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Skyscraper - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on July 11, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Through a critical lens, “Skyscraper” is admittedly an insanely dumb movie. The premise is ripped off from countless other action and disaster flicks, most notably “Die Hard” and “The Towering Inferno.” The story is only slightly less preposterous as Dwayne Johnson’s last two films, “Rampage” a...

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The First Purge - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on July 4, 2018 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (1)

It might sound crazy, but “The Purge” movies have become usually relevant in today’s unpredictable political climate. They’re still preposterous and could never happen in real life, but the idea of all crime being legalized for 12 hours seems more probable today than it did five years ago. That be...
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Leave No Trace - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on June 26, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

From “The Hurt Locker,” to “American Sniper,” to “Thank You for Your Service,” we’ve gotten a lot of recent films that explore the side effects of war. “Leave No Trace” is one of the most unique movies to tackle such subject matter. The film has no footage of military combat. Act...

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on June 20, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The original “Jurassic Park” was such an exciting, quotable, and rewatchable blockbuster that it would’ve been crazy for Universal not to build a franchise around it. After the disappointments of “The Lost World” and “Jurassic Park III,” however, it seemed like there wasn’t much left to do with this fran...

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Ocean's 8 - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on June 8, 2018 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Your enjoyment of “Ocean’s 8” will entirely rely on how much your you liked Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s” trilogy. If you couldn’t get enough of the previous three films and have been yearning for more, you can bet on having a good time here. If you’re officially Ocean-end out, this sequel/soft revival probably won’t offer many surprises. While safe and fairly ...

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First Reformed - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on May 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Over four decades ago, Paul Schrader forever changed cinema when he wrote “Taxi Driver.” While Martin Scorsese’s direction often soaks up most of the credit, Schrader deserves just as much recognition for crafting one of the 20th century’s most gripping character studies. “First Reformed,” which Schrader both wrote and directed, has the esse...

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Solo: A Star Wars Story - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on May 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

There have been amazing “Star Wars” movies like “The Empire Strikes Back,” awful “Star Wars” movies like “The Phantom Menace,” and even divisive “Star Wars” movies like “The Last Jedi.” Now we get “Solo,” the first “Star War...

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Deadpool 2 - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on May 15, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In an oversaturated superhero movie market, the original “Deadpool” stood out with its self-aware sense of humor and unapologetic R-rating. “Deadpool 2” is essentially more of the same. That’s not at all a bad thing, as the film ultimately delivers exactly what we want: more over-the-top violence, more gr...

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Life of the Party - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on May 10, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Melissa McCarthy movies tend to go in one of two ways. If it’s directed by Paul Feig, we’ll probably get an instant comedy classic like “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” or “Spy.” If it’s directed by Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s real-life husband, we’ll get something mostly mediocre like “Tammy” or “T...

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Truth or Dare - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on April 12, 2018 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

“Truth or Dare” starts off with an intriguing, if not brilliant, premise: a game of truth or dare where lives are on the line. Throw in a capable cast and a fairly well-plotted screenplay, and you should have an all-around enjoyable horror flick. Unfortunately, the filmmakers simply don’t take full advantage of the concept at hand. There are ideas here that were tailor-made for a classic s...

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