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“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018): Action Figured Out (Review)

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout” (2018): Action Figured Out (Review)

In just about every single action scene, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is asked how he’s supposed to do something. His reply: “I’ll figure it out.”…

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018): Little Moments, No Big Picture (Review)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018): Little Moments, No Big Picture (Review)

Ant-Man and the Wasp doesn’t have a central villain. It is kept from greatness largely for this reason. Sure, there are “bad guys” who have…

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (2010) (Episodes 8-10): Ilithyia in the House (TV Review)

“Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (2010) (Episodes 8-10): Ilithyia in the House (TV Review)

For recaps of Episodes 1-3, click here. For recaps of Episodes 4-7, click here. The second half of Spartacus: Blood and Sand is better than…

“The Incredibles 2” (2018): A Super Family Reunion

“The Incredibles 2” (2018): A Super Family Reunion

There’s something about this movie that bothers me. It’s not a flaw per se, nor an issue that reveals some kind of rot or wrongheadedness…

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018): Shooting Itself First (Review)

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018): Shooting Itself First (Review)

There’s a moment in Solo: A Star Wars Story where a character who had previously chewed out our main character for improvising and thereby not…

The Cinematic Constructions of Steven Spielberg: Films We Disagree With

The Cinematic Constructions of Steven Spielberg: Films We Disagree With

The following article is subjective, deeply personal, and politically charged in ways that are sure to upset at least one person. I hope you’ll consider…

“Avengers: Infinity War” (2018): The Thanos Imperative (Review)

“Avengers: Infinity War” (2018): The Thanos Imperative (Review)

At some point all of this is going to stop working. Plenty of movies have a hard enough time getting one character right, let alone…

“Ready Player One” (2018): Life Affirmation In the Oasis (Review)

“Ready Player One” (2018): Life Affirmation In the Oasis (Review)

This review is written by someone who didn’t read the book, and didn’t need to in order to love the movie. Movies don’t speak to…

“Pacific Rim Uprising” (2018): Soulless, Superficial, yet Still Fun (Review)

“Pacific Rim Uprising” (2018): Soulless, Superficial, yet Still Fun (Review)

Pacific Rim is my favorite film by Guillermo del Toro. It was my #3 favorite movie of 2013. I co-founded a gaming clan named after…

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part III – Meta Movie Magic

The Cinematic Constructions of Christopher Nolan: Part III – Meta Movie Magic

Part II was a little on the heavy side given the talk of Memento and Inception – their deepest meanings and ideas. For Part III…