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Review: American Assassin

Silly, hyper-violent, and gleefully hateful, racist, and reactionary, American Assassin proves in every wrongheaded way possible that the Trump presidency is about to usher in a new era of godawful action movies that will probably be looked back upon fondly because of...

Review: It

Filmmaker Andy Muschietti’s crowd pleasing and overall terrifying adaptation of (half of) Stephen King’s gargantuan 1986 novel It is good enough to erase any trace of the unbalanced, scattershot 1990 made-for-television movie from the same source. Coming down tonally...

Review: Death Note

Adapting stories from manga has never been well done in North America. Death Note isn’t going to change that fact either. It’s not the condensing of the story that is even the biggest problem here. Death Note is simply not a good film from any angle, and...

Review: Birth of the Dragon

In 1964, before he was a kung-fu superstar, Bruce Lee (Philip Ng) was an up and coming actor in San Francisco, who also taught kung fu in Chinatown, with one of his students being Steve McKee (Billy Magnussen). When Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man (Xia Yu) arrives in San...

Review: The Glass Castle

Journalist Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir of her troubled childhood, The Glass Castle, was one of the biggest literary juggernauts of the aughts, so a big screen adaptation was probably a foregone conclusion. The cinematic depiction of Walls’ look back on life with an...

Review: The Dark Tower

While condensing several of bestselling author Stephen King’s most ambitious and iconic works into a single, slim motion picture that barely runs ninety minutes might give some fans of the horror and fantasy icon pause and raise the eyebrows of unfamiliar critics, the...