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12 Strong Is a Weak War Movie

My biggest issue with 12 Strong, “the declassified true story of the horse soldiers,” is that it never feels likes a true story. It instead feels like stilted, tacky, and heartless attempt at a war picture.

For instance, there is plenty of “the warrior is in the heart” talk and dialogue that feels like it belongs in an installment of The Karate Kid or Rocky.

Chris Hemsworth and Navid Negahban in 12 Strong

Chris Hemsworth and Navid Negahban in 12 Strong

That probably wasn’t the intention of Danish filmmaker Nicolai Fuglsig, but 12 Strong feels more like a campy action-movie rather than a serious, war-drama.

The movie tells the story of a dozen Army Special Forces (“Green Berets”) who are deployed into Afghanistan after 9/11. The group is ordered to work with a local warlord to strike down the Taliban, forcing them out of the country.

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Den of Thieves Movie Review

We also reviewed 12 Strong this week! See our review HERE
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The Commuter Is a Train That Should Be Stopped

In 2008 movie-goers realized Liam Neeson was an undiscovered, action icon after watching Taken. What they didn’t know is that Hollywood would exploit this idea for nearly a decade.

Liam Neeson in The Commuter

Liam Neeson in The Commuter

Fast-forward ten years and The Commuter, from director Jaume Collet-Serra, is now in theaters. Just four years after making a movie where Neeson is a gun-wielding hero on a plane, he is doing the same thing but this time—on a train.

After being fired from his job, a few years shy of his retirement, Michael (Neeson) sits on the commuter train debating how he is going to tell his wife and his son (a recently-accepted college student). That is when he is approached by a stranger (Vera Ferminga) and given a “hypothetical” question: would he be willing to identify a passenger who doesn’t belong for $100,000. With some persuasion, Michael accepts the task only to discover soon he is about to get way more than he bargained for.

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The Post Movie Review

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Insidious: The Last Key Should Be Locked Away

Insidious: The Last Key is the waving of the white flag for the franchise—it’s given up. The fourth installment (but the second film in sequential order) lacks energy and the creative drive the series began with, in the 2010 picture.

Insidious: The Last Key

Lin Shaye in Insidious: The Last Key

Lin Shaye returns as Dr. Elise Rainier, who must return to investigate her childhood home where she discovered her “gift.” Out of all of her cases, her house in Five Keys, New Mexico has haunted her the most and now she must face her biggest demon.

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I, Tonya Movie

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The Greatest Showman Movie Review

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The Shape of the Water Movie Review

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Movie Review

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Molly’s Game Movie Review

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