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Review: War for the Planet of the Apes

I’ll just go ahead and say it: War for the Planet of the Apes is the smartest movie to come out this summer, and arguably one of this year’s best. It’s a story rooted in choice and consequence, where every action drives

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Review: Alien: Covenant

Ridley Scott’s Alien is a bona fide masterpiece. Released back in 1979, it was a harmonious marriage between sci-fi and horror. Along with Blade Runner in 1982, Scott essentially shaped contemporary sci-fi cinema. His depiction of the future was a bleak, claustrophobic dystopia. But

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Review: Porter Robinson & Madeon’s Shelter

Recently, Porter Robinson and Madeon (with Robotaki) went on tour for their newest single, Shelter. They’ve also released an animated music video that was trending on YouTube back in October. There’s not much to say about it lyrically; it’s a song about

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Review: Rogue One

Where should I begin with Rogue One? Popular opinion suggests that the film is both good and bad. Often simultaneously. The movie’s strengths are offset by a multitude of weaknesses. With throwbacks to old characters and use of retroactive continuity, Rogue One’s goals aren’t

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Review: Arrival

I should preface this review by saying that Arrival is a smart movie. The plot is a clever brain teaser, playing with flashbacks and flash-forwards in a twisting, unpredictable narrative. Director Denis Villeneuve constantly challenges his audience, refusing to give us an

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Review: Doctor Strange

It’s easy to take sorcery in cinema for granted. Magic is a fickle plot device; when used improperly, it can cause a story to fall apart. When used skillfully, however, magic can be immersive in fantastic ways. It’s all about execution,

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The force is strong with Star Wars, and I’m not talking about the filmmaking. The franchise has been around for decades, making billions of dollars in movies, games and toys. Its cultural impact is immense; even if you don’t like Star Wars, our entire

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