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Movie Review: Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8 has a talented cast, unfortunately its fierce female ensemble can’t overcome a lifeless script and a dull director as they get trapped in a hacky imitation of Soderbergh’s remake.

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Movie Review: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a tired, contrived and strenuous imitation of the original that whatever new ideas it comes up with is buried underneath grand scale mediocrity, ludicrous plot and stale chemistry.

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Movie Review: Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Fahrenheit 451 is a dull simplified husk of its source material, sinking underneath one characters, lackluster dystopia, and generic storytelling.

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Movie Review: Terminal

Terminal is a self-indulgent, shallow and forgettable crime movie pastiche no thanks to a Frankensteinian script of neo-noir cliches and caricatures.
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Movie Review: Disobedience

Albeit heavy-handed, Disobedience has great performances to support its well-executed character-driven story that turn it into a nuanced good old-fashioned drama.

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Movie Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a serviceable popcorn flick, but offers a forgettable lead in a superficial origins story that doesn’t provide a compelling reason why it needs to exist when there are better stories to be told in its universe.
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Movie Review: Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is overstuffed and uneven, but this screwball comedy is self-aware enough that its double serving of cartoonish violence, meta-jokes, and obnoxious Ryan Reynolds sells.

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Movie Review: Love, Simon

Love, Simon is weighed down by an unconvincing love story and the cliched predictability of its genre, but its earnest script endows this coming of age and coming out story with specificity and honesty that makes it a heartfelt teen rom com for LGBT youth.

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Movie Review: Tully

Tully is weighed down by an unconvincing plot twist, but a heartfelt performance by Charlize Theron and its brutal yet wise honesty makes it a visceral and emphatic portrait of motherhood.

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