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  • Insidious: Chapter 3

    Insidious: Chapter 3

    ★★★

    Now that three INSIDIOUS features have been released into the wild (so far), it’s apparent that the most eccentric aspect of the series as a whole is how defiantly different each chapter is from its fellows, at least in terms of the story structure and rhythm. Whatever its merits and flaws, the franchise certainly hasn’t relied on a formula. Where some horror sequels are content to replicate the original film’s story beat-for-beat with mild changes in window dressing, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER…

  • The Green Inferno

    The Green Inferno

    ★★★½

    It’s tempting to dismiss Eli Roth’s THE GREEN INFERNO as little more than a horror enthusiast’s tasteless homage to the Italian cannibal films of the 1970s and 1980s, with a dollop of gleeful hippie-bashing thrown in for flavor. Like that of its antecedents, the marketing for INFERNO promises grisly acts of violence perpetrated on hapless captives by an isolated, indigenous tribe. Roth’s film adds a twist of cosmic irony: Said victims are idealistic college students who originally traveled into the…

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Big Hollywood Movies don't resolve themselves with big-ass, unabashed Deux Ex Machina endings anymore, and there's a part of me that thinks that's a shame.

    Review forthcoming after embargo.

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    Definitely the best Marvel movie in the DC Extended Universe.

    Cons: Dodgy CGI. Yet another Superhero Origin Story, not much different from the 20 previous Superhero Origin Stories.

    Pros: Amazons. Lasso of Truth. Zack Snyder-style speed ramping used to wonderful effect. Gal Gadot in 1918 men's clothes. Gal Gadot in the Wonder Woman outfit. Gal Gadot deflecting artillery shells with her bracers. Gal Gadot.