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The Fast and the Curious (George): Rampage, reviewed.

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Nearly four interminable months after Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a movie based on a movie based on a children’s book and appended with a 30-year-old Guns N’ Roses jam, Dwayne Johnson—the once and future Rock and 2032 Instagram Party presidential candidate—is back. In a movie, in the legal sense, based on a video game.

My NPR review of Rampage (from the director of San Andreas!) is here. I’m not sure who it was at Warner Bros. and or New Line who forgot to put the exclamation point in the title, but I trust that heads shall (the) roll.

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Furry Road: Isle of Dogs, reviewed.

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It’s no shocker that I loved Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion adventure of Isle of Dogs. It’s a mild shocker that I didn’t cry watching it. Either time! My NPR review is hereUPDATE: I’m on the Pop Culture Happy Hour episode where we hash over some of charges of insensitivity and cultural appropriate that a few critics have levied against the movie, too. That’s on the same page as the review, but you can hear below, too.

Farewell, Angelina: Tomb Raider, reviewed.

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People always told me, don’t go raiding tombs… I mean, if you’re determined to see Tomb Raider, a movie, technically, based on a 2013 reboot of a 1996 video game that previously spawned a couple of Angelina Jolie-starring movies, nothing will deter you. But you’ll be going against critical advice. Continue reading

Cloak & Dagger? I Hardly Know ‘Er: Red Sparrow, reviewed.

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Red Sparrow, a nasty adaptation of a novel by C.I.A. veteran Jason Matthews starring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, is the Black Widow origin movie Marvel Studios will never make. I like a movie that gets at the existential misery of spycraft. Here’s my NPR review.

Petty Larceny: Den of Thieves, reviewed.

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Here’s something I mean with all the generosity of spirit that I hope I possess in my heart: Den of Thieves, a new—well, newly released—crime movie, is not as bad as one might expect the directorial debut from the screenwriter of A Man Apart and London Has Fallen to be. That’s because writer-director Christian Gudegast has taken the greatest Los Angeles cops-and-robbers movie ever made and replicated it as closely as one can while filming in Atlanta, with a growling Gerard Butler standing in for an ad-libbing Al Pacino.

My NPR review of Den of Thieves is here. I believe the phrase “coffee-table action flick” is a Klimek Original.

Pablo Schreiber and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson cover their tracks. (STX)

The January Man: The Commuter, reviewed.

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Vera Farmiga makes Liam Neeson an indecent proposal in The Commuter, Neeson’s latest January-release throat-puncher. Here’s my NPR review.

The Carol From the Black Lagoon: The Shape of Water, reviewed.

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Good news: Guillermo Del Toro’s new movie is the best one he’s made in English! Even if it doesn’t kick quite as much undead ass as Blade II. Here’s my NPR review.