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Cold Pursuit
Barely OK 66 Points 2019

Why do remakes suck? Well, not all remakes suck, but Hollywood remakes of foreign films usually do. Consider Cold Pursuit. Lacking the droll charm of its Norwegian original, it’s more ugly than enjoyable.

Let us count the mistakes vis-a-vis In Order of Disappearance….

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Yesterday
Great 66 Points 2019

Yesterday is the best high-concept movie in recent memory. What if the entire world never knew of the Beatles? No Hey Jude, no Sgt. Peppers, no Revolution, no Fab Four. John, Paul, George & Ringo, just lads.

Except one guy never forgot, a failed singer-songwriter who only needed one gr…

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WikChip Video The only singer who knows the Beatles
Once Upon a Tim...
Perfect 66 Points 2019

Hollywood loves Hollywood, always has and still does, especially Quentin Tarantino, local boy made good. He has outdone himself with Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, which is quite simply Peak Tarantino.

It’s literally AND figuratively about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: true crime even…

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Blinded by the ...
Very Good 66 Points 2019

Bruce Springsteen songs drive Blinded by the Light, a helluva good concept, well played. That said, the film itself is somewhat cloying, more fanzine than Rolling Stone, albeit elevated by the Boss’s oeuvre.

The movie does a great job with some Springsteen songs, projecting the lyrics on wal…

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Angel Has Fallen
Very Good 66 Points 2019

Angel Has Fallen falls from the greatness reached by London Has Fallen to a very respectable Very Good, the same quality as the original Olympus Has Fallen, making for a damn good time at the movies.

Said another way, the White House headlined the very good Fallen 1

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WikChip Video The drone attack starts the future.
The Peanut Butt...
Really Great 66 Points 2019

One of the best movies of 2019 suffers from a terrible title of four words that don’t normally go together. People tend to ignore movies this poorly titled. Pity. This movie’s greatness starts with its plot: a Down’s guy goes out on the lam, buddies up with a hard-bitten fisherman, rafts a river,…

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Ad Astra
Really Great 66 Points 2019

Brad Pitt has his own great astronaut movie now, as every one of today’s great moviestars must.1 Ad Astra is a stately space epic, albeit punctuated with an atomic blast and more than a few death-defying set pieces. Most impressively, James Gray’s instant classic reinforces our conception of …

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Zombieland: Dou...
Very Good 66 Points 2019

zLand: Double Tap has moments of comic brilliance, but goes on a bit long, jumping the zombie shark. Happily, it hits a surprise new peak post-credits. Stick around, zombie comedy fans. Who you gonna call?

This success is no surprise. After all, Ruben Fleischer has reunited the cast from "…

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WikChip Video Zoey Deutch: A Star Is Born
Jojo Rabbit
Really Great 66 Points 2019

The Hitler Youth get a satirical stake through the heart in the wonderfully wacky Jojo Rabbit. Taika Waititi – he of Thor: Ragnarok – wrote the screenplay, directs the movie and even stars as a wacky Hitler, well a Hitler as the imagi…

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WikChip Video Taika Waititi cracks wise.
Parasite
Perfect 66 Points 2019

Martin Scorsese would consider Parasite cinema, brilliant cinema. The rest of the filmic world agrees, seeing as how this South Korean sensation won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, where it beat out Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

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WikChip Video Joon-ho Bong gives a masterclass.