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Tom Cruise is Unstoppable in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

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(2018—Director: Christopher McQuarrie)  — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “There has never been peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.” — Opening to “The Apostles’ Manifesto”, composed by John Lark (?????) Potential spoilers below (and just above) Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has uninstalled the revolving door of directors …

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Young Teens & Bright Screens Flock Awkwardly in ‘Eighth Grade’

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(2018—Director: Bo Burnham) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)  “You can’t be brave without being scared.” — Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), from her YouTube video “How to Be Confident” Potential spoilers below Hey, guys! It’s Renard, back with another review. Um… “Oh my gosh, look at that fluffy unicorn! He’s so fluffy I’m …

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Entanglements of a Quantum Nature in ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’

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(2018—Director: Peyton Reed) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Do you guys just put the word ‘quantum’ in front of everything?” — Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) to Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) Potential spoilers below  I had mentioned in the #9 entry (Baby Driver) of …

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Violence & Deception Across Borders in ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

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(2018—Director: Stefano Sollima)  — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “If you want to start a war, kidnap a prince. The king will start it for you.” — CIA Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Riley (Matthew Modine) and CIA Director Cynthia Foards (Catherine Keener)  Potential spoilers below I find it …

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Tired Characters Drift Through the Occasional Thrills of ‘Fallen Kingdom’

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(2018—Director: J.A. Bayona) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “If I don’t make it back, remember…you’re the one who made me come.” — Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) Potential spoilers below It took some by surprise when 2015’s Jurassic World became the first movie to gross over $500 million worldwide …

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‘Incredibles 2’: The Long-Awaited Return of Pixar’s Superhero Family

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(2018—Director: Brad Bird) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Done properly, parenting is a heroic act. Done properly.” — Edna Mode (Brad Bird) to Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson)  Potential spoilers below I was not always a big supporter of feature animation on the big screen. By the summer of 2008, I was …

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Suppressed Grief & Twisted Possession in ‘Hereditary’

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(2018—Director: Ari Aster) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Our sacrifice will pale next to the rewards.” — Note from late mother Ellen Leigh to daughter Annie Graham (Toni Collette) “You know you were her favorite, right?” — Mother Annie Graham (Toni Collette) to daughter Charlie Graham (Milly Shapiro) Potential spoilers below In 2011, …

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An Origin Tale Fit for a Pilot & a Scoundrel in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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(2018—Director: Ron Howard) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.” “Sounds like a lonely way to live.” “It’s the only way.” — Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) Potential spoilers below A ubiquitous media franchise, like any creative endeavor, does not …

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The Intertwinement of Pride & Despair in ‘First Reformed’

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(2018—Director: Paul Schrader) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “How easily they talk about prayer, those who have never really prayed.” — Rev. Toller (Ethan Hawke) “Even a pastor needs a pastor.” — Head Pastor Joel Jeffers (Cedric Antonio Kyles) to Rev. Toller (Ethan Hawke) Potential spoilers below Writer-director Paul Schrader has carved out …