Peter Debruge

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‘Wish Dragon’ Review: Hong Kong-Set Netflix Movie Makes Up in Attitude What It Lacks in Originality

“Wish Dragon” is well aware that “Aladdin” got there first. Making his spirited feature debut, dream-big animation director Chris Appelhans pretty much assumes you’ll be thinking of Disney’s blue genie when his...

‘Awake’ Review: Netflix Thriller About a Sleep Deprivation Pandemic Has Opposite Effect

In director Mark Raso’s occasionally engaging but mostly frustrating sci-fi thriller, an unexplained event causes a massive electromagnetic pulse that fries most electronics and leaves nearly all of humanity incapable of sleep....

In a Perfect World, 91-Year-Old Clint Eastwood Would Keep Shooting Forever

There’s no putting Clint Eastwood out to pasture. Clint turns 91 today, and it’s worth celebrating the fact that this Hollywood legend is still turning out work at a faster clip and...

‘Oslo’ Review: Timely HBO Movie Tackles Landmark Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Perhaps it’s time for another meeting between officials from Israel and Palestine like the series of off-the-books negotiations that took place in Oslo, Norway, back in 1993. Those sessions — conducted in...

‘Dance of the 41’ Review: Mexican Netflix Drama Spotlights a 19th-Century Queer Scandal

November 1901. Mexico City. A police raid on a high-society private party leads to the arrest of 42 men. Nineteen are found wearing lavish ball gowns that matched the opulence of the...

‘Undergods’ Review: Chino Moya’s Striking Vision of an Upside-Down Future

In the opening scene of Chino Moya’s grimmer-than-Grimm dystopian fairy tale collection, “Undergods,” a pair of grungy near-future garbagemen scour the ruins of a ghostly former metropolis looking for bodies. Like the...

‘The Virtuoso’ Review: Don’t Let the Title of This Amateur Thriller Mislead You

Less than a week after Anthony Hopkins won his second Academy Award for “The Father,” a dud called “The Virtuoso” arrives to make you wonder if they gave it to the wrong...

‘The Marijuana Conspiracy’ Review: Research Study Amounts to a Case of Reefer Sadness

For moviegoers accustomed to stoner-dude protagonists, “The Marijuana Conspiracy” offers a nice change. The Canadian drama, set in 1972, is full of Mary Janes. Okay, really just one Mary and one Jane....

Peter Debruge

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