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In The Last Duel, Ridley Scott directs a historical drama based on a 2014 book, retelling events that have passed into French cultural legend regarding the last “trial by combat” in medieval France, 1386.

The screenplay is written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said (2013)

Halloween Kills, the second entry of the planned trilogy from David Gordon Green — Pineapple Express (2008), Joe (2013), Stronger (2017) — , is something approximating hot and bloody garbage made with studio money and genre formula and not much else. It is packed with brutal kill scenes, perplexing survival…

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Spoiler notice: this review references minor plot points and scenarios, and gives some basic background info on the story and world of Dune, but does not spoil any twists, reveals, or major events in the plot.

Alongside No Time To Die (2021), Dune (2021) heralds the opening back up of…

Sometimes in cinema — if not often, once in a blue moon — masterpieces cleverly disguise themselves as lighthearted entertainment. They’re easy to consume, make you laugh, scare you, leave you completely entertained, but are also masterfully crafted stories that reach deep into human nature and explore its depths.

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