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Movie Review: Atomic Blonde

Review by Rob Vaux Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones and John Goodman Directed by: David Leitch Running time: 115 Minutes   There’s a very cool movie somewhere inside Atomic Blonde. It just doesn’t come out often enough. Slick spy thrillers with this particular tone don’t come along very often – balancing gritty thrills against more stylish …

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Today in Movie History: July 28

Three big movies today, and I’m choosing to start with Animal House, the seminal frat-house comedy that unleashed a torrent of raunchy imitators, none of which had one-tenth of its iconoclasm, wit or gut-busting ability to make us laugh over and over again. Its credentials are unimpeachable, from director John Landis to writers Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman to a fantastic ensemble …

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Movies for the Resistance: Dunkirk

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …

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Free Fire: Blu-Ray Review

Review by: Robert Trate Starring: Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Brie Larson Written by: Amy Jump (screenplay), Ben Wheatley (screenplay) Directed by: Ben Wheatley Original Year of Release: 2017 Run Time: 90 minutes Rated: R The trailer for Free Fire is what hooked me. An illegal deal, for whatever reason, goes horribly wrong. In a lot of ways, I was hoping that the …

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Today in Movie History: July 14

I’m going to start with the X-Men, less because of what their debut onscreen adventure achieves in and of itself than what it heralded for the future of movies. Marvel Comics adaptations had been mired in direct-to-video mediocrity for decades, and while Wesley Snipes’ Blade was the first of their heroes to achieve mainstream movie success, he was more of an …

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Movies for the Resistance: The Godfather Part II

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …

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Today in Movie History: July 7

You know that moment when you look at the column and seriously consider opening it with Species? We’re at that moment now… and we’re resisting. Instead, we’ll start with A Scanner Darkly, Richard Linklater’s rotoscoping animation exercise in pure paranoia that may finally have nailed what Philip K. Dick was talking about in all those stories Hollywood insists on adapting. …

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Movies for the Resistance: X-Men — Days of Future Past

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …