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Copppla Delivers The Best Version of His Flawed Masterwork

The moment the familiar strains of Nino Rota’s Godfather theme start to play, it instantly envelopes the viewer in the new experience that is The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. Famed master Francis Ford Coppola has not only recut the third film in the franchise, he’s changed some scenes that have stood for

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Chadwick Boseman Earns Best Actor Oscar in Powerful Final Performance

Chadwick Boseman’s final performance is a blistering, tour de force coda to his luminous career. He and co-star Viola Davis lead a superb ensemble in Netflix’s adaptation of playwright’s August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The film takes place in 1927 over the course of a tumultuous day at a steamy Chicago music studio. It

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A Stark & Poetic Portrayal of Poverty in America

Nomadland is a stark and hauntingly poetic portrayal of poverty in America. It is perhaps the most pertinent film of our desperate economic times. Based on the book by journalist Jessica Bruder, Nomadland follows a lonely widower after the 2011 collapse of the United States Gypsum Company in Empire, Nevada. The town was abandoned and

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Pixar Delivers Another Animated Masterpiece

Pixar achieves animation greatness once more with a beautifully uplifting and creative film. Soul will make your heart soar. The story of a jazz musician’s journey into the afterlife is sublimely inspirational. It touches so many aspects of the human experience without being melodramatic or depressing. Soul reminds us that the joy of life is

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Funny & Entertaining Sequel Delights This Thanksgiving

The Croods return to theaters in a funnier and more entertaining sequel. The Croods: A New Age has the CGI prehistoric family searching for a new home. They find another family living in a resplendent paradise, but soon learn that everyone is not welcome with open arms. Each character gets a moment in the spotlight

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Guy Pearce Is Brilliant in World War II Art Mystery

Guy Pearce is brilliantly cunning and whimsical as a Dutch art dealer suspected of being a Nazi collaborator. The Last Vermeer tells the incredible true story of Han van Meegeren. A flamboyant narcissist who made a fortune during World War II, van Meegeren was quickly swept up in the Allied hunt for stolen works of

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Jackie Chan & Stanley Tong Disappoint in Bumbling CGI Spectacle

Jackie Chan and longtime collaborator Stanley Tong strike out miserably in their seventh film together. Vanguard is a bumbling CGI spectacle with a ludicrous plot, terrible acting, and strained nationalistic themes. The fight scenes are decently choreographed, but lost in the barrage of cartoonish gun violence. The film elicits minor chuckles with fleeting moments of

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Vince Vaughn & Kathryn Newton Are Hilarious in Body-Swap Slasher Comedy

Freaky is a teen slasher comedy that blends multiple classic genre storylines. It takes the body switching premise of Freaky Friday, then combines it with the bloody carnage of Prom Night and Scream. It pokes fun at generic horror tropes and stereotypical characters with a cleverer than expected script. Vince Vaughn is hilarious as a

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Mel Gibson Offers a Twisted Take on Santa

Fatman offers a decidedly dark and twisted take on the holiday season. Christmas cheer is replaced by an evil kid, ruthless assassin, and a beleaguered Santa Claus with a budget deficit. The film is being marketed as a bleak action comedy, but is a surprisingly thoughtful satire. Fatman reflects the worst instincts of modern times.

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Rival Grandmothers Face-Off in Neo-Western Thriller

Rival grandmothers fight for the custody of their grandson in a slow-burn, neo-western thriller. Let Him Go builds simmering tension until an explosion of graphic violence. The film takes the time to establish serious character depth before throwing its leads off the deep end. The pacing gets a bit sluggish, but revs up for the

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