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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ provides charming formula, nothing more

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ provides charming formula, nothing more

There’s a certain dated quality that comes in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise now, as it just seems to be a little outside of its peak timeframe now, feeling a bit more like a reboot than that of a sequel, but alas, in the age of reboots, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Alien: Covenant’ is an exceedingly comfortable, if polarizing middle ground franchise binder

| May 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Alien: Covenant’ is an exceedingly comfortable, if polarizing middle ground franchise binder

“Alien: Covenant” has been getting me through my life as of late. Recently, with the unexpected passing of my grandfather, who acted as a father-figure in my life, I’ve been working toward the payoff of seeing “Alien: Covenant” following my exams. I didn’t care whether it was good or bad, I just needed the release […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ never meshes into anything worth noting

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ never meshes into anything worth noting

If you were to listen to common complaints of many medieval-era films, you would come to believe that the “Lord of The Rings” series was the first and only movie to ever do it right, given how much people love to compare every movie with a sword to the Peter Jackson trilogy. In fact, it’s been […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Snatched’ is a sad stab at comedy

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Snatched’ is a sad stab at comedy

I can’t say I particularly like Amy Schumer. Sure, I liked “Trainwreck” and find a few of her skits on her television show funny, but I’ve never fully gotten on the Amy Schumer train for more than about a week in 2014. That being said, I don’t actively despise her like many people do. While […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ is rousing Marvel spectacle of the most fun kind

| May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’ is rousing Marvel spectacle of the most fun kind

Dear friends, I apologize for the tardiness of this review. I have spent the past week with my family after the sudden, unexpected and tragic passing of my grandfather, who acted as a major father figure in my life. If this isn’t a good enough excuse for you, then I don’t know what you want […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Voice from the Stone’ is a gripping, slow-burn descent

| May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Voice from the Stone’ is a gripping, slow-burn descent

Sometimes, I miss seeing some key movies in theaters, whether it be a large blockbuster like “The Fate of the Furious,” or smaller indie films like “Your Name,” I often find myself with too little time and/or money to catch every single movie I want to see in theaters. Yet, strangely, I find myself reviewing […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sleight’ is an absolutely fascinating mixture of two opposing genres

| May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sleight’ is an absolutely fascinating mixture of two opposing genres

I like to consider genre to be comparable to the construct of gender, and in my own eyes, I don’t see any reason to work within a strict constraint of it, though I often do abide by said constraints due to personal feelings, but there’s nothing saying someone else can’t be all over and in-between […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Circle’ is a disastrous misfire of epic proportions

| May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Circle’ is a disastrous misfire of epic proportions

I really love James Ponsoldt. If you are unaware of him by his name, he’s the filmmaker behind such indie hits like “Smashed,” “The Spectacular Now” and “The End of the Tour,” all three are fabulously moving indies that inspire as much faith in the prospect of indie film as it does raw emotion. Naturally, […]

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Little Things, Big Impact

| May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Little Things, Big Impact

Jeffrey Kopp- A&E Editor I don’t really consider myself to be a big music fan, but this year I foung myself captivated by an up-and-coming artist named Jon Bellion. Several months ago, I downloaded his latest album, “The Human Condition,” and I have listened to it nearly every day. His music transcends genres, with each […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lost City of Z’ is a rattling exploratory wonder

| April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lost City of Z’ is a rattling exploratory wonder

There’s something about a film that takes place in wilderness that I always seem to gravitate to and my theory on this is that myself being such an indoor person that the prospect of seeing a film about the vast wilderness is just as foreign and mystical to me as something as fantasy heavy as […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Their Finest’ is possibly the most inoffensive film ever made

| April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Their Finest’ is possibly the most inoffensive film ever made

Before we start, I need to voice my opposition to this film’s R rating, which the MPAA describes as “R for some language and a scene of sexuality.” In the film, this constitutes three uses of the word “fuck” and a single scene of a random female character straddling another man with light side-boobage. Meanwhile, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Free Fire’ is a misfire

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Free Fire’ is a misfire

There was a lot of hype surrounding “Free Fire” in the months leading up to its release. Not only was it one of the first publicized roles for Brie Larson after her incredibly unanimous Academy Award win for “Room,” but it also showcases filmmaker Ben Wheatley to a much larger audience than before. Wheatley’s other […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unforgettable’ is ironically all too forgettable

| April 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unforgettable’ is ironically all too forgettable

Let’s address the elephant in my head here (because I know none of you have ever noticed): I am way too forgiving with bland domestic thrillers. Most of the time, I’m surrounded by a packed, rowdy audience that makes the experience of seeing a film like that much better. With films like “No Good Deed,” […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Phoenix Forgotten’ is a shockingly engaging sci-fi thriller

| April 22, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Phoenix Forgotten’ is a shockingly engaging sci-fi thriller

I’ve made my feelings on found footage films pretty clear in my brief time here at the Niner Times. While there were some films that really turned the sub-genre on its head, the trend has quickly devolved into the laughing stock of the horror community. Last year, Lionsgate really hyped up the official sequel to […]

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Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 News Wrap-Up

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 News Wrap-Up

Star Wars Celebration is a time that fans from across the globe can come together and celebrate their love for the massive franchise. This year’s event marks the 40th anniversary for “Star Wars” and brought big news in terms of its films, shows, games and much more. “40 Years of Star Wars” Panel Kicking off […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tommy’s Honour’ is about as special as air

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tommy’s Honour’ is about as special as air

Growing up, many male members of my family played golf, with most of them still continuing to do so regularly. While I was never good enough to properly pick up the sport, I did pick up quite a few golf video-games that I still play to this day, primarily the “Hot Shots Golf” and “Tiger […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Colossal’ is a whirlwind of refreshing unpredictability

| April 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Colossal’ is a whirlwind of refreshing unpredictability

This past weekend treated audiences to “The Fate of the Furious,” the 8th installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise that has been ongoing since 2001. While reception to the film (which I have not seen and do not plan to see) was warm enough, it brings forth the question of “Even in a respected […]

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Highlights from the 2017 Gold Reel Film Festival

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Highlights from the 2017 Gold Reel Film Festival

This year’s Gold Reel Student Film Festival gave way to an evening of unpredictable brilliance and audacious filmmaking as students from across the globe offered up their best work in front of and behind the camera. From visual journeys across the stars of an animated world to a puppet-human romance, the fourth annual Gold Reel […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Raw (Grave)’ is the best coming-of-age cannibal film ever made

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Raw (Grave)’ is the best coming-of-age cannibal film ever made

Last semester, I was tasked on writing a 10-page paper on the New French Extremity, a movement of French filmmakers in the ’90s and 2000s that focused on pushing the boundaries of all genres, though it was primarily based in the horror genre. Films like “Irreversible,” “Enter the Void,” “High Tension,” “Martyrs” and “Frontier(s)” shocked […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Aftermath’ is emotionally gripping, if a bit messy

| April 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Aftermath’ is emotionally gripping, if a bit messy

I try my best to review as much indie film as I can, but typically that stops at the edge of one of the three Regal art-house theaters in Charlotte. Unfortunately, I simply don’t find the time to sit down and watch as many VOD releases as I used to back before I was appointed […]

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