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Knives Out

What do you get when you throw a slew of famous faces into a comedic murder-mystery movie written and directed by Rian Johnson? The trailers and promotional pull quotes would have you believe it’s a zany, madcap whodunit – yay! Who doesn’t love a zany, madcap whodunit?! Problem is, what you see in those ads isn’t …

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The Nice Guys

Set in Los Angeles in 1977, The Nice Guys finds private eye Holland March and hired heavy Jackson Healy crossing paths in search of a missing girl, Amelia (Margaret Qualley). They soon realize their shared purpose, and team up in spite of their rather distinct and sometimes conflicting personalities. As they delve deeper and deeper …

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Fortitude

With the dim Arctic light, the ever-present snow, and the need to carry a gun outside at all times (polar bears!), the remote island-settlement of Fortitude is a place that takes, well, fortitude to live in. But the climate isn’t the only thing chilly in Fortitude. Just when the development-hungry governor (Sofie Gråbøl) announces plans …

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Inherent Vice

Joaquin Phoenix, with his weirdo-chameleon persona in the media (remember when he grew a beard and said he was quitting acting to become a rapper?), is, at the very least, always interesting. When you see him in Inherent Vice as “Doc” Sportello, with his hippie mutton-chop sideburns and greasy white-man afro, well, it seems to …

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Veronica Mars

As someone who never watched a single episode of Veronica Mars, I couldn’t help wondering what all the fuss was about. How did it develop such an intense following and what’s with this fervent devotion to Kristen Bell? I mean, she’s a nice girl and all, but what the heck? I approached the movie (funded …

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