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Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site Qwipster.net, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.

Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site Qwipster.net, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.
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Film reviews by Vince Leo, author of the review site Qwipster.net, covering the latest blockbusters, independent films, foreign cinema, and VOD.

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@qwipsterpod

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)

8/5/2019
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Hattie (played by Vanessa Kirby) is an MI6 agent on a mission to keep a deadly virus named Snowflake, which can liquefy the internal organs of humans who contract it, from getting into the hands of a faction of mercenaries under the employ of an evil tech-based organization called Eteon, led by Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), a hi-tech assassin with technology-augmented senses that make him a swiss-army knife of deadly skills, something seen by the company as the future of a humanity soon to die...

Duration:00:10:51

Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood (2019) | Quentin Tarantino

7/28/2019
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Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Rick Dalton, a Hollywood star who is seeing his brightness fade in the ever-changing and fickle industry. Brad Pitt stars as Cliff Booth, his dedicated stuntman, chauffeur, and overall sidekick in life. The outlook looks bleaker each time out for both of them, as Dalton goes from leading-man roles in films to heavies on TV shows, mulling over advice to continue his career starring in Italian films rather than take a back seat in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Cliff ends up...

Duration:00:10:57

Fast Color (2018) | Julia Hart

7/18/2019
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Set sometime in a future in which natural resources like water have become scarce. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Ruth, a recovering drug addict on the run due to the fact that she just might be someone who possesses some sort of seizure that reveals an earth-shattering (literally) superpower that causes a shift in tectonic plates that never move, making her the target for experimentation from government scientists. Broke and desperate, she ends up returning to the rural home he ran away from when...

Duration:00:07:56

Shaft (2019) | Tim Story

7/12/2019
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Thirty years ago, J.J. (Jessie T. Usher) was fathered by Samuel L. Jackson's Shaft, who was immediately estranged from his kid by the mother, Maya, who wants to keep her child's life from the daily danger that Shaft is surrounded by. Shaft keeps his toe in the water with J.J. by sending presents on birthdays and holidays that often show how out of touch he is, not only in what's going on in J.J.'s life but also in what is acceptable by standards of our less politically incorrect world. J.J....

Duration:00:09:48

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) | Jon Watts

7/4/2019
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Jake Gyllenhaal gets to don the "fishbowl" as Quentin Beck, the interdimensional savior of Venice when a giant water monster surfaces to try to destroy the city. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) happens to be there at the time, as he has traveled to Europe for a week-long class trip. Peter, of course, is gifted with superhero powers, but doesn't have the "great responsibility of other incarnations of the character, and would rather just be a teenager and do teenage things, like trying to find a...

Duration:00:11:27

The Dead Don’t Die (2019) | Jim Jarmusch

6/25/2019
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After the Earth’s rotation is disturbed due to environmental fallout resulting from “polar fracking”, strange natural phenomena begin occurring all over the globe, including, in one area at least, the dead coming back to life to feast on the living. Bill Murray stars in his second zombie comedy as Cliff Robertson, the chief of police for the small, Mayberry-esque town of Centerville. He, along with his partner in fighting very little crime, officer Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver) find...

Duration:00:14:33

I Am Mother (2019) | Grant Sputore

6/19/2019
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n this thoughtful sci-fi film, Clara Rugaard plays a young teenager we only hear referred to as 'daughter' by 'mother', who is has an android body with a soothing woman's voice (Mother's finished voice-over acting provided by Rose Byrne). We soon come to find that Mother is an artificial intelligence robot that works within a facility that is raising children in order to learn how to properly nurture them to adulthood, for the purpose of one day repopulating the contaminated Earth that lies...

Duration:00:09:32

Men In Black: International (2019) | F. Gary Gray

6/15/2019
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For this fourth entry in the series, out are Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Instead, we get two new characters to follow working for the super-secret government organization to protect Earth from interdimensional threats and to keep knowledge of alien lifeforms away from human knowledge. The two are Tessa Thompson’s newly on-board Agent M and Chris Hemsworth’s roguish veteran named Agent H. The two “Men in Black” get their assignment from their boss, High T (Liam Neeson), to look after an...

Duration:00:08:58

Dark Phoenix (2019) | Simon Kinberg

6/12/2019
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The plot, initially set in 1992 after a prologue with a tragic event in Jean Grey's childhood back in 1975, continues with the First Class set of mutants and involves a presidentially sanctioned trip into space in order to rescue a space shuttle. Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) commits an act of heroism in trying to keep the space shuttle together as the crew is rounded up to safety, absorbing a massive wave of energy that should have easily taken her life. She ends up surviving the ordeal, much...

Duration:00:12:24

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) | Michael Dougherty

6/9/2019
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Eco-terrorist Alan Jonah (Charles Dance), who has taken as hostage a paleobiologist under the employ of the Titan-research group known as Monarch, Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga), along with her teenage daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), to utilize Orca, an experimental mind-control technology she created to try to control the Titans, the giant monsters of the Earth that he sees as protecting the planet from humanity's continued exploitation and destruction, effectively by destroying...

