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Halloween Kills

Halloween Kills is an ambitious take on a sequel.  While the film picks up where 2018’s Halloween ended, this isn’t a movie about the franchise’s villain Michael Myers or his prime victim Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).  Instead, it’s a movie about Haddonfield and the mournful community who have been living in fear;  being given a tormented reputation by its infamous serial killer.  The locals, having not felt protected by the town’s law enforcement, rally…

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Candyman

As the urban legend goes, if you repeat the word “Candyman” in the mirror five times, an ominous presence will unapologetically seal your fate.  If repeating “Candyman” is a representation of evil, perhaps a representation of  good will would be repeating Nia DaCosta’s name in a mirror five times.  Maybe if we all did, we could encourage her to keep making great movies like Candyman.

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Nobody

The promotional material for Nobody features a grizzled Bob Odenkirk, a hilarious comic who has pulled off incredible range for over a decade within his tragicomedy oeuvre in the Breaking Bad universe, beating the pulp out of thugs and gunning down crooks.  For viewers who have followed Odenkirk’s career from his sketch comedy days on Mr. Show to his time playing Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, this action-packed visual is cool…

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Land

Making her directorial feature-length debut, Land is an unusually small effort from actor Robin Wright (The Congress).  Atmospherically dour with beautiful cinemtaography, Land is also in the same meditative spirit as 2007’s Into The Wild, a film written and directed by Wright’s former husband Sean Penn.

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Trolls World Tour

It’s fitting that Trolls World Tour is about accepting outsiders for who they are because, here I am, I’m a critic watching a sequel to an original film I never saw. I heard 2016’s Trolls was a pleasant surprise, but I never got around to finding that out for myself. Luckily for me, I could hop into Trolls World Tour and quickly get the gist of the characters, the imagination, and the amazing animation that…

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The Hunt

The Hunt is more politically charged than expected.  It’s also more cartoony than expected.  It’s a sardonically funny thriller that points out hypocrisies of right-wing and left-wing beliefs, and favours extravagantly violent finales over mutual understandings.  Cynical, yes;  but The Hunt is a really ballsy movie for strapping on a blast suit and barrelling through such edgy, non-partisan material.

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Dolittle

Dolittle is a wildly incompetent movie showcasing a battle for the crown to be the film’s silliest performer.  So, who wins?  Well, I’m afraid, it’s a 20-way tie shared between scenery-chewing in-person performers and aloof voice actors.

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

The best thing about Hobbs & Shaw, the first feature-length spin-off in the Fast & Furious series, is that anyone can watch it.  It does a good job standing on its own legs and distancing itself from its popular franchise;  allowing everyone to pick up on the same page.  But perhaps in an attempt to give its spin-off series a safe start, Hobbs & Shaw is as typical as action movies come – Hollywood buys…