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Why You Can Still Love Mary Poppins But Not Mary Poppins Returns

Despite plenty of nostalgic charm, with such bland songs and formulaic storytelling, this breezy follow-up seems driven more by commercial than creative means.
By Todd Jorgenson
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Despite Terrific Performances, Things Turn Ugly in Addiction Saga Beautiful Boy

This harrowing true-life drama about drug abuse, relapse, and recovery focuses on the impact of a teenager's substance abuse on his otherwise well-adjusted family.
By Todd Jorgenson
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Do Yourself a Simple Favor and Skip This Campy Concoction

Part psychological thriller and part suburban satire, this well acted genre hybrid funnels into a domestic melodrama that offers only fleeting pleasures.
By Todd Jorgenson
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The Women Steal the Show in the Otherwise Flat Spinoff Ocean’s Eight

The trendy gender swap isn’t the issue, but rather the heist formula that worked thrice now seems more familiar than fresh.
By Todd Jorgenson
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Turn On, Insert Coin, Drop Out in VR Wonderland of Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg's new movie has a blast riffing on nostalgia for films and video games of the past, but leaves a nasty hangover. How much is a good time worth?

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Why Soderbergh’s Latest Trifle Might Drive You Unsane

This small-scale thriller about mental illness, shot entirely on an iPhone, lacks sufficient depth and context to get in your head.
By Todd Jorgenson
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The Best Drama in All the Money in the World Was Left Behind the Scenes

This chronicle of a true-life kidnapping provides a well-acted yet highly uneven story about wealth and privilege run amok.
By Todd Jorgenson
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The Outrageous Wonder Woman Backstory Has Been Turned Into a History Lesson

The period drama seems overall too polished and safe, considering the scandalous and provocative saga that led to the creation of the progressive superhero.
By Todd Jorgenson
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Mother Load: Aronofsky’s Latest Is More Exasperating Than Exhilarating

This high-minded exploration of a crumbling relationship is creepy, for sure, but winds up spiraling into incoherent insanity.
By Todd Jorgenson
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Despite Some Nostalgic Charm, This Really Isn’t Their Finest

In this lighthearted look at World War II-era British cultural propaganda, the modest insight is overwhelmed by sentimentality.
By Todd Jorgenson