretense of commercial art, […]

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix

By | Jun 6, 2019 | Movies, Reviews

The X-Men Cinematic Universe has been uneven over the years.  Films that focus on singular characters, such as Wolverine and Deadpool, see some of the greatest successes in the franchise. On the flip side, the ensemble films such as X-Men: First Class have had mixed reviews. With a focus on Jean Grey rather than the […]

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Avengers: Endgame

By | Apr 23, 2019 | Movies, Reviews

Before I begin, two quick notes: this review will be spoiler free and, at least at the premiere and my press screening, there were no mid/after credits scenes. Since the snap heard ’round the world hit a year ago tomorrow, people have been wondering how Marvel Studios was going to follow up Avengers: Infinity War. […]

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Hellboy

By | Apr 22, 2019 | Movies, Reviews

The 2019 Hellboy film is inexplicable. But we’re here to figure it out, so I’m going to do my best. It’s a reboot, disconnected from the cult classic films by Guillermo del Toro. This film is arriving in a world chock full of comic book adaptations, smack dab between a SHAZAM movie and the 22nd […]

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Shazam!

By | Mar 25, 2019 | Movies, Reviews

In this modern sea of superhero content, it is a little surprising that one as historically important (both in terms of comics and the superhero as a multimedia figure) as the original Captain Marvel, now known as Shazam, hadn’t received the big screen treatment again, until now. Even before Man of Steel it wasn’t like […]

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