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Renard’s Top 10 Underrated Films of 2018

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— by Renard N. Bansale — Potential spoilers below It is never the films themselves, but rather the perception of them that is overrated or underrated. Once more, a brief glance at the opposite end of the spectrum: Renard’s 10 Most Overrated Films of 2018: Aquaman (dir. James Wan) Avengers: Infinity War (dir. Anthony Russo & Joe Russo) (review here) …

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Serkis Out-Does Disney with New Technology and Fresh Vision in ‘Mowgli’

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– By Maria Andress – Potential Spoilers Below You probably saw Disney’s live action re-make of the 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book that came out in 2016, but did you know there was a second Jungle Book movie that was released this past Thanksgiving? Entitled Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, this more recent (and slightly less-known) release was actually in the works before the Disney remake. …

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Romance Fights to Survive Across the Iron Curtain in ‘Cold War’

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(2018—Director: Paweł Pawlikowski) (watch trailer here) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)     “Two hearts, four eyes, oy oy oy. / Crying all day and all night, oy oy oy.” “Believe in yourself.” … “I do. It’s you I don’t believe in.” — Wiktor Warski (Tomasz Kot) and Zuzanna “Zula” Lichoń (Joanna Kulig) Potential spoilers …

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Adam McKay & Christian Bale Storm Through the Fog of Politics in ‘Vice’

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(2018—Director: Adam McKay)  — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “You are the President. War is yours.” — Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney (Christian Bale) to President George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) Potential spoilers below Three years after The Big Short propelled writer-director Adam McKay from comedy auteur of the 2000s to Academy Award-winning fervent …

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Bird Box or (The Unexpected Virtues of Streaming)

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– By James Powers – So I’m a solid three weeks late to the party, but I finally got around to watching Netflix’s Bird Box, the Sandra Bullock thriller vehicle that has inexplicably taken the Internet by storm since its release over the holidays. According to Netflix, who are very secretive about their viewership statistics except when they want to …

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’: Intense Romance Colorfully Blends With Black American Struggle

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(2018—Director: Barry Jenkins) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “You ready for this?” “I’ve never been more ready for anything in my whole life.” Potential spoilers below Few will forget that infamous moment (see here and here) at the tail end of the 89th Academy Awards. Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s smash musical drama La La Land …

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The Slavery of Sin and Manipulation in ‘The Favourite’

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–By Sam Hendrian– *WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS.  “Sometimes, you look like a badger. And you can rely on me to tell you… Because I will not lie! That is love!” These words spoken by the headstrong Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to the unpredictably temperamental Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite ring with both truth and a …

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‘Into the Spider-Verse’: Dazzling Visuals Offset a Rushed Plot Full of Missed Opportunities

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(2018—Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “No matter how many times you get hit, can you get back up?” — Gwen Stacey/Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld) to Miles Morales/Spider-Man (Shameik Moore) Potential spoilers below “All right, people, let’s do this one last time.” 2000’s X-Men may have started …

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Belated & Early-Peaking Yet Delightfully Gorgeous

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(2018—Director: Rob Marshall) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Some people think a great deal too much. Of that, I’m certain.” — Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) to Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) Potential spoilers below 2018 was a banner year for Disney, who made over $7.33 billion in worldwide box office revenues. With its animation …