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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in 'The Silencing.'

‘The Silencing’ Review: Serial Killer Drama Is Hush-Hush on Thrills, Chills

A serial killer is hunting teen girls in the deep Minnesota woods. Sound familiar? It falls to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones) to bring down the culprit. To be fair, the Danish actor goes the extra mile in The Silencing (on VOD starting August 14th), which is more than you can say …

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Mara review – boilerplate scares in don’t-sleep horror | Film

Some pretty moderate semi-scariness is on offer here, with a generic horror starring Olga Kurylenko. She is Kate, a US police psychologist called in to help with the bizarre case of a woman who has allegedly killed her husband during a psychotic episode – to the horror of her young daughter, who discovered the crime. …

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Jamie Foxx in 'Project Power.'

‘Project Power’ Review: Superheroes, Only a Pill Away (Side Effects May Occur)

Set over a day and night in New Orleans, Project Power (now streaming on Netflix) pivots on a hot new street drug called Power that you swallow like a pill and kaboom! You’re a superhero. Well, you’re a superhero for five minutes … and the damn thing can kill you. No pill creates the same …

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Ethan Hawke in 'Tesla.'

‘Tesla’ Review: A Postmodern Biopic for a Modern Genius

If you want to be bored breathless by how Serbian inventor Nicola Tesla (1856-1943) figured into the feud between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over direct and alternating currents, try 2019’s The Current War. It’s biopic trolling at its dullest. Or you may want to consider Tesla, which is both a corrective and a mesmerizing …

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Sophie Cundale review – boxing meets Blackadder in a maggoty mash-up | Art and design

Plague at the gates, a mad queen, a defeated boxer’s concussed hallucination and enough craziness, gushing blood and seething hatred for a Jacobean tragedy. Artist Sophie Cundale packs more into a half-hour film than seems possible, let alone advisable. The Near Room, which takes its title from the mental space Muhammad Ali said he entered …

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train to busan peninsula

‘Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula’ Takes Zombie Movies Nowhere

Since Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite hit the jackpot at this year’s Oscars, all eyes are on South Korea as a new film mecca. That piles expectations on Peninsula, writer-director Yeon Sang-ho’s follow-up to 2016’s Train to Busan, his surprise smash about zombies who crash a ride on a bullet train where even traveling first class earns …

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My Rembrandt review – to have and to hold the Dutch master | Film

In this documentary about a series of eccentric collectors obsessed with the revered artist, the Dutch director Oeke Hoogendijk shoots her subjects with a cool scepticism. American tycoon Thomas Kaplan owns 11 Rembrandts. “Here’s my admission,” he says, recounting his purchase of Study of an Elderly Woman in a White Cap. He leans in conspiratorially …

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The title character (voiced by Sam Rockwell) of the Disney+ movie 'The One and Only Ivan.'

‘The One and Only Ivan’ Review: Animals Are People, Too

With Sam Rockwell voicing the title role of a 400-pound silverback gorilla and fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie joining the fun as an elephant named Stella, this CGI/live-action combo sounds like a raucous good time for kids of all ages. Right? Only it isn’t raucous…not really. Based on Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning 2013 novel, with …

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The One And Only Ivan review – Disney’s painting gorilla movie lacks colour | Film

There’s a late summer laze to Disney’s third-tier kids film The One and Only Ivan, one of their rare live-action offerings that isn’t yet another unnecessary remake of an animated hit. It’s a true story that inspired a much-loved novel which in turn became, briefly, a hot property in Hollywood with Mike Newell attached to …

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Trai Byers, center, in 'The 24th.'

‘The 24th’ Review: Revisiting a Riot, and a Historical Racial Injustice

On the evening of August 23rd, 1917, while American boys fought next to their brethren overseas, a group of soldiers marched into the streets of Houston, Texas. They begun firing on locals, many of whom were officers of the law. By the time the sun rose the next morning, 11 civilians, five policeman and four …

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