The Meg

Jason Statham, with his tiny face and outrageously broad shoulders, is some sort of brilliant deep-sea rescuer. He, of course, has a troubled past—a submarine rescue went wrong, and he had to leave two of his besties behind to die. Well, actually, he had to close the hatch on them because the side of the …

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Dwayne Johnson is at the height of earnestness as Davis Okoye, a primatologist in San Diego. It is hammered home that he likes animals more than people, but it is more accurate to say that he likes George, a big albino gorilla that he rescued from poachers. Luckily for us, this duo can talk to …

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Natalie Portman plays Lena, a biologist grieving her military husband who has been MIA on a secret mission for a year. When he suddenly walks into her life, strange, cold, not really recognizing her–and really really ill–she is compelled to find out what happened to him. The “secret” part of the mission involves an anomaly …

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The Mummy (2017)

My expectations really weren’t that high, and I guess you could say they were met, but as the inaugural film in what Universal hopes will become a massive “classic monster” franchise – which will include such perennial faves as the invisble man (Johnny Depp’s been cast), Frankenstein (Javier Bardem) and the like – the whole …

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The Shape of Water

Sally Hawkins stars as Elisa, a doe-eyed mute woman who works as an overnight cleaner – alongside co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) – in a research facility in 1962 Baltimore. One otherwise inauspicious evening, a new “asset” is brought in for observation: an amphibian man (Doug Jones) captured in South America by sadistic official Strickland (a …

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