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  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★½

    One of rock’s most campy and opulent stars gets a suitably campy and opulent biopic. While it doesn’t always hit the rights notes, for anyone who is at least faintly a fan of Elton John and his music, there’s plenty to love about Rocketman.

    Following the lukewarm reception of Bohemian Rhapsody (especially in the way it sanitized a real life story and flattened a complex main character) I was nervous about the release of this film, to say the least.…

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★

    Given his proclivity for dark humor, and the fact that he starred in the original film, there seemed to be no better director to helm the new Predator film than Shane Black. Pair that with an absolutely wonderful, diverse cast and on paper, it feels like The Predator could have been a knock out of the park. Yet, this is one of those rare films that amounts to less than the sum of its parts.

    Shane Black is known for…

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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★½

    Expect less Lady Bird and more Superbad.

    High school party films are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. It seems like every weekend Netflix releases some kind of new teen comedy, most of which are entirely vapid and forgettable. It feels like teen raunch comedy has run its course. Yet against all odds, Olivia Wilde and company have managed to make one of the most endearing and gut-bustlingly hilarious high school comedies to be released in years, thanks to assured…

  • Cruel Intentions

    Cruel Intentions

    ½

    Imagine if a Hollywood studio made The Room, and then sucked away all the charm and joy from it, and you’d be left with this dud of a film. While it certainly has attained its own cult status, there’s really no way to defend any of its creative or artistic merits.

    First things first, Cruel Intentions has an absolutely ludicrous screenplay. It’s supposedly based off of the 18th century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, but this is the furthest thing…