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  • Fresh

    ★★★

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    ★★★½

  • Free Willy

    ★★½

  • Stalker

    ★★★★

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  • Home Team

    Home Team

    This treatment of Sean Peyton’s “humbling” return to peewee football and redemptive road back to the NFL after the repugnant bountygate scandal has no clue what comeuppance even means. And no, a vegan/new-age Rob Schneider, a nosy hotel attendant, & projectile vomiting sequences aren’t going to save this sad sack of a movie. Someone needs to set a bounty on Happy Madison productions before we lose every last ounce of brain cells we have left. 

    Listen to our full excoriation of The Sandman’s studio’s latest fumblecore offering on Cinematic Underdogs.

  • Endgame

    Endgame

    Deviating from his sexploitation-saturated catalogue, Joe D'Amato's Italian post-apocalyptic cult classic Endgame: Bronx Lotta Finale is a wildly ridiculous and giddy genre pastiche. It begins as a battle royale TV game-show and mutates into an escape film as the laconic antihero Shannon (Al Cliver) leads a telepathic mutant (Moira Chen) and her oracular son to safety.

    Filled with ornate face paint, blind assassin ninja monks, radiological wastelands, fascist police, futuristic energy drinks, involuted species, horny neurosurgeons, medieval weaponry, dangerous motorbike stunts,…

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  • Fresh

    Fresh

    Now that’s pulp fiction you can sink your teeth into. Daisy Edgar Jones rocks normcore fashion like no other. Really appreciated the sweats tucked into socks statement in the produce aisle scene. I just don’t see how she grew her ass back in a matter of days (there were some serious contours in that pink dress she wears to the cannibalistic, candlelit dinner for two with Sebastian Stan).

    Speaking of Stan, he didn’t cut it for me. Not a terrible…

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Catnip for anyone with a soft spot for staid British period pageantry & lighthearted melodrama. The dueling subplots (1. The Mama Mia-esque French Riviera villa family vacay and 2. The Hollywood crew shooting a silent-turned-talkie at Downton) bring some welcoming pip & vigor to the otherwise stuffy & stately proceedings. The cast is game, as always. The themes are soapy; the quips ablaze; the charm flirts with alacrity. And the scene where the bumbling ex-footman/closeted screenwriter reveals his revisionist roulette table finale for…

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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    Jean-Luc Godard once famously said that “all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.”

    Bo Burnham just upped the ante, proving that all you really need is a single human being confined inside a single room—and maybe a caustic sock puppet, too.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    Fu#!. As a once broke touring musician, this film hit hard. Really hard.

    And the sound design is straight up impeccable.