This Is a Movie Review: Mortal Engines

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CREDIT: Mark Pokorny/Universal Pictures

I give Mortal Engines 2.5 out of 5 Traction Cities: http://newscult.com/movie-review-mortal-engines-full-striking-visuals-admirable-ambition-little-pedestrian-execution/

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This Is a Movie Review: The Mule

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CREDIT: Warner Bros.

I give The Mule 3 out of 5 Dykes on Bikes for Entertainment Value/2 out of 5 Stereotypes for Social Value: http://newscult.com/movie-review-mule-clint-eastwood-unlikely-drug-trafficker-complains-internet/

This Is a Movie Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

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CREDIT: Tatum Mangus/Annapurna Pictures

I give If Beale Street Could Talk 3.75 out of 5 People Who Love Each Other: http://newscult.com/movie-review-barry-jenkins-sensitive-empathetic-ever-james-baldwin-adaptation-beale-street-talk/

This Is a Movie Review: Free Solo

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CREDIT: Jimmy Chin/National Geographic

I saw Free Solo on a December night, yet the sight of Alex Honnold scaling thousands of feet of bare rock without any supports was enough for my palms to leave a big wet spot on my shirt. Of course, I was inside and simmering in room temperature as opposed to the seasonal cool, but even so, I don’t usually get sweat saturation while merely sitting down this time of year. Anyway, if you haven’t heard about Free Solo, it’s about this guy who climbs massive rock formations without any protective equipment or partners, which has, according to him, low risk but high consequences. That is to say, the risk is low because he’s among the best in the world, but the consequences are high because one mistake means almost certain violent death. Watching this documentary is sure to make many wonder about the ethics of simply bearing witness to a fundamentally dangerous endeavor. But if there weren’t a film being made about him, Honnold would surely be scaling the highest heights anyway. Might as well record it to capture the triumph or to help pick up the pieces if something goes wrong.

I give Free Solo 3000 Feet out of 4000 Climbing Notes.

This Is a Movie Review: Mary Queen of Scots

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CREDIT: CREDIT: Liam Daniel/Focus Features

I give Mary Queen of Scots 3 out of 5 Heirs: http://newscult.com/movie-review-mary-queen-scots-ponders-many-questions-belongs-throne/

This Is a Movie Review: Ben is Back

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CREDIT: Mark Schafer/LD Entertainment/Roadside Attractions

I give Ben is Back 3.5 out of 5 Relapses: http://newscult.com/movie-review-ben-back-mixes-familial-addiction-crisis-suburban-thriller/

This Is a Movie Review: Vox Lux

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CREDIT: NEON

I give Vox Lux 4 out of 5 Losses of Innocence: http://newscult.com/movie-review-vox-lux-traumatic-entrancing-journey-pop-music-stardom/

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