The entire time I’m watching “M3GAN” in the theater, I’m imagining not a brilliant computer mind scheming its next move, but a table of writers saying to each other, “Hey, how about she does this?”—and every single one of their ideas is a scary movie or robot movie cliché.
Review: A baby for sale in Korean drama ‘Broker’
The Korean drama “Broker” begins like a noir. A young woman walks slowly in the pouring rain in the middle of the night in Busan, her flimsy hood doing little to keep her dry.
Fraser and Chau in “The Whale”: beaching on a shore near you
Brendan Fraser and Hong Chau star in “The Whale,” a film by Darren Aronofsky that has already garnered 16 awards and 54 nominations for more awards.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” triggers longing for the simple, peaceful life
“Happiness is simple,” says Jake Sully. The problem with happiness, and Pandora, the planet where James Cameron’s “Avatar” and now “Avatar: The Way of Water” take place, is that if you “love it too much,” you can also lose it.
“Slumberland”: As much about the waking as the dream world
If I were the same age as “Slumberland’s” heroine, Nemo, perhaps around 12, this would have instantly become my new favorite fantasy movie. Netflix’s “Slumberland” has everything that a movie for youngsters on the cusp of adulthood should have—imagination, humor, enigmatic fantastical creatures, and dreams—everything we need to escape the hardships of real life.
In “The Menu,” revenge has multiple courses and even the hot dishes are cold
In “The Menu,” directed by Mark Mylod and starring Ralph Fiennes as chef Julian Slowak and Hong Chau as his loyal majordomo, Elsa, doom and discomfort are what’s for dinner.
“Blockbuster” TV show nostalgic about movie rental era — if you remember it
Netflix released its new comedy TV series, “Blockbuster,” on Nov 3. It was ranked number seven in TV shows on the streaming service over its release weekend—although I’d attribute a lot of that to newness.
“Hollywood Chinese”—From yellowface to the year 2000
Filmmaker and writer Arthur Dong, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists, watched hundreds of hours of film preparing for his new curated series, “Hollywood Chinese: The First 100 Years,” starting Nov. 4 at Los Angeles’ Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
“The School for Good and Evil”: a storybook world where things are kinda messed up
The School for Good and Evil has got a problem with its curriculum. The school master is on a kind of permanent vacation, its teachers are uninspired, and its students are shallow and thoughtless (is that one thing?).
“Black Adam”: Stop preaching to me, comic book movies!
When does justice become revenge? If someone kills your family, and you go after them, is that justice or revenge? Also, do you put them in prison or go for the whole “eye for an eye” thing and kill them?
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