Valerian Really Does Suck

Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic is only epic in its failure to inspire, entertain and even be worth the money it’ll cost you sit through all two hours.

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REELYDOPE Abroad: Ghost In The Shell Almost Made Me Vomit

[Editor’s Note: Adam left the Bay semi-recently to sup on fine foods, watch great movies and educate the children of South

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All Eyez On Me

Where do I start? The beginning? I guess that’s fair. It was a blistering Thursday. I was hauling ass to

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It Comes At Night: Nightmares in Space and Place

It Comes is a haunted house on the hill movie, in the sense that space and place are incredibly important to how horror is constructed and experienced. Big spaces like the woods and the house itself are supposed to be scary; the latter for its ability to imprison and the former for its harboring of the unknown.

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The Promise

It seems like everything is about immigrants and the question of endangered populations these days, from La Naranja Maldita clearly having a grudge against anyone he doesn’t consider “American” to the current (and ongoing) refugee crisis in the Eurozone. It’s apt then that now would be the time when a film like The Promise is set to drop. Directed by Terry George and starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Angela Sarafyan and more, the film covers an oft-still-overshadowed human tragedy – The Armenian Genocide.

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South Korean Movies Are The Last Thing You Should Be Sleeping On

Flicks from outta town are great. Okay, maybe they’re not always great. But more often than not, they’re great. Usually

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Before I Fall

Bias warning: I truly believe that kids, and many teenagers, are unintentional sociopaths. Maybe it’s just the lack of a

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Fist Fight

Coming out the gate, Fist Fight is a joint that leans as heavily into comedic timing as it can because the premise itself is ridiculous. Again, speaking of the trailers: Fist Fight’s initial theatrical trailers are cut in a way that lead us to assume that the entire film hinges on a brawl between Ron Strickland (Ice Cube) and Andy Campbell (Charlie Day). On the surface this can seem off putting, as it’s absolutely paper thin. Despite this, Fist Fight writes multiple comedic checks in order to front the bill of your attention span. And thank the lord they are.

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Tickled

I was supposed to write this (and publish it) months ago, like pre-election, months ago. Pero, things happened, a ton

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20th Century Women

I didn’t go into 20th Century Women expecting much. The trailer makes it look like the quirky indie comedies that

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Thanks, 2016: Shin Godzilla

Happy awards season, everybody! It’s a great time to reflect on the year in film and catch up on all

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Fences: A Play on Film

Why breathe another life into a decades-old play centered around African-Americans in a working class Pittsburgh neighborhood you might ask?

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Arrival

Sci-fi is one of those genres that can get easily hokey. Because of this, it’s always fun and refreshing to

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Almost Christmas

Black folk have a lot of needs to laugh. Big laughs. Little laughs. The kinds of laughs that shake your

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Southside With You

Full disclosure: at the risk of having my black card temporarily seized, I consciously avoided watching Southside With You for

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Mrs. Peregrine’s Home For Uhhhghhhhh

So you’re telling me that Tim Burton’s latest movie doesn’t have many black people in it? Hold on, I need

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