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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Every Day’ is a beautifully touching teen romance

| February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Every Day’ is a beautifully touching teen romance

Teen romance is sort of my achilles heel genre of film, if only because it’s a throwback to a lot of the films I liked as a child. Still, the genre of films like this, especially those of literary adaptions, are really starting to get better and better, with movies like “Before I Fall” and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annihilation’ is a darkly imaginative, infinitely challenging treasure

| February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Annihilation’ is a darkly imaginative, infinitely challenging treasure

Harkening back to my freshman year, one of the more surprising filmgoing experiences came in Alex Garland’s debut film, “Ex Machina,” a film that took the film world by storm in the absolutely genius way it went about handling a minimalist sci-fi tale of incredibly intellectual proportions. The film ended up being A24’s biggest release […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Black Panther’ is a paragon of blockbuster cinema mastery

| February 15, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Black Panther’ is a paragon of blockbuster cinema mastery

The road to “Black Panther” has proven itself to be quite a long one. Ever since its first trailer hit back last June, the internet has been ablaze with excitement about Marvel’s standalone film to the tale of King T’Challa of Wakanda. Not only were people excited that the film actually looked good, but about […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Ritual’ is some shell-shocking indie horror

| February 11, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Ritual’ is some shell-shocking indie horror

Everyone right now is talking about how Netflix shocked the world with their surprise drop of “The Cloverfield Paradox” immediately after the Super Bowl last Sunday, but it indeed cast a large shadow over any of the Netflix releases coming out in the near future. Whether it be their original series “Altered Carbon,” or their […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is yet another unfortunately hilarious drama

| February 8, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is yet another unfortunately hilarious drama

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” films are a bit of a beauty to behold. They’re movies with talented filmmakers and actors working on them, and yet somehow are some truly horrendously written films adapted from truly awful source material. It’s the sole reason the films are so bad, as they’re all wonderfully shot, and as […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is a splendid surprise from the universe, hiccups and all

| February 5, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is a splendid surprise from the universe, hiccups and all

In the interest of readers, I will reveal a few plot points, but nothing that would constitute as a “spoiler” Holy moly. While reports have surfaced recently about Netflix seeking the rights to the as of then untitled sequel in the “Cloverfield” universe, no one could’ve predicted the way that Netflix would go about this […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Winchester’ is a few key rooms short of a happy home

| February 3, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Winchester’ is a few key rooms short of a happy home

Thanks to its resurgence in the past few years, horror has slowly, but surely rising through the ranks as a much more respectable genre in Hollywood. More and more, we see horror films with A-list casts and popular directors behind them, bringing forth a sort of renaissance in the genre we haven’t had for as […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ is a satisfying conclusion to a gracefully waning series

| February 1, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ is a satisfying conclusion to a gracefully waning series

Okay, okay, I know the term “exceeds all expectations” makes it sound like this movie is some sort of January miracle, which it isn’t, but remember “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”? There wasn’t really much of a movie there. I enjoyed it on my first watch, but every subsequent watch found me realizing just how […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is a competently crafted, crushingly tepid romance

| January 20, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is a competently crafted, crushingly tepid romance

“Call Me by Your Name” has been on my radar for quite a long time, since its esteemed premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Queer cinema is something that excites me as a gay man, but also concerns me as we must keep the stories we tell in check, as to not sour the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Phantom Thread’ is a sublimely divine twist on romance

| January 20, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Phantom Thread’ is a sublimely divine twist on romance

As I said three years ago (I hate time) in my review for “Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson has always been one of those filmmakers whom I recognize an immense amount of talent in, even if I’ve never really been captivated by one of his films in a way that others have. “There Will Be […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I, Tonya’ is a surprisingly endearing story of a million different views

| January 14, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I, Tonya’ is a surprisingly endearing story of a million different views

I know I’m late on this one. Bite me. I learned about Tonya Harding from a relatively early age. My mom watched a lot of the VH1 docu-series “I Love the ’70s” and “I Love the ’80s,” which I often watched with her. I loved picking up on pop culture of a different era, on […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Proud Mary’ is a fine film that falls short of being truly great

| January 13, 2018
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Proud Mary’ is a fine film that falls short of being truly great

When the first poster for “Proud Mary” came about, the world had a collective scream to commemorate the film that people have been asking for forever: an action film with a black female lead. It’s hard to find films with black female leads in general, but one in a genre film kicking some serious ass? […]

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TV REVIEW: ‘The X-Files’ – ‘My Struggle III’

| January 4, 2018
TV REVIEW: ‘The X-Files’ – ‘My Struggle III’

WARNING: Spoilers for “The X-Files” ahead. I’ll be honest, I hated the finale to the last season of “The X-Files,” for what was a decent season overall. My biggest fear after the finale of the mini-series that was season 10 of the iconic show was that we were to leave one of the greatest shows of […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘All the Money in the World’ is a stylishly bold take on toxic capitalism

| December 25, 2017
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘All the Money in the World’ is a stylishly bold take on toxic capitalism

It’s almost impossible to talk about “All the Money in the World” without talking about the major scandal surrounding the film’s controversial and bold recasting decision made just one month ago. After the accusations of sexual assault against star Kevin Spacey, who portrayed J. Paul Getty in the film, director Ridley Scott, with only a […]

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