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March 25, 2022

DUNE

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ColeSmithey.comA dishwater war narrative masquerading as sci-fi.

Pshaw.

Oh the battles fought in a desert.

Sound familiar Americans?

So much sand.

So much capitalism. 

"It Begins."

However there is no reason to believe that the filmmakers will finish what they started with this first installment in an ostensible "Dune" series of films.

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As is Hollywood's way, they always promise something they never intend to deliver.

Some people are fooled into believing that because Denis Villeneuve is French, he must be some great director. 

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Look at "Blade Runner 2049." 

What a joke.

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"Dune" is a fine thing to have projected on your wall (without sound) to add atmosphere to a party, but you couldn't call it much of a movie. 

Rated PG-13. 155 mins.

1 Star

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February 21, 2022

SWAN SONG

ColeSmithey.comJust as half-baked as its unfinished poster promises.

Newbie writer/director Benjamin Cleary gets in over his head trying to break into features with this limp sci-fi lite.

Mahershala Ali gets hung out to dry as a dying man who opts to have a clone take over his life to spare his family's pain.

The winds of drama barely blow in this film's near future.

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It could be a good movie to nap to.

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Oops. Drool.

Rated R. 112 mins. 

ZERO STARS

COLE SMITHEY

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January 02, 2021

THE MIDNIGHT SKY

Midnight_skyYou might need coffee. As a filmmaker, George Clooney still has some things to learn about pacing, shifting tempos, and editing. “The Midnight Sky” is far from being near perfect but still manages to hit its emotional marks regardless. The special effects are impressive even if some of its plot aspects test the boundaries of logic and reason.

Based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s doomsday sci-fi novel, the bleak narrative about mankind’s last gasp on planet Earth ebbs more than it flows. George Clooney turns in a reliably solid performance as Augustine, an Omega man scientist performing mental gymnastics in order to warn approaching astronauts aboard a colossal space station about Earth’s inhabitable condition following a nuclear disaster. Demián Bichir is especially memorable as astronaut Sanchez.

Midnight Sky

One of “Midnight Sky’s” most notable elements is its place as a big budget film made outside of the Hollywood system, it this case by Netflix. Move over Hollywood, there's a new sheriff in town.

Rated PG. 158 mins. 

Four Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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