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Movie Review: Alien: Covenant

Movie Review: Alien: Covenant

mag813 May 11, 2017 0

Warning: mild plot spoilers ahead for the upcoming summer film Alien: Covenant, though we plan to focus more on the overall Alien sci-fi franchise and some of the science depicted in the movie. So,

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Movie Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2’

Movie Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2’

mag813 May 4, 2017 0

To clear the record, I liked “Guardians of the Galaxy” quite a lot. The fact that I didn’t love it as much as some should be noted going into this review of the sequel.

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Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island

mag813 March 8, 2017 0

I went into the opening of Kong: Skull Island with something of a prediction in mind. Given that the most vociferous public complaints about Gareth Edwards’ 2014 take on Godzilla were … well, the

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Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

Movie Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

mag813 February 8, 2017 0

Perhaps the greatest compliment you can pay to both John Wick movies is via comparison to a contemporary: John Wick films are to guns what The Raid films are to fists. Within their respective

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Movie Review: Split

Movie Review: Split

mag813 January 19, 2017 0

Split is the film adaptation of M. Night Shyamalan’s misunderstanding of 30-year-old, since-discredited psychology textbooks on Dissociative Identity Disorder, but if we deign to treat it with scientific scrutiny, we’ll be here all night.

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Movie Review: ‘The Accountant’

Movie Review: ‘The Accountant’

mag813 October 13, 2016 0

Maybe you’ve seen trailers for “The Accountant,” which feature Ben Affleck alternating between brooding like a bad ass and sticking up for pocket protectors. “Who is he?” someone asks. “The Accountant.” “Like CPA accountant?”

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Movie Review: ‘Snowden’

Movie Review: ‘Snowden’

mag813 September 14, 2016 0

In one of the final scenes of Oliver Stone’s fact-based drama “Snowden,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s on-screen version of NSA leaker Edward Snowden appears before an auditorium full of people to deliver an impassioned defense of his

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Movie Review: Morgan

Movie Review: Morgan

mag813 August 30, 2016 0

There’s nothing inherently wrong with telling a story that’s been told before. Every fictional story is a “What if?” and some of those what-ifs naturally play off earlier what-ifs, and take them in different

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Movie Review: Lights Out

Movie Review: Lights Out

mag813 July 14, 2016 0

David F. Sandberg makes his directorial debut in this horror film from the same studio that brought “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” which I reviewed in this article. James Wan was the director

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Movie Review: The Neon Demon

Movie Review: The Neon Demon

mag813 June 24, 2016 0

From the very beginning of Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, the protagonist, Jesse (Elle Fanning) is willing to sell herself to whoever’s buying. “I’m pretty, and I can make money off pretty,” she

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