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Synchronic

Written by Justin Benson and directed by Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Synchronic is the filmmakers’ follow-up to 2017’s The Endless and boasts the same brand of trippy, time-travelling science fiction.

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Jiu Jitsu

By: Trevor Chartrand I am sad to share the unfortunate fact that Jiu Jitsu is, quite frankly, an awful movie…conclusively, undeniably disappointing all around.  Even with low expectations for an absurd martial arts B-Movie, this film is still going to be a big let-down for viewers.

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Honest Thief

Liam Neeson has been playing a variation of the same soft-yet-secretly-badass character since 2008’s Taken, and Mark Williams’ action-thriller Honest Thief is no exception.  Neeson treads well-worn ground as Tom, a former marine-turned-bank robber who wants to turn himself in and start a new life with his girlfriend, Annie (Kate Walsh).  His attempts to make amends don’t exactly go as planned when the FBI agents sent to take him in decide to keep the money…

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Yes, God, Yes

With what little time she has (73 minutes before credits), writer/director Karen Maine accomplishes a lot with her memorable filmmaking debut Yes, God, Yes, a semi-edgy dramedy set in the early 00s about a young Catholic student who has a sexual awakening before embarking on a weekend school retreat.

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Fatman

“Ironically cast Mel Gibson as Santa Claus” “St. Nick is a man’s man”,  “Elves + Military join forces” “Smug brat puts a hit out on ‘man in red’ after receiving a lump of coal” 

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Dinner with Friends

In an unremarkable directorial debut from actor Nicol Paone, and randomly produced by The Heartbreak Kid co-stars Ben Stiller and Malin Akerman, Dinner with Friends features pals Molly and Abby (Akerman, Kat Dennings) hosting a small Thanksgiving that gradually becomes more outrageous as the night progresses.  The guest list grows, and the entertainment evolves the get-together into more of a party where magic mushrooms and sexcapades become a primary topic of discussion.  There isn’t much…

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Tesla

Tesla, written and directed by Michael Almereyda (Hamlet [2000], Majorie Prime), explores the famous Serbian inventor with an ostensible inventiveness in both narrative and form.  While the experimentation is welcome and even appropriate, its application is uneven and questionable, and leads to an uncertain overall thesis.

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The Tax Collector

Filmmakers like to carve out their niche.  For instance, George A. Romero had the horror genre and, more importantly, he clung on to zombie culture.  He was always experimenting with the undead.  If his ideas didn’t pan out, he moved on to the next project with more ambition than before.  In a similar vein, writer/director David Ayer (Suicide Squad, Bright) likes the action genre and, more importantly, he’s clung on to gang culture and its…

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Bill & Ted Face the Music

The much awaited and presumably final instalment in the Bill & Ted series, Bill & Ted Face the Music, pulls off the impossible feat of being a faithful and charming sequel to cult classics.  For that, the production should be very proud of their efforts and patience.  However, the movie itself is neither “excellent” or “bogus”.  It’s just, sort of, “chill”.

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Unhinged

Russell Crowe gives an absolutely terrifying performance in Unhinged.  The film is a high-octane, single day thriller, but there are times when Derrick Borte’s movie is a straight-up horror because of Crowe.  As the story’s antagonist Tom Cooper, Crowe ditches his inhibitions.  He’s purposely underdeveloped to build an aura of mystery and terror.  The audience is given minor clues of who Tom could be, but he still resembles a stranger;  someone who could break under…