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Board the 'Bullet Train'

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Board the 'Bullet Train'

As much as I loved the creative and blood-spattered action sequences in David Leitch's wildly entertaining action-comedy Bullet Train, and as much as I appreciated the star-power lead performance by Brad Pitt, as well as the fantastic ensemble work from the greatly talented cast, what dazzled me the most was

'The Last Movie Stars'

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'The Last Movie Stars'

The first flickering images we see in the enthralling six-part HBO Max documentary series The Last Movie Stars are of Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid, riding across the lonely plains. We then hear the voice of actor Ethan Hawke, who directed this passion

'Nope' is a YES!

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'Nope' is a YES!

"What did you see?" "Something above the clouds that's big."  "How big?"  "Big." - Exchange between sister and brother in Nope.  Jordan Peele's masterfully audacious, wickedly funny and utterly outlandish sci-fi horror fable Nope is a classic example of a bold and original film that pays homage to a seemingly endless stream of great

'Black Bird'

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'Black Bird'

A very early scene in the intense and engrossing Apple TV+ limited series is set in the Chicago of November 1996, with Taron Egerton's macho, supremely self-confident Jimmy Keene manning the bar in his bachelor pad while his high school football buddies from Kankakee watch old footage of Jimmy's glory

'Thor: Love and Thunder'

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'Thor: Love and Thunder'

Thor is a joke.  That's as much fact as opinion, because Thor: Love and Thunder is one of the goofiest and least consequential sagas in MCU history - an allegedly wild and wacky but ultimately disappointing and weirdly disjointed chapter in the ongoing story of the God of Thunder, who seems

'The Black Phone'

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'The Black Phone'

From the movie-opening shot of a can of Coors being cracked open, to the well-timed use of period-piece pop hits, to backyard toy rocket launchers, to the convenience stores with pinball machines, to the two-tone raglan baseball T-shirts worn by the kids, to the brown-and-gold color schemes in the working-class

'Elvis'

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'Elvis'

The numbers vary from internet source to internet source, but the general consensus seems to be there were something like 200 Elvis Presley impersonators in the world at the time of the King's death in 1977 and the number has grown to at least 35,000 today. And we're not even

'Jurassic World: Dominion'

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'Jurassic World: Dominion'

Certain scenes in Jurassic World: Dominion are reminiscent of 1980s romantic adventure films such as Romancing the Stone, in which circumstances place two people in a precarious situation as love begins to bubble up between them.  At other times, it feels like a Godzilla movie, as giant, roaring, teeth-baring CGI apex

What a 'Marvel'

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What a 'Marvel'

We often see profile pieces in which someone of a certain age is asked what they would say to their younger self - what type of wisdom they'd impart, the advice they'd give, that sort of thing. I never have to worry about that, because Doc Brown gave me a

A promising start

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A promising start

"You seem kind of old and beat up." - One character's assessment of Obi-Wan Kenobi when they first meet.  In advance of the new six-part series Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fine folks at Disney+ recommended we watch or re-watch the following Star Wars titles: The Phantom Menace Attack of the Clones The Clone Wars Movie The

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