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  • Anthropoid



    For a good portion of Sean Ellis’ Anthropoid, it felt like just another World War II movie. As horrendous as it may sound, I found myself thinking, “Do we really need another standard World War II movie?” Of course, exploring the bloodiest and most complex war in human history has led to some of the best movies ever made. But, 70 years and hundreds of war movies later, is there anything new to say? Or has the war simply become…

  • Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke


    Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke is practically a hallowed text in the Batman universe. His one-off laid the groundwork for the Joker being taken seriously as one of the most complex villains in the history of comics. Since then, we’ve seen the character become darker and more lethal; a man whose insanity seems to be deeply rooted in a philosophy of nihilism. The Joker has become a larger than life figure in general pop culture, appearing on television, video games,…

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  • Demolition



    Jean-Marc Vallee’s DEMOLITION is a movie of such unrelenting quirkiness that all other character beats, story milestones, or emotional tones that it might be attempting are pushed violently aside, leaving the audience with a collection of gimmicks that call themselves a movie. At every turn, the film’s insufferable preciousness made me roll my eyes, grit my teeth, and desperately wish I was doing something else. After watching the film, I had to sit in L.A. traffic for an hour, but…

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse


    An odd thing has happened. While everybody was concerned about Batman fighting Superman and the Marvel heroes engaging in a Civil War, Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn were quietly re-energizing the flagging X-Men series. With the decent X-MEN: FIRST CLASS acting as a soft reboot and the effective X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST passing the torch from the older generation of performers to the new, the series has been revitalized. Of course, it seems strange to consider this a small…