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  • Life Itself

    Life Itself

    ★★

    It's a well-meaning disaster, but a disaster none the less. A complex concept about the human experience that just doesn't land.

  • The Wandering Earth

    The Wandering Earth

    ★★★★

    New to Netflix (at least in the US and Canada), The Wandering Earth makes apocalypse porn veterans like Michael Bay, Mimi Leder, and Maestro Roland Emmerich look like amateurs!

    Well, not really. But pretty damn close!

    At just over two hours in length, the film moves at a break-neck pace. It's exhilarating at every turn, with breathtaking visuals, satisfying character arcs, piles of entertainment.

    It's also completely batshit insane. The sun is dying, so in order to avoid being consumed…

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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★½

    We should be expecting more from genre film. Plot holes as wide as Kong is tall being the least of its problems, the characters are two-dimensional cardboard cutouts, and every frame is a poorly-edited trailer shot. It's fun at times, and if you turn your brain off it's OK. But we should expect more from our genre films. More than just entertainment that's passable if we forget about character, continuity, and plot.

  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

    ★★★★

    The found footage subgenre has seldom been so terrifying. Gather some friends, turn off the lights, and pay close attention. You may think you know what's coming, but this South Korean flick will defy your expectations at every nerve-rattling turn.