Netflix’s I Lost My Body Review

I Lost My Body is currently streaming on Netflix.

One of Netflix's more curious acquisitions this past year is a gorgeous and hypnotically haunting animated feature that made an award-winning splash at the Cannes Film Festival: Jérémy Clapin's I Lost My Body.

Clapin is adapting a book here -- Happy Hand, by Guillaume Laurant (who's worked as a writer on such films as Amélie and The City of Lost Children) -- though this apparently isn't Clapin's first piece of animation to merge emotional unrest with traumatic physical displacement.

The story is like a tragic moving poem, and while it doesn't directly tether themes together in an obvious manner, there's definitely an idea at play regarding loss and longing mirroring the actual splitting of one's corporeal self.

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Uncut Gems Review

Uncut Gems opens in limited theatrical release Dec. 13 and in wider release on Dec. 25.

You never know when Adam Sandler is going to emerge from lowbrow comedies set in tropical locales to really, really make something. But when he does, he sure collaborates with some fascinating artists. From Paul Thomas Anderson to Noah Baumbach to, now, Josh and Benny Safdie, directing brothers who have slowly but surely emerged into the larger cinematic conversation by making small but very effective, stylish films about what many would consider “real New Yorkers,” when Sandler gets serious, he also gets experimental. Just as the Safdies’ last film, Good Time, gave rise to career-best work from Robert Pattinson, Uncut Gems shows us an Adam Sandler we’ve never seen before.

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Disney World Ride Review

Editor's note: Despite IGN being in the business of reviews for more than a decade, theme park ride reviews are still new for us - but we know that they're of interest to a portion of our audience, especially when they're based on franchises we care about. We want to offer an honest assessment of whether we believe a theme park attraction is worth your time, just as we do with games, movies, and TV shows, with the caveat that your own experience will undoubtedly be colored by what you enjoy most about theme park rides, so we encourage you to visit the park and experience it for yourself if you can, and share your thoughts on how we can make these reviews more useful to you in the comments!

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The Aeronauts Review

Amazon Studios will release The Aeronauts in theaters on December 6th. The film will be available on Prime Video December 20th.

Welcome to prestige pic season, when a parade of biopics will be launched in hopes of scoring critical praise soaring into the Academy Awards. Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are no strangers to the tribulations and exhilaration of award season, having earned matching Academy Award nominations for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. Redmayne even went on to win. So, perhaps they hoped lightning would strike twice as they reteamed for The Aeronauts, another historical drama of human triumph and scientific endeavor. However, this one is a major misfire, stretching the bounds of patience as well as the legitimacy of "based on real events."

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1917 Review

This is a spoiler-free advance review for 1917, which opens in limited release December 25 and in wide release January 10, 2020.

Set over less than 24 hours on the Western Front, the harrowing 1917 is both simple in its story and breathtaking in its execution, intimate yet epic. Director Sam Mendes has delivered a completely engrossing survival thriller about two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), on a perilous mission behind enemy lines.

Neither soldier is written to be particularly exceptional upon their introduction; they’re just two of the countless Everyman troops fighting in the First World War. It’s their very ordinariness and almost anonymous nature that lends this duo immediate sympathy and relatability. Blake and Schofield could be anyone, but they’ve been tasked with doing something extraordinary and heroic in the face of relentless danger: To deliver a time-sensitive message to another division to prevent them from falling into a German trap. If they fail to deliver it then 1600 soldiers, including Blake’s older brother, will die.

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Little Women Review

After her critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated directorial debut Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig could have taken on any project in the world, and at first glance her choice was a surprisingly safe one. Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is one of the most widely read books in North America and has long been seen as a literary classic. That fact and the often stuffy and dated feel of period pieces mean that Gerwig's new project may seem a world away from the teen angst of Lady Bird. But as fans of the book will know, the narrative of young women struggling to find their places in a world that doesn't seem to fit them are shared over both the 2018 film and Alcott's novel from over a century before. It should be unsurprising then that Gerwig is a great fit to direct a thoroughly interesting and timely take on the sweetly radical story of the March sisters.

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Frozen 2 Review

It's hard to follow up a movie like Frozen. The first film was a smash hit that undermined the tropes of fairy tale storytelling, sparking a renaissance in the (unconventional) Disney Princess business. With the beautiful, expansive, and frustrating Frozen 2, directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck attempt to add new lore, mythology, and a deeply political analogy which, despite early promise, ultimately misses the mark. It's a choice that muddies the message of Frozen 2 and also adds confusing continuity issues when it comes to the sisters and their newly uncovered past.

Beginning with a flashback and then jumping straight off of where the last film ended, Frozen 2 gets off to an exhilarating start that establishes new lore and slickly sets up the core conflicts of the film. With Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) reunited and safe -- the latter now ruling over Arendelle and the former just happy in her new status quo -- things seem to be back to normal. That is until a mysterious voice begins to call to Elsa, eventually leading her to a mysterious enchanted forest. However, an early reveal about one of their parents proves a nagging continuity issue.

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Apple TV+ Review

With an abundance of streaming providers out there, including the newly released Disney+ and Apple TV+ platforms, all competing for your hard-earned cash, knowing which streaming service is the best can be a pretty daunting task. If you still have questions about the future of streaming, then you've come to the right place. All week long, as part of IGN's State of Streaming series, we'll be debuting reviews and in-depth analysis about current streaming providers like Netflix and Amazon, as well as upcoming services like NBCUniversal's Peacock and WarnerMedia's HBO Max. So keep it locked on IGN this week for all of your streaming needs. Today, we're reviewing Apple TV+ to find out how the tech giant's new platform compares to the rest. 

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Hulu Review: Still the Best Cable Substitute

With an abundance of streaming providers out there, including the newly released Disney+ and Apple TV+ platforms, all competing for your hard-earned cash, knowing which streaming service is the best can be a pretty daunting task. If you still have questions about the future of streaming, then you've come to the right place. All week long, as part of IGN's State of Streaming series, we'll be debuting reviews and in-depth analysis about current streaming providers like Netflix and Amazon, as well as upcoming services like NBCUniversal's Peacock and WarnerMedia's HBO Max. So keep it locked on IGN this week for all of your streaming needs.

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