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Review: THE LION KING Returns, Without Spoilers

Jon Faverau's photo-realistic remake stars Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogan and more.

Review: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Scratches The Superhero Itch

Heads up: This review contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. The first post-Endgame Marvel film attempts to lighten the somber mood created by that film's very heavy character work by sending Tom Holland's Spider-Man on an international school trip designed to...

Blu-ray Review: BLUE VELVET, Food for the Gods of Film

David Lynch is one of our greatest living American filmmakers. He's not only a master director, but a writer, musician and lyricist, and painter. Having started at art school(s) and shorts, his first feature film was the mighty weird Eraserhead....

Blu-ray Review: The Fun Never Ends in NIGHT OF THE CREEPS

Anyone who knows me well knows that I count Night of the Creeps among my favorite movies of all time. It's weird as hell, funny, creepy, campy, and utterly engrossing. It's Fred Dekker's (The Monster Squad, RoboCop 3) first film, and it's finally...

Review: MIDSOMMAR Presents An Idyllic Nightmare In Broad Daylight

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the trees are dancing in the breeze, and everything in Dani's life is about to go to hell. Somebody may need to pay for some therapy for Midsommar director, Ari Aster. In...

Now on Home Video: Recent Kino Studio Classics

A spate of recent releases from Kino Studio Classics has left me feeling that continuing to collect physical media is still a good decision. The reason? Besides the extras featuring crew, cast and noted scholars and historians these discs have...

Review: MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL Is Forgettable Fluff From Outer Space

The fourth in the hugely profitable - and fun - Men In Black series, Men In Black: International takes the duty to protect Earth from nefarious space aliens to Europe, introducing a new pair of leads and a whole new...

Review: DARK PHOENIX, Lightly Entertaining

Sophie Turner is the focus of Simon Kinberg's directorial debut as the X-Men saga comes to a conclusion (again).

Review: ROCKETMAN Takes Flight

Elton John biopic blasts Taron Egerton into the star-making stratosphere.

Review: GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, The Biggest Monster Bash of the Year

Michael Dougherty directs the latest installment of the original kaiju franchise.


We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah.  The Beatles have been such  beloved entrenched cultural giants for so long that many a music fan takes them for granted.  Likewise, many a cinephile has long ago reached the point of taking Robert...

Review: JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM, An Exhilarating Exercise In Violence As Art

I'll be the first to admit that I was among the minority who felt a little let down by the second part of the John Wick saga. At the time, I was a bit underwhelmed by the series' decision to...

Review: TOLKIEN, Portrait of a Slowly Boring Talent

Nicholas Hoult stars with Lily Collins in a biographical drama about the writer's younger years, directed by Dome Karukoski.

Review: POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU, Big Budget Fan Service That Will Confound N00bz

I'm getting (slightly) too old for this shit. I graduated from high school in 1997, a few years before Poké-Mania swept North America and ultimately became one of Japan's most popular cultural exports. Pokémon, the brainchild of Tajiri Satoshi, in...

Review: THE INTRUDER, Defining a Fun Ride

Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Dennis Quaid star in Deon Taylor's home invasion thriller.

Blu-ray Review: Kazan's Dystopian A FACE IN THE CROWD Is Here!

While I do not own a 4K Blu-ray player, it’s hard to imagine Criterion’s new release of Elia Kazan’s A Face In The Crowd looking any crisper. Its very timely 2019 arrival into the Criterion collection feels almost coincidental given...

Review: AVENGERS: ENDGAME. It Is Inevitable.

Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are gunning to avenge the Infinity War.

Review: FAST COLOR, Superpowers Are Not Enough

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in Julia Hart's dramatic new film, which asks significant questions in quiet, often mesmerizing fashion.

Review: This HELLBOY May Be Fresh Out Of The Inferno, But He's Still Half-Baked

Neil Marshall directs David Harbour and Milla Jovovich in this comic reboot.

Blu-ray Review: DETOUR is Sublime Film Restoration

Recently released by Criterion, Detour is --- from what I understand --- a criminally underseen, Poverty Row film noir. I was pleased to see the restoration on the big screen at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA shortly before receiving...