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Judas and the Black Messiah arrives on the heels of other films representing seminal moments in Black history, such as One Night in Miami and The Trial of the Chicago 7. Directed by Shaka King, it portrays Fred Hampton, a firebrand and an influential leader of the Black Panther party, through the eyes of his betrayer, car thief and FBI informant William O’Neal. It recontextualizes Hampton as a magnetic personality and skilled orator, which had been overshadowed by his tragic death in a FBI raid.

When FBI agent Roy Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) offers Bill O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) to infiltrate the…


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When The Groundhog Day came out twenty-eight years ago, who would have thought it would launch a genre of time loop movies almost two decades afterwards? But that has indeed been the case: from slashers like the Happy Death Day franchise to romcoms like Palm Springs, the time loop genre is becoming increasingly more populated. Which makes it difficult for The Map of Tiny Perfect Things to make an impression. It’s concept has already been explored, even in the same genre. Still, it manages to carve out its space within the genre, thanks to its earnest take on timeloop romcoms.


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To All The Boys I Loved Before was part of Netflix’s 2018 wave of romcom revivals. While there were other good movies like Always Be My Maybe, it’s All The Boys that spawned two sequels. While the first sequel, To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You didn’t recapture the heights of the original, the third and final entry in the romcom franchise, To All The Boys: Always and Forever, feels more subdued and realistic, despite copious amounts of saccharine poured into the heart of the movie.

Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) returns from a vacation in Seoul, intent…


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Malcolm & Marie is, at once, both captivating and exhausting. Produced during the pandemic and filmed at a single location with only two actors, it features strong, bold performances from its leads and a gorgeous black and white cinematography by Marcell Rev, who also collaborated with director Sam Levinson on Assassination Nation and Euphoria. However, it feels like a 25 minute stretched out into a 80 minute feature film- an exercise in excess despite the film’s simple structure.

Malcolm (John David Washington) has returned home with his girlfriend, Marie (Zendaya) after the successful premiere of his new movie. He dances…


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Directed by Jo Sung-Hee, Space Sweepers is the first of its kind: a space sci-fi epic that looks gorgeous despite a lean budget of only $21.5 million. It takes inspiration liberally from sources like Cowboy Bebop, Guardians of the Galaxy and Elysium, but the result is more than the sum of its parts.

In 2092, the Earth has become uninhabitable due to overwhelming air pollution. The wealthy elite have relocated to orbital cities built by the UTS corporation, leaving the rest of the population behind to scrape by with what little resources remain. Tae-ho (Song Joong-ki), a former UTS operative…


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The Little Things feels like a relic from a bygone era, and for good reason too. It’s not just that the film is set in 1990- the script itself was written by John Lee Hancock in 1993. The 90s saw a resurgence of dark crime thrillers, from The Silence of the Lambs to Se7en and many other imitators in between. The film echoes elements that feel tired now, almost thirty years after its inception, but perhaps they were more original back when the script was initially conceived.

Joe Deacon (Denzel Washington) is a washed-up LA detective who now works in…


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Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors is the second season of the Criminal Justice series, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t accessible to viewers who haven’t watched the first season. Following on the footsteps of the original series on BBC, Behind Closed Doors picks a complicated- and timely- subject matter in the form of a domestic abuse victim who is being tried for her husband’s murder. Thing is, not even she is truly aware that she has been abused.

The lawyer community is rattled when Bikram Chandra (Jisshu Sengupta) is murdered by his wife, Anu (Kirti Kulhari). The police use her…


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The last five years have been good if you’re a Hitman fan. Sure, we also got the laughably ridiculous film Htiman: Agent 47 and then there’s the general miasma of living under the Trump administration, but we have been spoiled with the release of the Htiman: World of Assassination trilogy, which took the promise of older titles like Hitman: Blood Money and realized it on a much greater scale. Hitman 3 completes the story that began in 2016’s Hitman, featuring six new maps as well as all the content of the previous two games.

Hitman 3 starts off strong, with…


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Cyberpunk 2077 was supposed to be the biggest video game launch of the last five years. Developer CD Projekt Red gained a lot of goodwill with the success of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and their new game seemed to have all the makings of a hit as well. However, as the game was delayed three times, it became apparent that the developer was making its employees work through crunch for extended periods of time, and when the game finally launched, people realized that it needed a lot more work. Despite CD Projekt Red’s ongoing efforts to fix the game…


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If you saw Tandav’s trailer, you might have already seen the warning signs. Sure, the show boasts a stellar cast and a director (Ali Abbas Zafar) who is known for directing Salman Khan blockbusters, but its story is overblown and predictable, despite addressing real world controversies. While the series has its flaws, it doesn’t deserve the abysmally low ratings it has been receiving on IMDB, mostly by viewers and anti-fans angered by its controversies surrounding religion.

Samar Pratap Singh (Saif Ali Khan) makes a powerplay to secure his seat as the country’s next PM by taking his father off the…

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