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Identity Politics Completely Ruined ‘The Eternals,’ And Superhero Films In General

This past weekend, Marvel’s new big-budget superhero movie “The Eternals” proved to be a super disappointment, earning $71 million domestically and $90 million internationally—the lowest opening for a Marvel movie this year, a bad sign of things to come. “The Eternals” seemed to have all the right elements: great special effects, a formerly quarantined fanbase eager to consume Marvel blockbusters…

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Action And Charisma Can’t Make Up For Hollow Storytelling In Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’

$362 million—that’s how much Walt Disney Studios reportedly spent on summer blockbuster hopeful “Jungle Cruise,” a supernatural-tinged adventure about a scientist and riverboat captain sailing down the Amazon in pursuit of a mystical item that will bring healing and restore zombie-like humans to life. If it sounds like a highlight reel for Disney’s “Pirates” franchise, you’re spot on (more than…

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Even Though It Was Done Last Year, ‘A Quiet Place II’ Is A Post-Pandemic Movie

Warning: Spoilers ahead. “A Quiet Place II” premiered in New York City on March 8, 2020. Shortly thereafter, the world shut down and it didn’t see a full theatrical release until May 28 of this year. While the movie’s plot, a continuation of 2018’s “A Quiet Place,” aligns neatly with what was happening in real life — people hiding out…

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‘The Woman In The Window’ Shows Joe Wright Is No Hitchcock

Can a good story, talented team, and compelling themes coalesce into a bad movie? Surprisingly, yes, as with Netflix’s thriller “The Woman in the Window.”  An agoraphobic, recently separated woman named Anna (Amy Adams) spends her days spying on neighbors through a camera lens and her nights in the cool glow of classic Hollywood movies. When she thinks she witnesses…

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