This Is a Movie Review: Support the Girls

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CREDIT: Magnolia Pictures

I give Support the Girls 3 out of 5 Crop Tops: http://newscult.com/movie-review-support-girls-low-key-look-ins-outs-curvy-family-sports-bar/

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This Is a Movie Review: The Meg

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CREDIT: Warner Bros.

The Meg‘s reported production budget is at least $130 million, but it sure does not look like it. Oh, it’s certainly professionally made, but you can see it cutting corners in a manner typical of cheapie SyFy creature features. Characters sit around in a submersibles and wait for something to happen, the settings are often confined locations, and the big set piece with a bunch of extras is a little light on mayhem. But while all those dollars may not be visible, The Meg does have enough of a sheen that justifies projecting it on the big screen. Ultimately, it’s disposable, but eminently watchable. Jason Statham spears a giant shark in the eye, Rainn Wilson provides the comic relief (and gets his comeuppance, even though I don’t think he really deserves any comeuppance), everyone on the boats seem like to each other, and they shout crazy exclamations when they’re in imminent danger. Also, there’s a Thai cover of Toni Basil’s “Mickey.”

I give The Meg 15 Chomps out of 25 Overboard.

This Is a Movie Review: Mile 22

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CREDIT: STXfilms

I give Mile 22 2 out of 5 Wristbands: http://newscult.com/movie-review-mile-22-mark-wahlberg-peter-berg-teamed-incomprehensible-collaboration-yet/

This Is a Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

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CREDIT: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC

I give Crazy Rich Asians 3.5 out of 5 Jade Rings: http://newscult.com/movie-review-wary-spectacle-crazy-rich-asians-stay-characters/

This Is a Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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CREDIT: Paramount Pictures

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is to Ethan Hunt what Spectre is to James Bond, but not that (transparently) insane and mostly successful. But what I really want to talk about is this idea that Hunt is irreplaceable. The conjecture that there is only person for the most dangerous jobs in the world is certainly compelling, but is it healthy? If we’re talking about how it applies to reality, certainly not. For the sake of the world and for the sake of their personal lives, experts and superheroes should have backups and successors in place. But when we’re talking about the cinematic medium, the calculus is a little different … or is it?

M:I isn’t the only spy and/or insane stunt franchise that has been killing it in the past 20 years, which means we’ve got our backups. And when Tom Cruise finally calls it quits (in a billion years or so), maybe a worthy Ethan Hunt successor will somehow run into our hearts. In the universe where the IMF exists, Hunt really shouldn’t place the entire weight of the world on his shoulders. But since this world is a fictional place, it’s working as it’s supposed to.

I give Mission: Impossible – Fallout 4 Cliffhangs out of 5 Shifting Allegiances.

This Is a Movie Review: BlacKkKlansman

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CREDIT: Focus Features

I give BlacKkKlansman 4.5 out of 5 Crank Calls: http://newscult.com/movie-review-wild-real-life-kkk-infiltration-makes-blackkklansman-essential-spike-lee-joint/

This Is a Movie Review: Never Goin’ Back

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CREDIT: A24

I give Never Goin’ Back 3 out of 5 Beer-Soaked Waitress Uniforms: https://uinterview.com/news/never-goin-back-movie-review-friendship-means-crude-shenanigans-in-the-hot-texas-summer/

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