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The First Reviews for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water Are Outstanding The First Reviews for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water Are Outstanding

Guillermo del Toro hasn’t made an undisputed great movie in over a decade—specifically 2006's Pan’s Labyrinth, a truly breathtaking work that set the bar for the director’s work very high. Since then, he’s made many films with varying degrees of success but nothing that’s come close to Pan. However, according to the…

The Dark Tower Turns an Epic Fantasy Into a Shockingly Mundane Movie The Dark Tower Turns an Epic Fantasy Into a Shockingly Mundane Movie

The biggest problem with The Dark Tower movie is that when it ends, you don’t feel the need to see more. Unlike the epic books that inspired it, the movie is streamlined to be one complete story. Hypothetically, this should be a good thing. But with The Dark Tower, that process removes any gravitas needed to make us…

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Is Undeniably Gorgeous, But Not Much Else Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Is Undeniably Gorgeous, But Not Much Else

It’s rare that a modern scifi movie shows you something you’ve truly never seen before, but that happens a lot in Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. There’s innovative action, wondrous landscapes, creepy aliens, awesome weapons and technology, all of which combine to create a massive,…

Here's the First Buzz on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Here's the First Buzz on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

One of the summer movie season’s biggest question marks is, undoubtedly, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The trailers look amazing, teasing a return to Fifth Element form for the director. But did he succeed?

Spider-Man: Homecoming Proves How Good Skipping the Origin Story Can Be Spider-Man: Homecoming Proves How Good Skipping the Origin Story Can Be

Spider-Man: Homecoming is not your typical Marvel movie—and that’s exactly what makes it great.

War for the Planet of the Apes Is One of the Best—and Bleakest—Summer Blockbusters Ever War for the Planet of the Apes Is One of the Best—and Bleakest—Summer Blockbusters Ever

When War for the Planet of the Apes ended, I was unable to move. Glued to my seat, I sat dumbfounded at the achievement I’d just witnessed: an exquisitely filmed, emotionally stunning film that challenges what a big-budget, summer blockbuster is supposed to be. And it’s about a planet of apes.

Okja Is a Masterfully Told Story Which Will Haunt You for Days Okja Is a Masterfully Told Story Which Will Haunt You for Days

If you’ve seen one of Bong Joon Ho’s movies before—The Host or Snowpiercer, for example—then it shouldn’t be surprising at all to you that Okja is a mix of dead seriousness and bursts of farcical humor. It’s also a movie with a very complicated message, anchored by a tale about a beautiful girl and her monster. And…

Transformers: The Last Knight Is Over-Stuffed and Completely Insane Transformers: The Last Knight Is Over-Stuffed and Completely Insane

Remember 10 years ago when director Michael Bay took the simply designed cartoon Transformers of the ‘80s and made them into ultra-complex, shiny beings with so many moving parts they made no sense? Well, what Bay did to the Transformers themselves is what he’s done to the fifth film in the franchise, The Last Knight. 

There's Something Weird About Cars 3 There's Something Weird About Cars 3

No matter how invested you are, or aren’t, in Pixar’s Cars films, the latest entry creates a weirdly interesting narrative around the franchise. Imagine if, after Blade Runner, Harrison Ford made a rom-com-dram sequel where Rick Deckard was suddenly running a hotel. And then he made Blade Runner 2049, where he was…

The Wonder Woman Movie Is Even Better Than You Hoped It Would Be The Wonder Woman Movie Is Even Better Than You Hoped It Would Be

Every superhero origin story has the moment: The music swells, time slows, and the hero finally emerges on screen in their full costume, ready to kick ass. Wonder Woman has this scene as well, and it might just be the best one we’ve ever seen—not only because it’s so badass, but because it’s been so, so overdue.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Will Remind You Why You Love (and Hate) These Movies Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Will Remind You Why You Love (and Hate) These Movies

Like the ocean it takes place on, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has had plenty of ups and downs. These metaphorical seas have been so rough, in fact, that some people don’t even remember there was a fourth film in 2011, On Stranger Tides, even though it grossed a billion dollars worldwide. I’m happy to say…

Turns Out King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Is a Lot Better Than Anyone Expected Turns Out King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Is a Lot Better Than Anyone Expected

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn’t really about King Arthur. It’s more the origin story of a boy named Arthur, one who will eventually become a king. So it’s fitting that the best parts of the film have nothing to do with swords, kingdoms, knights, or anything like that. King Arthur is primarily a medieval…

Alien: Covenant May Be the Biggest Disappointment of the Summer Alien: Covenant May Be the Biggest Disappointment of the Summer

Here’s a sentence I’m just incredibly sad to type: Alien: Covenant is bad.

The Magic in Sleight Makes Up for an Otherwise Familiar Tale The Magic in Sleight Makes Up for an Otherwise Familiar Tale

The marketing for Sleight includes a quote calling the film “Chronicle meets Iron Man.” Watching it, that comparison kind of makes sense, but it also sets up an unrealistic expectation versus what Sleight actually is.

Even If You're Sick of Julian Assange, Go See This New WikiLeaks Documentary Even If You're Sick of Julian Assange, Go See This New WikiLeaks Documentary

Risk should be a boring movie. Sure, it’s the latest documentary from Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras, but it’s also about WikiLeaks. Haven’t we all had enough of Julian Assange and his cadre of world-warping weirdos? The thing is, you’ve never seen Assange like this. You’ve never seen him up close and ugly. And…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Tries Something Different, and Still Ends Up Being Awesome  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Tries Something Different, and Still Ends Up Being Awesome 

The biggest problem with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Vol. 1, if you will, was such a huge, surprise hit that most of the massive audiences who will flock to see Vol. 2 will all want to relive watching the first film. They’ll get their wish, sometimes, but other times Vol.…

In The Discovery, Life After Death Is Real, But Everything Else Is Uncertain In The Discovery, Life After Death Is Real, But Everything Else Is Uncertain

Imagine that the afterlife has been scientifically proven to exist. How would the world react? What would happen to the person who made that discovery? These are just some of the captivating questions at the start of Charlie McDowell’s new film, The Discovery, which debuts on Netflix today.

The Power Rangers Movie Doesn't Actually Want to Be a Power Rangers Movie The Power Rangers Movie Doesn't Actually Want to Be a Power Rangers Movie

The final act of Power Rangers is everything you could want from a Power Rangers movie. It’s fun, funny, action-packed, and filled with so many Zords and monsters that you’ll actually feel like you’re watching a big-budget update of the popular kids’ franchise. The problem is that the 90 minutes preceding it wants as…

The Live-Action Beauty and the Beast Is Fine, But Also Completely Unnecessary The Live-Action Beauty and the Beast Is Fine, But Also Completely Unnecessary

Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast isn’t bad. How could it be? It’s basically a remake of one of the greatest animated movies of all time. It’s when it tries to be different that it stumbles, and those problems drag down the good parts where it gets hard to overlook its flaws, making you wonder if you should…

Kong Retakes His Throne in the Incredible Skull Island Kong Retakes His Throne in the Incredible Skull Island

King Kong started his reign in 1933, but it didn’t last long. He was eventually overshadowed by Godzilla and a crowd of B-movie pretenders for decades, to the point where even Peter Jackson’s attempt to revive him in 2005 couldn’t help. But with Kong: Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has created an…

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