This Is a Movie Review: Wonderstruck

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CREDIT: Roadside Attractions

Todd Haynes tries his hand at crosscutting concurrent (but not contemporaneous) narratives with the lovely Wonderstruck. The 1927-set and 1977-set portions ultimately converge around the Museum of Natural History in ways that are more than just thematic and geographic. Are the mechanics that get us there smooth or perfunctory? I for one find it satisfying. The earnest performances and fastidious pastiche-y touches go a long way in that regard. I am also impressed by the communication with, between, and around the deaf characters. Here’s the big question: was I wonderstruck? Yah.

I give Wonderstruck 7 Wolf Visions out of 9 Miniatures.

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This Is a Movie Review: The Snowman

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CREDIT: Jack English/Universal Pictures

I give The Snowman 1.5 out of 5 Daddy Issues: http://newscult.com/movie-review-bucking-concerns-that-it-would-be-derivative-the-snowman-barely-even-qualifies-as-storytelling/

This Is a Movie Review: Tragedy Girls

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CREDIT: Gunpowder & Sky

I give Tragedy Girls 2 out of 5 Haters Ruining Prom: http://newscult.com/movie-review-tragedy-girls-pleasantly-gory-hampered-muddled-social-message/

This Is a Movie Review: Only the Brave

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CREDIT: Richard Foreman/Sony Pictures Entertainment

I give Only the Brave 2.5 out of 5 Fire Bears: http://newscult.com/movie-review-brave-admirably-portrays-elite-firefighting-crew/

This is a Movie Review: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

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CREDIT: Jima (Atsushi Nishijima)/A24

I give The Killing of a Sacred Deer 3 out of 5 Bleeding Eyeballs: http://newscult.com/movie-review-killing-sacred-deer-disturbingly-unforgettable-horror-director-lobster/

This Is a Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

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CREDIT: Stephen Vaughan/Alcon Entertainment/Warner Bros.

When I write pre-release reviews, I include a list of similar titles, genres, etc. to indicate whether or not the movie being reviewed is worth recommending. I do not usually do that for my quicker reviews, but I feel compelled to do so for Blade Runner 2049. To wit: Blade Runner 2049 is recommended if you like Fringe, Orphan Black, the Futurama episode “A Clockwork Origin,” and of course, the original Blade Runner. They all play around with questions of identity and being godlike in the creation of new life. I wonder if they influenced Denis Villeneuve and company. Of course, they were all probably influenced by the original. Except for Blade Runner itself. Although that would be an interesting philosophical claim to say that a movie influenced itself.

I loved the hologram sex scene.

I give Blade Runner 2049 80% Existence out of 100 Replicants.

This Is a Movie Review: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

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CREDIT: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix

I give The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) 4 out of 5 Ex-Wives: http://newscult.com/movie-review-noah-baumbach-adam-sandlers-sensibilities-align-perfectly-meyerowitz-stories-new-selected/

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