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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★½

    THE MITCHELLS VS THE MACHINES has lots of great energy & visuals but it was all over the place & overstuffed. Made by parts of the creative team behind the terrifically witty GRAVITY FALLS, comparing the two highlights how the movie has issues with its comedic timing and pacing; at points they'll either overplay a lame comedy beat or rush through a good one. Moreover, the movie is unabashedly about celebrating weirdness, but its particular flavor of "curated weird" that is custom…

  • Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

    Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

    ★★★½

    Earlier today before the movie, I joked about where I was this exact day 10 years ago, when the death of Osama bin Laden was announced to the world (the punchline being that I am not at liberty to say). The reality is, knowing what I know, I can say other writers and film critics are wholly unqualified to tell me what is or is not military propaganda. Its not even a secret, election interference and all.

    They scoff at…

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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★

    An inverse Big Trouble In Little China with none of the charm, an over-serious Masters Of the Universe, a monument to the hubris of premature franchise building on par with the The Dark Universe.

    In truth, there are a number of solid pieces here (the cast commits to the bit, it looks gorgeous, THA GAWDS Hiroyuki Sanada & Joe Taslim) but the script is dead on arrival. More importantly, the action is there on paper/in choreography, but it is all framed…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★½

    Rather than dive into decades worth of kaiju lore, I approached this as a pulp/comic book/professional wrestling/title fight mashup -all things that the iconic monsters have influenced in some way- and from that standpoint this is an absolute knockout victory. Still, a gnawing issue of this series comes to a head here that depletes what is an otherwise pure cinematic joyride.

    There is certain criticism-proof threshold to films about giant monkeys and lizards, as well as a vast leeway regarding…