Author: James Preston Poole

‘VENOM’ Review: “Tom Hardy Single-Handedly Saves This Mess”

The writing was on the wall for Venom before the cameras even started rolling. Producer Avi Arad has made a series of questionable decisions with Sony’s catalog of Marvel characters. After shoving Eddie Brock/Venom into Spider-Man 3 and attempting to build a shared universe with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Arad decided to combine these two ideas to make a movie

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‘mid90s’ REVIEW: “A Painfully Honest Writing-Directing Debut From Jonah Hill”

Coming-of-age stories are tough. Coming-of-age stories set in another era? Basically impossible. Every once in a while, you get a film like mid90s, one that trades in nostalgia for brutal emotional honesty in a way that feels authentic the pains of growing up. Maybe the missing ingredient was Jonah Hill all along. Making his writing-directing debut,

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‘OVERLORD’ Review: “The B-Movie To End All B-Movies”

With any J.J. Abrams-produced film, audiences expect a big mystery waiting to be unveiled. Overlord victim to this expectation early on, with eager fans labeling it anything from an adaptation of the Wolfenstein video games to the fourth entry in the Cloverfield series. Although the film isn’t either of those things, it is a total blast. Overlord, directed by Julius Avery,

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‘APOSTLE’ Review: “An Unforgettable Descent Into Hell”

Cults and gore and Dan Stevens, oh my! Acclaimed for his work on The Raid series, writer-director Gareth Evans ventures into new territory with Apostle, trading fisticuffs for terror in an unforgettable, albeit messy, descent into hell. On a mysterious island in 1905, Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) infiltrates a cult of religious fanatics to try and rescue his

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