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'The Black Phone'

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'The Black Phone'

From the movie-opening shot of a can of Coors being cracked open, to the well-timed use of period-piece pop hits, to backyard toy rocket launchers, to the convenience stores with pinball machines, to the two-tone raglan baseball T-shirts worn by the kids, to the brown-and-gold color schemes in the working-class

'Elvis'

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'Elvis'

The numbers vary from internet source to internet source, but the general consensus seems to be there were something like 200 Elvis Presley impersonators in the world at the time of the King's death in 1977 and the number has grown to at least 35,000 today. And we're not even

'Jurassic World: Dominion'

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'Jurassic World: Dominion'

Certain scenes in Jurassic World: Dominion are reminiscent of 1980s romantic adventure films such as Romancing the Stone, in which circumstances place two people in a precarious situation as love begins to bubble up between them.  At other times, it feels like a Godzilla movie, as giant, roaring, teeth-baring CGI apex

What a 'Marvel'

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What a 'Marvel'

We often see profile pieces in which someone of a certain age is asked what they would say to their younger self - what type of wisdom they'd impart, the advice they'd give, that sort of thing. I never have to worry about that, because Doc Brown gave me a

A promising start

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A promising start

"You seem kind of old and beat up." - One character's assessment of Obi-Wan Kenobi when they first meet.  In advance of the new six-part series Obi-Wan Kenobi, the fine folks at Disney+ recommended we watch or re-watch the following Star Wars titles: The Phantom Menace Attack of the Clones The Clone Wars Movie The

'Top Gun: Maverick'

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'Top Gun: Maverick'

Tom Cruise had his breakthrough moment in 1983's Risky Business and planted his flag as an A-list headliner with Top Gun in 1986, and he's never NOT been a major movie star (with a carefully cultivated image) ever since. Now comes the much-delayed, highly anticipated Top Gun: Maverick, and the

Welcome back 'Downton'

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Welcome back 'Downton'

They really could have called this one Downton Abbey: Same Old Familiar Faces, and I mean that in the best way possible, because it's been such an unexpected treat to have not one but two feature-length continuations of the Crawley Family Saga. For while Julian Fellowes' meticulously appointed, wickedly funny,

'Operation Mincemeat'

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'Operation Mincemeat'

From Operation Crossbow (1965) to Enigma (2002) to The Imitation Game (2014) to Hacksaw Ridge (2016), we've seen so many movies shining the spotlight on real-life heroes, many of them not hugely well-known, from World War II. Time and again, just when we think there can't possibly be a made-for-Hollywood

Summer movie preview

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Summer movie preview

Editor's note: The following is a list of summer movies Richard is looking forward to. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)  Feels like there's a multiverse of multiverses these days, and I fully expect to get lost in the weeds at some point during this latest chapter from

'The Northman' is a beautiful and violent saga

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'The Northman' is a beautiful and violent saga

Robert Eggers' bloody and bone-cracking and yet beautiful Viking saga The Northman is set primarily in 10th-century Iceland - but every frame of this 137-minute epic makes us feel as if we've been plunged neck-deep into the violent dread of Dante's Seventh Circle of Hell. Even the kings and queens

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