Spider-Man and the Human Struggle: The Emotional Brilliance of Sam Raimi’s Trilogy
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Spider-Man and the Human Struggle: The Emotional Brilliance of Sam Raimi’s Trilogy

Spider-Man is a duality. You’d think an awkward, gangly wallflower of a science geek acquiring bullet-time reflexes, herculean strength, acrobatic agility, and a sixth sense…

How “The Godfather Saga” Ruined the Corleone Story
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How “The Godfather Saga” Ruined the Corleone Story

Chronology is overrated. The Godfather Saga is an official TV special produced by Francis Ford Coppola and edited by Barry Malkin. It smashes together scenes…

“Geostorm” (2017): The Best Movie Ever Made (Review)
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“Geostorm” (2017): The Best Movie Ever Made (Review)

I was wrong. I have spent my entire life being wrong about everything. Wrong on movies, wrong on politics, wrong on life; my twelve steps…

“The Foreigner” (2017): A Vince Flynn Novel in Motion (Review)
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“The Foreigner” (2017): A Vince Flynn Novel in Motion (Review)

The Foreigner is a thriller made effective by the simplest conceit. Most of the film is spent in the perspective of the villains who are…

“Blade Runner 2049 (2017): Witnessing a Miracle (Review)
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“Blade Runner 2049 (2017): Witnessing a Miracle (Review)

How do you make a sequel to the paradoxically most widely celebrated cult classic of all time? How do you continue a story that, after…

“Logan Lucky” (2017): Homegrown Affectation (Review)
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“Logan Lucky” (2017): Homegrown Affectation (Review)

It’s poetry that I saw Logan Lucky shortly after seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Both are cinematic odd ducks – works of sly populism that…

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017): Implausible Genius (Review)
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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017): Implausible Genius (Review)

I once heard it argued that Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar only work as a duo because Vaughn satirizes Millar the way Paul Verhoeven satirizes…

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 Did Not Jump the Shark
2017

“Game of Thrones” Season 7 Did Not Jump the Shark

It jumped the shark years ago and became a Flea Bottom dweller’s Tolkien/Meyer. That’s why Season 7 exists as it is. A lot of internet…

“Dunkirk” (2017): Time as Anguish Incarnate (Review)
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“Dunkirk” (2017): Time as Anguish Incarnate (Review)

In war, no enemy is as fearsome as time. With Dunkirk, writer/director Christopher Nolan stresses this truism through an intense, enveloping, and rattling cinematic experience…

“War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017): Good Efforts in a Less than Great Film (Review)
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“War for the Planet of the Apes” (2017): Good Efforts in a Less than Great Film (Review)

When nature seems to predestine toward a fate, is there any room for nurture? War for the Planet of the Apes mounts an impressive Biblical…