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Welcome to The Reel Deal: movie reviews and happening from the mind of David Palmer.

I like movies, like kind of a lot. I’ve been seeing them since 1994 and reviewing them since 2011.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the movies!

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‘The Woman King’ Review: A Cool Story, Averagely Told

Lashana Lynch could decapitate me and I would thank her. “The Woman King” tells the story of the Agojie, a group of women soldiers (led by Viola Davis) who protected the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, and John Boyega also star as Gina Prince-Bythewood directs. I’m… Continue reading ‘The Woman King’ Review: A Cool Story, Averagely Told

‘Pinocchio’ Review: A Remake as Wooden and Lifeless as a Puppet

Disney stop remaking all your animated classics challenge. “Pinocchio” is the latest live-adaptation of an original animated film by Disney. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film follows the little wooden puppet who comes alive after a magical wish. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth voices the titular character, with Tom Hanks as Geppetto and Cynthia Erivo, Giuseppe Battiston,… Continue reading ‘Pinocchio’ Review: A Remake as Wooden and Lifeless as a Puppet

‘The Invitation’ Review: Feel Free to Kindly Decline

A bad August horror film? Now I’ve seen it all! “The Invitation” stars Nathalie Emmanuel as a young American woman who discovers she has distant family in England, only upon arriving realize they have a sinister secret. Jessica M. Thompson directs and co-writes, as Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alana Boden, Courtney Taylor, Hugh Skinner, and… Continue reading ‘The Invitation’ Review: Feel Free to Kindly Decline

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‘They/Them’ Review: A Slasher Low on Scares, High on Snores

When the title is the best part thing about your film, you’re in trouble. “They/Them” is the directorial debut of screenwriter John Logan, and follows a group of teens who attend a gay conversion camp (run by Kevin Bacon), only to be stalked by a masked killer. Jason Blum produces through his Blumhouse banner. When… Continue reading ‘They/Them’ Review: A Slasher Low on Scares, High on Snores

‘Bullet Train’ Review: All Aboard for a Bloody (Mostly) Good Time

It’s rare, but sometimes a trailer depicts a film for exactly what it is. “Bullet Train” is based off the Japanese novel of the same name, and stars Brad Pitt as an unlucky American assassin who gets caught up in a conspiracy aboard a moving Shinkansen (or, “bullet train”). Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree… Continue reading ‘Bullet Train’ Review: All Aboard for a Bloody (Mostly) Good Time

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