Review: Ready Player One (2018)

How do you do, fellow kids?

by Benjamín Harguindey

Cashing in on 80s nostalgia, as you do, Steven Spielberg‘s Ready Player One (2018) – based on the 2011 hit novel of the same name by Ernest Cline – imagines a a future enveloped in a worldwide virtual reality where everybody’s leading fantasy lives online 24/7 and pop culture is king. So it’s more of a present-day dramatization, really. Let’s get to it.

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‘The Sopranos’ Returns

Don’t stop believing: prequel movie in the works.

by Benjamín Harguindey

In a world where Twin Peaks comes back 25 years after getting cancelled everything is possible, including the return of another television series hallmark such as The Sopranos, which also toted its own infamous puzzler of an ending.

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Review: Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)

Del Toro is gone and so is the magic.

by Benjamín Harguindey

It’s tempting to think of Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) less as a sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s mecha-vs.-kaiju love letter Pacific Rim (2013) and more as a franchise pitch, retconning any sense of urgency or achievement from the original movie while laying down the groundwork to “expand the universe”, as director Steven S. DeKnight has said. “You can go main canon, you can go spin-offs, you can go one-offs,” he goes on to fawn in the same interview.

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Review: Tomb Raider (2018)

Angelina wore it better.

by Benjamín Harguindey

Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug reboots the Tomb Raider series with Alicia Vikander taking over the role from Angelina Jolie. Disclaimer: I never quite got over the new casting, never mind that both are great actresses and Vikander’s Oscar is just as fresh as Jolie’s when she took over the mantle of one of gaming’s most iconic characters.

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Review: Phantom Thread (2017)

The discrete charm of PTA.

by Iñaki Oñate

Phantom Thread (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017) isn’t just a movie about clothes. It’s a movie mainly about neurosis, love and sickness.

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Review: Lady Bird (2017)

Slice of nostalgia served up in super-sized American style.

by Joanna van der Veen

Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut is a slice of nostalgia served up in super-sized American style: a beautifully realised coming of age tale that warms the cockles of your heart while subtly massaging your tear ducts.

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