Review: Extraction (2020) – One Big Trick

Extraction is perfect for the Netflix brand, a high action 'blockbuster' that has the appearance of something risque. A film with intense violence, an ambitious filming style and a team directly linked to Avengers: Endgame, a film that instantly adds an invested audience. Starring Chris Hemsworth and embracing a foreign locale, it seems to have …

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Review: Military Wives (2020) – Keep Calm and Choir On

While for some Military Wives will feel like its own thing, a heartfelt story about different forms of courage. To me, it feels like a continuation of a trend that seems to be continuing unabated, with varying degrees of success. The cynical side of me can't help but see the releases of films about adults …

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Review: The Rhythm Section (2020) – A Quick Release

The best way to describe The Rhythm Section, Reed Marano's spy thriller is the perfect start to a television series. As a film it entertains but never amazes, trying to build a story around a conventional revenge plot while clearly trying to service a greater franchise narrative. Marano, who found fame directing the opening episodes …

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Review: Missing Link (2019) – Desperately Seeking Susan

Since the dissolution of Studio Ghibli there hasn't really been a studio actively trying to make strong, adult-orientated animation except for Laika Studios. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, this year has brought us the joy of Toy Story 4 after all, the films coming out of Laika prove that there is a place …

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Review: The Aftermath (2019) – The Future Is Bright

While it would be easy to say that Kiera Knightley is having a good year after watching Colette, I'm pretty sure she just doubled down. While it might not be as culturally relevant or sexually expressive as her prior work (despite trying to be the latter) it is equally as important and vital thanks to …

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Catching Up: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (2018) – What?

When watching anything there is usually a Eureka moment for me when I can say what that film is about. Be it something personal to just me or a grand theme that the director is prodding at in his own little way. That never came while watching Jim Hosking's latest surreal comedy for the very …

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