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'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

Retro-cool

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Retro-cool

Within the first two minutes of the retro-cool and warmhearted animated crime-thriller spoof The Bad Guys, we can tell we're in for something refreshingly original - because those two minutes (and change) consist of a single, unbroken shot in a diner that is a clear homage to the prologue of

Back on track

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Back on track

The third time's the Disarming Charm.  That's one of the classes they teach in the second year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, don't ya know, and while we take only a brief excursion to the future learning institution of Harry Potter and friends in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets

'Morbius' underwhelms

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'Morbius' underwhelms

All those movie Batmen have the impressive costumery, and in some cases the cool, bat-based toys, and those pricey Batcave living quarters, and sometimes there are even some actual bats hovering about - but as far as I can recall, none of 'em has ever injected himself with actual bat

'Bridgerton' is back

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'Bridgerton' is back

When you think about it, the Netflix original sensation that was Bridgerton is essentially a fictional, period-piece version of The Bachelor, what with all these impossibly good-looking, mostly shallow, gossip-mongering people - most of them never inconvenienced by a daily work schedule - gathering for another season of orchestrated romance,

'The Lost City' is over-the-top and silly

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'The Lost City' is over-the-top and silly

Let's start with the jumpsuit. The glittery, spangly, skintight, plunging-neckline, raspberry-colored jumpsuit Sandra Bullock sports throughout much of the loud and unfunny and flat and derivative Romancing the Stone knockoff The Lost City, as if she's wandered in from a mediocre 1980s sitcom. Bullock's Loretta Sage is wedged into that

'The Outfit' is gripping

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'The Outfit' is gripping

In the late 1950s, the FBI planted a rudimentary listening device behind the radiator in a Michigan Avenue tailor shop often frequented by Chicago mob bosses, and thus gathered a wealth of information about notorious chiefs such as Sam Giancana and Anthony "Joe Batters" Accardo. The Chicago-born writer-director Graham Moore

'Winning Time' is big fun

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'Winning Time' is big fun

It was Showtime, folks. The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s were the most glamorous organization in the history of American sports, from the immensely talented lineups led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Earvin "Magic" Johnson that produced five NBA titles to the Hollywood stars in the stands (Hello, Jack!) to the

'The Batman'

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'The Batman'

We're calling The Batman a superhero movie because it's another telling of the tale of one of the most iconic comic-book characters in American history - but in terms of tone and scope and storyline, Matt Reeves' reboot of the ever-fruitful franchise is more of a film noir than a

'Dog' has heart

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'Dog' has heart

From the ridiculously simple title to the elevator-pitch premise of Channing Tatum as a broken-down former Army Ranger who has to deliver a troublemaking retired military dog to the memorial service for the dog's human partner, we know exactly where Dog is going to take us; it's as predictable as

Uncharted is lost

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Uncharted is lost

After nearly a decade and a half in Development Purgatory, the movie adaptation of the popular video game franchise Uncharted finally hits big screens - and you'd think that somewhere along that 14-year timeline, they would have remembered to put an actual movie inside the movie. You know how they say

'Death on the Nile' manages to entertain

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'Death on the Nile' manages to entertain

When we think of the greatest mustachioed characters in movie history, certain names come to mind: Rhett Butler and Rufus T. Firefly, Charlie Chaplin in myriad roles and even the likes of the Stranger in The Big Lebowski, Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Bill "The Butcher" Cutting

The two sides of Terry Bradshaw

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The two sides of Terry Bradshaw

"If there's one thing in my life I do wish I had ... I wish I was loved and respected ... like Brady, Peyton, Roger Staubach. ... I never had that kind of respect. And I wish I did." - Terry Bradshaw In the wake of an epic playoff season, and

Downton Abbey’s American cousin

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Downton Abbey’s American cousin

From January of 2011 through March of 2016, legions of faithful American fans of Downton Abbey tuned in to PBS every Sunday night to revel in the upstairs-downstairs adventures of the Earl and Countess of Grantham, their immediate and extended family and friends, and, of course, the equally compelling staffers

Goodbye Ray Donovan

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Goodbye Ray Donovan

The most shocking death in the history of the blood-soaked Showtime series Ray Donovan was the hit taken out on the show itself in January 2020 - a move that blindsided the creators, who had ended Season 7 with a number of cliffhangers in the mistaken belief there would be

Time to Scream again

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Time to Scream again

As evidenced by such recent films as Halloween Kills and Ghostbusters: Afterlife and The Matrix Resurrections, it can be a tricky thing to stage a reunion of beloved characters from a franchise that debuted long ago, so we hoped for the best but feared for mediocrity when it was announced

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