Top Gun: Maverick – Old Flame, Same Fire

Thirty-six years after Top Gun and some pandemic-induced delays, Tom Cruise is back as the hotheaded fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a role that propelled his career into the stratosphere. With Top Gun: Maverick, director Joseph Kosinski managed to craft a sequel that successfully honors Tony Scott’s original and establishes its own story. THIS ARTICLE…

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Video Game Adaptations, Take Notes – Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a Blast

With so many references to the original video games, great character moments, and clever jokes for adults to enjoy, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the adaptation that has saved me from video game movie hell.

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Night’s End — Review

Horror is undergoing a modern renaissance. You know it. We know it. We’ve had new classics released as recently as this month. The return of horror to the mainstream has invited many exciting names to the forefront of the genre. Anyone who’s seen 2021’s V/H/S/94 knows that one of those names is Jennifer Reeder, director…

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SXSW Review | Ti West’s X is a Horror Gift that Keeps Giving

In 105 minutes, X manages to soar beyond its script limitations to a part comedy, part horror flick that never taps into unfamiliar territory. Yet West’s creative spotlight on porn surpasses expectations.

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Jujustu Kaisen 0 – Review

JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 will satisfy fans new and old with breathtaking animation, strong voice acting, likable characters, and an engaging story. Even those with limited anime experience will enjoy the tightly woven plot and universal themes. JUJUTSU KAISEN 0 follows the story of Yuta Okkotsu, a high school student who enrolls in the mysterious Tokyo…

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THE BATMAN Review – The Quintessential Bruce Wayne Story

The Batman is bold, brutal and one of the best superhero films of all time. In a superhero movie climate where cameos and roller-coaster action is the name of the game, The Batman answers back with cinema.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre — Review

The horror genre has seen an exceptional amount of growth over the last five years. Gore and ghouls are so popular now that some of us at CinemaDebate are just waiting for the day when the live action comic book empires commit to their scarier properties. Maybe that day will be here sooner rather than…

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Moonfall – Review

Disaster movies. What’s there to say about them? At times, they are mindless entertainment with a hint of family drama. Or, they can be the perfect opportunities for filmmakers to explore ethical conflict when it comes to government, humanity, and decision-making. But one thing’s for certain: Hollywood can’t seem to get enough of them. Roland…

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2022 Sundance Film Festival – Recap

After ten days, 84 feature films, and 59 shorts, the Sundance Film Festival completed its 2022 slate of programming. Fans around the world raved about their favorite features, documentaries, and shorts, the juries and audience deliberated on the best films of each category, and I experienced festival fatigue like never before… It was all for…

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Ranking the Midnight Section of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is a prestigious program of the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Committed to the growth and nurturing of independent artists, the annual film festival is a showcase for premieres of bold, innovative, and inspiring work that amplifies voices on an international scale. Each year, I…

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The Matrix Resurrections – Review

The Matrix Resurrections is a strong, meta-driven return to the iconic franchise. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss effortlessly return their roles while Lana Wachowski brings a bold artistic vision. The fourth film in the Matrix franchise, The Matrix Resurrections brings back many familiar faces. Reeves and Moss are back as Neo and Trinity, while Yahya…

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Spider-Man: No Way Home – Review | The Best MCU Movie

Spider-Man: No Way Home effortlessly combines high-stakes, incredible action sequences, and a darker, emotional core to become the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The following review is spoiler-free. Spider-Man: No Way Home is third and final film of Marvel’s “Home” trilogy, directly following the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home and continuing the…

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Our Film Ballot for the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Association unveiled their nominations for the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards. You can find the final nominations here: As Cinema Debate’s lead film critic, I am also part of the Critics Choice Association and participating in the ballot for this year’s nominees. Sheraz Farooqi’s NOMINATING BALLOT FOR THE 27th ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS…

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Eternals Review – A Mix of Chloé Zhao’s Imprint and MCU Tropes

Marvel’s Eternals boasts a keen directing eye—with beautiful shots throughout—but an inconsistent tone and one-dimensional themes prevent it from being among Marvel’s best. Chloé Zhao’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was an exciting announcement for both fans of Marvel and the director. After a Best Director Oscar win for Nomadland, the potential of a…

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