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It’s time to admit that Adam Sandler is a good actor

A new Adam Sandler movie arrives on Netflix this week. This is not a notable event; even the comedian’s aged base of die-hard fans may have grown accustomed to Sandler vehicles showing up in their living rooms with the same semi-clockwork regularity that they used to land in mall multiplexes—and leaning more heavily…

Weekend Box Office: The future looks bleak, in (and for) Blade Runner 2049

First, the good news: Blade Runner 2049 was the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend, and its $32.7 million debut was only about $100,000 shy of what the original made during its entire theatrical run back in 1982. But even if the good folks at Warner Bros. choose to see a glass half full, that glass can’t…

A new trailer and tickets for The Last Jedi are coming tomorrow

It has been almost six months since Disney and Lucasfilm released the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and while fans will still have to wait before they can see the next trailer, at least it won’t take too much longer. As announced today in a press release, a new Last Jedi trailer will be released tomorrow…

HBO’s Spielberg is a wide-ranging, but inessential portrait of one of America’s most popular artists   

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Edited from an unprecedented collection of talking-head interviews with the director and his friends, family, and creative collaborators, the new HBO documentary Spielberg offers a comprehensive career history of one of America’s defining popular artists. But what do its 145 minutes (an appropriately Spielberg-ian…

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn struggle to save Una from its adaptation missteps 

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Turning a play into a movie is often tricky business; there’s a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t risk to the undertaking. Based on Blackbird, by Scottish playwright David Harrower, Una somehow avoids neither of the seemingly antithetical, even mutually exclusive pitfalls of moving a story from stage to screen. A…

Like too many Scorsese imitations, Tom Cruise’s American Made wants for a worldview

Doug Liman and Tom Cruise, the director-actor team behind Edge Of Tomorrow (one of our favorite science-fiction movies of the last three-and-a-half-decades), have reunited for American Made, a years-spanning biopic about a real-life pilot who got drafted into both the CIA and a South American drug-smuggling operation.…

Universal pulls its Bride Of Frankenstein reboot from the schedule

In some bad news for the future of Universal’s Dark Universe, Deadline is reporting that the studio has pulled one of the series’ upcoming films—Bride Of Frankenstein—from its release schedule. Bill Condon is directing the movie, and it was supposed to start production in London in February, but Condon and Universal…

The Florida Project creates a beautiful blast of life on the economic edges of the Sunshine State

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It looks like a purple popsicle melting in the sun: a three-story motel, decked out with pastel towers and spires, where even the curbs lining the parking lot are painted a bubblegum lavender. This is the primary backdrop of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, and it’s a real place, tucked away on a strip of likeminded…

My Little Pony’s big movie release needs more sparkle

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To non-fans of the long-running My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic series, the show can’t look like much more than a multicolored, glorified toy commercial. This feeling is cemented for anyone who’s ever been assaulted by the MLP aisle at Target, with everything from Twilight Sparkle pajamas to a baby Rainbow Dash…

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The Fast And Furious beefs heat up again as Tyrese Gibson blames The Rock for delay

Yesterday, Universal announced that it was bumping Fast And Furious 9 (or whatever it will be called) from April of 2019 to April of 2020. At this point, the studio hasn’t confirmed anything about the movie, including who will direct it, other than that Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodgriguez are most likely returning. We…

The 35 best science-fiction movies since Blade Runner

The most widely admired science-fiction film to come out of the 1980s, Blade Runner reimagined the nocturnal, seductive, and pessimistic qualities of film noir and its ’70s derivative, neo-noir, for the paranoid cityscape of the future: a dark, rainy, multi-lingual Los Angeles where a detective in a trench coat trails…

Nicole Kidman to play LAPD detective in Karyn Kusama-directed crime thriller

According to Deadline, Nicole Kidman is set to star in a “modern Los Angeles crime thriller” from Girlfight director Karyn Kusama called Destroyer. Kidman will be playing LAPD detective Erin Bell, who goes on a “moral and existential odyssey” when the leader of a “cult-like gang” that she went undercover with years…

Arthouse icon Agnès Varda takes a wise and whimsical road trip in Faces Places

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Driving a box truck disguised as a giant camera, Agnès Varda and Jean “JR” René tour the French countryside in Faces Places, visiting farms, coal towns, factories, tiny cemeteries, and a toppled German bunker that sits like a Brutalist monument on a Norman beach. The odd couple pairing is almost too cute: the arthouse…

Fast And Furious 9 to dramatically crash through theaters in 2020

It looks like the next installment in the Fast And Furious series needs some more tinkering, as Universal has bumped it back from a tentative release date of April 19, 2019 to April 10, 2020. Even though it’s a year later, that will once again put the movie at the Easter weekend, where the series generally makes a ton…