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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    In Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Tests America.
    Nostalgia for ’80s pop and the U.S. military counter Hollywood orthodoxy.

    The timing of the Top Gun: Maverick sequel couldn’t be stranger. Delayed by the Covid lockdown, it greets a comic-book movie audience that wasn’t even born when the first “I feel the need / the need for speed” movie opened in 1986 and cemented Tom Cruise’s stardom. The action-movie franchise features military guts, glory, and ingenuity that run counter to Hollywood’s support…

  • Something Wild

    Something Wild

    The Great Movie Taste Test: which is Ray Liotta's one great role and great film? Something Wild or GoodFellas?

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Despite repeated requests of six separate publicists, Warners and Sunshine Sachs declined to show me a prerelease screener of and denied me press access to Justice League. Readers may decide whether this insult is from fecklessness, incompetence or more nefarious reasons.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder’s Restored Grand Vision.
    He’s remaking our moral need into more than comic-book stuff.

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League (that’s the complete title) differs significantly from the 2017 film Justice League, a project Snyder began that was mutilated when Warner Brothers assigned Joss Whedon to rework it. Through the confluence of venal corporate interference, a rare instance of public outcry about the movie business (the online demand #ReleaseTheSnyderCut), and the opportunity to jump-start the new streaming service HBO Max, Snyder…