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12 Strong Review: A Well-Intentioned Tribute To Real Heroes

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12 Strong works as a tribute to the real-life American heroes who lived it, but is an overall generic war film without much substance.

The latest film from veteran Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, 12 Strong marks the feature film debut for director Nicolai Fuglsig. It tells the true story of a declassified mission from the outset of America’s war on terror, in which a small group of soldiers were among the first deployed to Afghanistan to fight back against the Taliban. Its primary aspiration is to raise awareness of this incredible moment in history by giving these brave men a moment in the spotlight for all to see. On that ...

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Phantom Thread Review: P.T. Anderson Weaves a Beautifully Twisted Yarn

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Phantom Thread is another gorgeous fever dream of a film by Anderson, with Day-Lewis’ powerhouse performance matched by his costar Vicky Krieps’ here.

P.T. Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis reunite in the period drama Phantom Thread, with ten years having now passed since the filmmaker and three time Oscar winning actor collaborated on the celebrated Upton Sinclar adaptation There Will Be Blood. Following his explorations of collective trauma and the rise of cultism in the aftermath of WWII in The Master, and the shift from 1960s counterculture to ’70s authoritarianism with his Thomas Pynchon adaptation Inherent Vice, Anderson turns his eye toward the London fashion scene of the mid-20th century for Phantom Thread. As with ...

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Hostiles Review: Life is Nasty & Brutish in Christian Bale’s Western

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Hostiles is grim and slow-burn to a fault in its deconstruction of the American West’s violent legacy, but strong performances keep the film on track.

A revisionist western based on an unused manuscript written by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Donald E. Stewart (Missing, The Hunt for Red October) prior to his death in 1999, Hostiles reunites Oscar-winner Christian Bale with his Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper. The latter made his name as a filmmaker with the 2009 country musician drama Crazy Heart (which landed Jeff Bridges his Academy Award), and further established himself as a storyteller interested in making mood/performance-driven fare with the dramatic thriller Out ...

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure Review – The Trilogy Ends With a Shrug

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure provides a satisfactory concluding chapter to the YA dystopian trilogy, and little else beyond action spectacle.

When The Maze Runner first arrived in theaters in 2014, it was amid the heyday of sci-fi dystopian action films based on young adult novels. The Hunger Games had found a great deal of success with its second installment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Divergent had just launched a film franchise that was expected to be the next hit. However, as The Hunger Games film series ran its course, and Divergent tanked before it could receive ...

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I, Tonya Review: Robbie & Janney Shine In Crazy True Story

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I, Tonya is a wild and entertaining exploration of one of sport’s most controversial figures, spearheaded by excellent performances from the cast.

I, Tonya is the latest film from director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night) and is based on the life of former U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. She is best known for her connection to a 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan, which aimed to injure Kerrigan’s leg so Harding could move up the national rankings. This biopic looks to shed light on the full picture surrounding this infamous event, including Harding’s tough upbringing and all of the fallout after “The ...

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