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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘What Happened to Monday’ is a devilishly savvy indie sci-fi thriller

| August 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘What Happened to Monday’ is a devilishly savvy indie sci-fi thriller

Noomi Rapace hasn’t quite gotten the attention she completely deserves. While she was the acclaimed lead of the original Swedish “Millennium” trilogy as the titular Lisbeth Salander, and went on to large roles in films such as “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” and the lead role in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus,” she has been noticeably […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wind River’ is as beautifully cold and unforgiving as its setting

| August 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wind River’ is as beautifully cold and unforgiving as its setting

Taylor Sheridan isn’t a name that might initially spark recognition from name alone from anyone who isn’t heavily invested in the film scene, but there’s a good chance you’ve at least heard great things about the films he writes. His debut screenplay, “Sicario,” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015 and released to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Logan Lucky’ is the wildest film to ever happen in our own backyard

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Logan Lucky’ is the wildest film to ever happen in our own backyard

When Steven Soderbergh announced his retirement from film, I felt an instant void in my movie-watching experience. Over the years, Soderbergh proved himself to be one of the most innovative and flexible filmmakers, with films like the “Ocean’s Trilogy,” “Contagion,” “Traffic,” “Side Effects,” “Contagion” and “Magic Mike,” he showed a real versatility as a filmmaker […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Brigsby Bear’ is the one of the most emotionally endearing films in years

| August 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Brigsby Bear’ is the one of the most emotionally endearing films in years

Indie comedies are hit or miss when it comes to their final effects. Some comedies, such as the über-successful “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” offer up wonderful laughs with a large amount of heart. Others, like “The Hollars,” miss their mark with unlikable characters, mismatched tones and uneven jokes. From Sundance this year, the indie […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ’13 Minutes (Elser)’ is a delicate, if pedestrian World War II drama

| August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ’13 Minutes (Elser)’ is a delicate, if pedestrian World War II drama

When it comes to World War II films, “Dunkirk” is all the rage at the moment. Christopher Nolan’s massive action-thriller has audiences and critics on their feet cheering for its achievements (including my own 5/5 review for it). But World War II is not a foreign subject for filmmakers to cover, in fact, it might […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ is a terrifying step-up from its horrid predecessor

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annabelle: Creation’ is a terrifying step-up from its horrid predecessor

Before I start my review, I need to address the topic of theatrical experiences. Many film critics are wondering why streaming services such as Netflix are beginning to gain traction as legitimate film producers with films like “Okja” and “To the Bone” going directly to those streaming softwares as opposed to a traditional theatrical release. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kidnap’ is a surprisingly engaging, mindless thrill ride

| August 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Kidnap’ is a surprisingly engaging, mindless thrill ride

The tale of Relativity Media is one that would send a shiver down the spine of anyone remotely familiar with the film industry in the past few years. While they found success as a co-financier and distributor in films like “Limitless” and “Immortals,” the start-up studio from producer Ryan Kavanaugh fell upon tough times in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Dark Tower’ is a bleak, bland, blockbuster blunder

| August 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Dark Tower’ is a bleak, bland, blockbuster blunder

My favorite book of all time is “Carrie” by Stephen King, a brutal, heartbreaking, incredibly clever look inside the world of bullying through the gaze of a horror story. I grew up around King’s books, as my father was a massive fan of the books and would constantly either be reading a book by King, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Detroit’ is essential, if harrowing, cruel viewing

| August 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Detroit’ is essential, if harrowing, cruel viewing

“Timely” films have been something of a new trend in Hollywood, if only because of the increasing awareness of social and racial injustices being perpetuated in America. While many racially-charged crimes still happen in America daily, the main focus has been on the relationship between the police force and black communities, particularly in the topic of […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Ghost Story’ is pretentiously moving

| July 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Ghost Story’ is pretentiously moving

Back in January, for the second year in a row, audiences were treated to a secret film being announced by a major studio. In 2016, Paramount dropped the trailer for “10 Cloverfield Lane,” a mystery thriller produced by J.J. Abrams. Audiences were not only surprised and blindsides by this announcement, it went on to be […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Emoji Movie’ is 💩

| July 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Emoji Movie’ is 💩

When reviewing a movie, I always want to go in with a clear conscience and a sound mind when approaching any sort of work, to which I really tried to do with “The Emoji Movie,” even if I always thought it sounded pretty stupid. I never watched the trailers for the film, but I simply […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lady Macbeth’ is a rock and roll period drama of no parallel

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lady Macbeth’ is a rock and roll period drama of no parallel

Period dramas are not foreign to praise, but they do have a tendency to become a bit rote without a fair bit of innovation, to which many filmmakers come up to the challenge for. Each year, there’s one period drama that stands above the rest as a decidedly new take on a sometimes tired sub-genre […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Atomic Blonde’ is radioactive

| July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Atomic Blonde’ is radioactive

When it comes to action films, Hollywood has come a long way. Sure, the market is still saturated with tons of terrible action films produced by Grindstone Entertainment and other similar brands, but the mainstream has drifted very far from the olden days of cheesy one-liners and insane action, but has boiled down to a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is an all-out, no holds barred sci-fi extravaganza

| July 20, 2017 | 1 Comment
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is an all-out, no holds barred sci-fi extravaganza

When it comes to Luc Besson films, you either are head over heels for them, or you aren’t here for them at all. This has never been more apparent than in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” with many hailing it as a sci-fi classic, and with many calling it the worst film […]

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