The Northman

The Northman

We meet young Amleth, a wincingly starry-eyed Viking princeling with a huge crush on his brutish King father (Ethan Hawke). Dad is like a traveling salesman who happens bring fresh slaves instead of trinkets as gifts for his family when he returns home after a long time away, so when he returns, the kid is …

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Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

Starting off on a (very) dark note, the third film in the Fantastic Beasts series, The Secrets of Dumbledore, finds magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) going into the forest to rescue (steal?) the latest specimen for his valise of fantastic beasts, the mythical Qilin. Moments after the gentle, scaled, deer-like creature gives birth, (Bambi warning!) …

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If real-life treasure hunting were only as easy as grabbing an ancient “X marks the spot” map from a museum! Well, it can be when you have a movie based on a video game that does just that to get the party started. In Uncharted, we follow the adventures of a ragtag group of good …

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Land (2021)

Land (2021)

While visiting friends in the rural area around Missoula, Montana, I heard about what the locals termed “mountain bachelors”. These were guys who purposely had fallen off the grid, often due to trauma (like Vietnam vets, for instance), living up in a remote cabin away from society. They’d emerge every now and then to check …

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Jumanji: The Next Level

This time around, our teenaged heroes – geeky Spencer (Alex Wolff), athlete Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), now-do-gooder Bethany (Madison Iseman) and now-confident Martha (Morgan Turner) – are all coming home from college for Christmas break and planning to meet up. But Spencer’s feeling down and defeated, and finds himself sucked back into the video game after …

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The Aeronauts

It’s 1862 London, and the historically very-real scientist and self-proclaimed meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) desperately wants to rise higher than any other aeronautical explorer in a balloon to test his own atmospheric theories. The problem, he himself is not an aeronaut, nor does he have a balloon. The Royal Society room full of stuffy, …

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