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Wearily Wading Through Avatar: The Way of Water

Wearily Wading Through Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water is a monument to James Cameron's business model but stutters on every other artistic or dramatic criterion imaginable.
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Missing Morals in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Missing Morals in Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio shimmers with excited physical energy but never coordinates its new story ideas with its old moral responsibilities.
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Misadapting Terror in The Pale Blue Eye

Misadapting Terror in The Pale Blue Eye

The Pale Blue Eye has the cast of a masterpiece and the script of a write-off. It's inoffensive afternoon viewing, but Poe would have his name removed from it.
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Why Scrooge (1951) is the Best Version of A Christmas Carol

Why Scrooge (1951) is the Best Version of A Christmas Carol

The 1951 version of Scrooge effortlessly recreates its candleglow world. This classic story has never been better.
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Dramatic Gaps and Tech Obsessions in The Shining

Dramatic Gaps and Tech Obsessions in The Shining

The unassailable influence of Stanley Kubrick's horror staple hides its dramatic shortcomings behind an illusion of prestige.
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Locating Realism in The Revenant

Locating Realism in The Revenant

The Revenant is a powerful statement on cinematic realism affected but not marred by its real toil. It's old cinema made epic again.
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Avatar The Way of Water
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Avatar: The Way of Water is a monument to James Cameron's business model but stutters on every other artistic or dramatic criterion imaginable.
Guillermo Del Toro Pinocchio
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Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio shimmers with excited physical energy but never coordinates its new story ideas with its old moral responsibilities.
The Pale Blue Eye Christian Bale
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The Pale Blue Eye has the cast of a masterpiece and the script of a write-off. It's inoffensive afternoon viewing, but Poe would have his name removed from it.
M.C. Myers
The 1951 version of Scrooge effortlessly recreates its candleglow world. This classic story has never been better.
The Shining
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The unassailable influence of Stanley Kubrick's horror staple hides its dramatic shortcomings behind an illusion of prestige.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues to be debated out of passionate frustration. This is an exploration of what's right and wrong with this bizarre movie.
Elvis
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Luhrmann's obsession with the image of Elvis creates an issue of authenticity. He makes people love the icon without believing in the man.
A Quiet Place Part II
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A Quiet Place Part II tries to squeeze more sequence out of a great concept. It succeeds despite straining for believability amid conflicting rules.
The Munsters
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Rob Zombie makes a twisted costume contest nightmare out of an idea of The Munsters that never overcomes its lack of inspiration or its cast's shortcomings.
Halloween III
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The infamously misunderstood Halloween III is still little more than an unrefined pseudo-thriller on its own merits, unworthy of seasonal contention.
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Halloween Ends has the power to finish its cluttered horror series meaningfully, even if this isn't what some of the series' fans were hoping for.
Werewolf by Night
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Werewolf by Night struggles for clarity within the constraints of an homage, sequel, origin story, and TV special in one. But it's fun to watch it try.