Duration:00:04:49

Always Be My Maybe (2019) | Nahnatchka Khan

6/1/2019
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The main premise is that two childhood friends, Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park), end up consummating their time growing up together as Asian-American teens in San Francisco with their first sexual experience, only to find their friendship has become awkward after going beyond the friend zone. These besties soon drift apart and lose connection as they progress into adulthood, with Sasha hitting the big time by becoming one of the most successful celebrity chefs in Los...

Duration:00:10:38

Booksmart (2019) | Olivia Wilde

5/27/2019
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BFFs Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) have busted their tails off academically all through high school to set themselves up for post-graduation excellence, with Molly accepted to Yale and Amy going on a mission to help the poor in Africa. Their world gets rocked when they realize that the kids around them that looked like they just lived for partying are also going to similarly great colleges, or have lucrative careers waiting for them. Upset that they sacrificed all their...

Duration:00:11:30

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) | Chad Stahelski

5/19/2019
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John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum spins off its plot from something that happens in the second chapter, namely that John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is now "excommunicado" by the High Table that controls the world's leading organization of assassins for killing someone inside the assassin's "sacred ground" of the Continental Hotel in New York - a big no-no. that sees a huge bounty put on his head. John has very few places he can run, and he'll eventually run out of safe havens, but he means to keep...

Duration:00:10:42

The Professor (2018) | Wayne Roberts

5/18/2019
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Johnny Depp stars as an English professor for a prestigious New England college named Richard Brown who learns he has late-stage lung cancer and probably only six months to live without treatment, which he doesn't plan on seeking. On top of this, Richard is also a terminally bored, self-absorbed jerk whose own life has been falling apart long before this diagnosis. His wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) is cheating on him, with the chancellor at his school (Ron Livingston), no less. Now he can say...

Duration:00:06:20

Wine Country (2019) | Amy Poehler

5/12/2019
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Amy Poehler directs her first feature film with Netflix's WINE COUNTRY, about six women who question their friendships and futures when they take a girls' trip to Napa Valley, California, to celebrate the 50th birthday of one of them. Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Emily Spivey, Tina Fey, Jason Schwartzman star for fans of old "Saturday Night Live".

Duration:00:07:45

Long Shot (2019) | Jonathan Levine

5/6/2019
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In this raunchy romantic comedy, schlubby Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen), an established left-wing journalist whose uncompromisingly progressive Brooklyn-based online news site has found itself taken over by a right-wing corporatist that he refuses to kowtow to. Due to his deep-seated principles, Fred quits immediately, but he's bummed out at having to start over again. His best friend, Lance (O'Shea Jackson Jr.) takes him out to blow off some steam and forget hir troubles for a while with a...

Duration:00:08:59

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile (2019) | Joe Beringer

5/4/2019
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This biopic on Ted Bundy covers mostly the ten years between 1969 and 1979, where we find the seemingly sweet courtship of single mom Liz Kendall (Lily Collins) on the part of Ted Bundy (Zac Efron), who seems like an ideal dream man when they meet and seems to be a loving and nurturing father figure to her young daughter over the years. Things take a turn when Bundy leaves their home in Seattle to attend law school in Utah, especially when he gets tagged as a suspect in a kidnapping and...

Duration:00:08:32

Avengers: Endgame (2019) | Joe & Anthony Russo

4/25/2019
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Endgame starts in a world following "the snap" delivered by Thanos that extinguished half of all life within the galaxy in an instant, without a trace, in his effort to bring what he feels is a much-needed balance and tranquility caused by overcrowding interests. After a brief intro, we fast forward five years to find a world that has had trouble moving on from the loss of their many loved ones, especially the surviving Avengers (conveniently, all the characters that comprised of the first...

Duration:00:12:36

Hellboy (2019) | Neil Marshall

4/17/2019
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In this Neil Marshall reboot, we already have an established the scarlet-bodied Hellboy (David Harbour) as part of the B.P.R.D. (Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense), working for his adoptive father, Professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm (Ian McShane), in corraling and eradicating malevolent supernatural menaces wherever they may arise around the world. Hellboy reunites with Alice Monaghan (Sasha Lane), a powerful medium, and a cat-beast man named Major Ben Daimio (Daniel Dae Kim), in...

Duration:00:09:33

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) | Terry Gilliam

4/10/2019
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Film-maker Terry Gilliam has finally made it to the finish line with his seemingly quixotic quest to make a film version of Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote", decades in the making. Adam Driver is the main star, playing a hot-shot hothead director named Toby, who is attempting to shoot a commercial in Los Sueños (aka, “The Dreams”), Spain with elements of Miguel de Cervantes’ epic, “Don Quixote”. He’s been down this road before, a decade prior, shooting it as a low-budget student film when...

Duration:00:10:08