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Ralph and Vanellope travel into the internet to retrieve a replacement steering wheel for the broken arcade game in which Vanellope lives. It's the kind of busy, buzzy animated film that fills nearly two hours without really doing much of anything. more

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Let's settle this once and for all: Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Here's a look at the actual evidence! more

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Unlike the brilliant first installment, this hackneyed sequel handcuffs Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson with obnoxious cliches and betrays the nuanced messages and themes of the original. At least we'll probably get 5 more? more

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A loaded cast led by Viola Davis stars in this heist movie set against a backdrop of corrupt Chicago politics. Perhaps it would have been a better fit on TV, where the brilliant cast and sprawling story would have had space, but it's still damn good. more

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This fan-fleecing sequel follows magic Hitler (Johnny Depp) as he tries to recruit a monster to kill Dumbledore (Jude Law). Mostly though, it's just people talking about wizarding lineage. For Harry Potter completists only. more

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A genre-bending flick that mashes war-movie cliches with horror/sci-fi Nazi mad-scientist shenanigans, this almost-awesome endeavor is just a bit of wonky writing and poor pacing away from being a cult classic. more

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Another boring indie movie that isn't really that much of an indie movie, this is a tame domestic drama featuring great performances from Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal but little else to really get excited about. more

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A paint-by-numbers music biopic, this uninspired retelling of a truly inspired band wastes a great lead performance by Rami Malek. Instead, maybe watch Mr. Robot and listen to a Queen greatest hits album for a while? more

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The problem with movie audiences these days is the opposite of what people think the problem with movie audiences is these days. more

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A vastly important docu-reminder, a reunion you'll endure for hours and hours, and double-) speculation, all in this month's column! more

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A patient and creepy, 10-episode horror show that is unafraid to explore sadness and mental health, this loose adaptation of an old gothic novel is close to being one of the best shows of this year. More like this please, Netflix! more

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A remakebootquel that ignores all the sequels, this surprisingly savvy installment sees Michael Meyers once more square off against Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). This time, however, the subtext is all smartly about feminist escapism. more

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This is more of a biography of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) than a movie about the space race. That would be fine, if Neil Armstrong weren't legendarily boring and stoic. The end result is an attempt that misses the mark as both intimate and epic. more

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A movie about a Spider-Man villain without Spider-Man in it, this movie was never going to make sense. And yet, between a crazy performance by Tom Hardy and silly-but-fun shenanigans in the last hour, it is a surprisingly fun total disaster. more

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Comic book movies are now the most popular creative genre in the world. As such, they have a responsibility (and added scrutiny) in how they influence and reflect political concerns. more

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A chance to see Back to the Future AND the Princess Bride on the big screen, a rapid flow of Film Streams news, a crazy Stuhlbargain, a raging Cather kegger, a prairie festival, and a host of horror are all covered in this month's column! more

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A brilliant and original series that explores the quest for mental health as a literal adventure in the brain, this is one of the best American shows in many years. Jonah Hill and Emma Stone deliver the drama and comedy goods in this perfect program. more

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A hallucinatory revenge movie filled with gloriously cheesy dialogue and Nic Cage going maximum bonkers, this is a true cult classic that is destined for midnight movie screens. more

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Writer/director Shane Black has made an ugly, insensitive flick that's somewhere between a satire of 1980s action movies and a desperate attempt to restart a sci-fi blockbuster franchise about a killer alien. This should end the series. Oh well! more

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A sloppy cash-grab that further dilutes The Conjuring brand, this messy and sloppy flick is less about jump scares and more about cliches and nonsense. With little payoff and lazy writing, only die-hard horror enthusiasts will care. more

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