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Matinee Review

For me, John Goodman can do no wrong. He’s a miraculous actor and has a superb screen presence. The ability to take on any sort of role, from deranged shut-in during 10 Cloverfield Lane to his leading role looking for love in True Stories, he can do no wrong. Well, almost no wrong, The Gambler is still fresh in my mind. But the reason I open with praise for Goodman is that Matinee very much survives on his name, and even though he’s not front and centre, it’s good to have him in this 90s Joe Dante piece. Right at the height of his powers here, Dante teams up with Goodman to bring us a wholly brilliant experience, combining their love for the movies with their fear of imminent global destruction thanks to the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

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