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  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★

  • The Addams Family 2

    ★★

  • Copshop

    ★★★

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  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★★

    Nia DaCosta has a daunting challenge in Candyman, as she is tasked with updating a horror classic while making it accessible and relevant to modern audiences. This is consistently the trickiest tightrope act that these modern revivals must walk. Thankfully, the director is up to the task. DaCosta’s film explores the power of storytelling as a way to process and inform generational trauma, a vector that allows her to bring audiences up to speed on the original story in a natural way before telling its own tale.

    [Full review at 411mania.com]

  • The Spine of Night

    The Spine of Night

    ★★★★

    It seems like it’s been a minute since we’ve had a good, solid adult animated fantasy film. Animation may no longer be widely considered the purview of children alone thanks to the likes of South Park, Adult Swim, and the continued encroachment of anime into mainstream American consciousness, but it generally seems like adult-centered animation still tends to go more for comedy or straight action/drama. The days of Ralph Bakshi’s Fire and Ice and the iconic Heavy Metal have been…

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  • Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

    ★★

    Look, I'm all for a fun, cheesy reboot of a video game franchise, but even by those standards this was...not great. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City shoots itself in the foot by trying to wed two games into one movie. It works better than it should, but there's too little going on in the story for as much plot as there is, with Johannes Roberts' script being all over the place as it tries to follow the two narratives.…

  • The Addams Family 2

    The Addams Family 2

    ★★

    You know what The Addams Family franchise doesn't need? A brightly colored road trip that is tonally indistinguishable from Despicable Me or Hotel Transylvania. Listen, I get those franchises are successful and I even enjoy them for what they are. But not everything needs to be forced into that box, and Charles Addams' delightfully grotesque family works precisely BECAUSE they can't be boxed in.

    I pity the voice cast, because they're all quite good in this. It's the lame script…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    "What a lovely day" is Mad Max: Fury Road's most marketed phrase, but the one that most exemplifies it is "We are not things." This fourth film in the famous Australian franchise is a $150 million arthouse post-apocalyptic spaghetti western, and a fabulous one at that. George Miller is as good as he's ever been behind the camera with this intense experience that turns many elements of the action genre on its head. The acting is top-notch -- including from…

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods

    ★★★★★

    Being that I am an entertainment reporter, it is very rare that I can go into a film knowing almost nothing about it. Before 2012, the last time I was able to do so was Cloverfield; with Cabin in the Woods however I was determined to do so. I had heard much about the struggle to get the film released, of course--filmed by Drew Goddard based on a script by Joss Whedon and himself, delayed to do 3D post-conversion and…