Posts byAdam Bumas

Review: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

The Best Since 2001

  2001: A Space Odyssey starts with the now-immortal image of the earliest form of humanity: An ape, using tools, which excites and inspires all the other apes. We don’t learn much about the ape’s story in the movie (The fascinatingly different novel version calls him “Moon-Watcher”), but the movie is all about that kind
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Watch the Throne in BLACK PANTHER’s Teaser Trailer

There's a teaser poster too, but we all know why you're here.

Serious question: Were there people out there who weren’t expecting Ryan Coogler’s Afro-futurist take on Black Panther to be anything but transcendent? The movie’s teaser trailer – released surprisingly early in tonight’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals – was never going to be surprising in terms of sheer quality or the command and breadth
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DARK STAR: The Chest From Which ALIEN Burst

Whatever PROMETHEUS told you, the Xenomorph's real origins were in a student film by (yes, really) John Carpenter.

Dark Star is the movie every kid in film school hopes to make. It was made for a term project between 1970 and 1973: Cheap yet ambitious, offbeat yet identifiable, and…not really much good at all when judged as a professional wide-release movie, but no one really does that because of the magnitude of the
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Review: THE CIRCLE

Just like so much modern technology, the update only makes things worse.

Warning: This review contains discussion of spoilers  – not spoilers themselves – for The Circle. Which is to say, not “Darth Vader is Luke’s father”, but “Empire Strikes Back ends with a shocking revelation about Darth Vader’s origins.” Read at your own risk. Just by existing, James Ponsoldt’s The Circle already has me in its corner.
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LIFE Review: The Banal Frontier

It’s a perfectly competent slasher-in-space, but should that be enough?

I have to say this up at the top: I can’t and won’t abide by referring to this sci-fi horror movie by its title. There’s just too large a space for puns and double meanings that would get old even if I was doing my best to avoid them. Whenever it comes up, instead of
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KONG: SKULL ISLAND: Attack Of The 50-Foot Blockbuster

A story of big movies, bigger creatures, and untamed entertainment.

King Kong doesn’t work like most monsters. The creatures that endure in the public consciousness for centuries tend to be ill-defined – shadowy menaces, alluring in their danger as much as their mystery. Kong, by contrast, is a massive, hairy, open book of an unnatural beast. How’d he get so huge? He was born like
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