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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ continues what the original started to a T

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ continues what the original started to a T

I didn’t hate “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Let’s fight about it. I was in the vast minority of critics when I wrote my initial review for “Fifty Shades of Grey” in that I really found myself enjoying the film in a really masochistic way. The screenplay was awful, as was a good amount of the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ sets the bar early for animated films in 2017

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ sets the bar early for animated films in 2017

In 2014, critics and audiences alike were shell-shocked at the level of charm that “The Lego Movie” had. It was a funny, beautifully crafted, surprisingly dark and super clever animated film that used its self-awareness to its glorious advantage. Of course, “The Lego Movie” has its inevitable sequel hitting theaters in 2019, but Warner Animation […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Comedian’ is brutally endearing, if sometimes difficultly abrasive

| February 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Comedian’ is brutally endearing, if sometimes difficultly abrasive

Robert De Niro hasn’t had the most illustrious career as of late, while movies like “The Intern” and “Joy” provide for sweet distractions, there have been a bit too many films like “Heist” and “Dirty Grandpa” to ignore. While still a sought after actor, De Niro has turned to paycheck pieces to get much of […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rings’ is one of the dullest horror films in a long time

| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rings’ is one of the dullest horror films in a long time

This sure is a strange one, isn’t it? It’s been almost 12 years since the release of the last film in “The Ring” series hit theaters with “The Ring Two” in 2005. The sequel to the highly acclaimed 2002 remake of the Japanese horror classic featured the return of Naomi Watts and even managed to […]

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Underrated Movie Awards

| February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Underrated Movie Awards

Award shows are absurd. We’ve built them up to be the signifiers of taste, but if one looks close enough, they are usually trivial in determining which art, music, film etc. is of particular importance. This is not a new thing either; all one has to do is look back at the history of the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ is a dopey, silly, fitting finale

| January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ is a dopey, silly, fitting finale

It always pays to quit while you’re ahead, with shows like “Penny Dreadful” ending on only season 3, it seems to be better to end on your own terms than to forcibly be cast out by a studio. Sure, the “Resident Evil” series isn’t technically “quitting while it’s ahead,” since we’re on the sixth film […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ has difficulty in finding one

| January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ has difficulty in finding one

I love dogs. In fact, it’s a bit of a joke with my family and friends that the only thing to get me to cry anymore is a dog; it doesn’t have to be a cute one, but just a dog. When the trailer for “A Dog’s Purpose” dropped, I thought two things: 1. “Oh […]

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2017 Oscar Nominations Break Down

| January 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
2017 Oscar Nominations Break Down

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards have just been released, with”La La Land” leading with a record matching fourteen total. Here is a breakdown of who all is nominated, who will most likely take home a golden statue, and who actually deserves a win. Best Picture “Arrival” “Fences” “Hacksaw Ridge” “Hell or High Water” […]

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In defense of the ‘Resident Evil’ film series

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
In defense of the ‘Resident Evil’ film series

WARNING: Spoilers for the first five “Resident Evil” films ahead. It’s no secret that I like a good guilty pleasure film. So many films are so serious nowadays that going into a film knowing that it’s going to be silly fun is something I find quite comforting. Since 2002, the “Resident Evil” has seemed to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ is ridiculous fun without any of the fun

| January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage’ is ridiculous fun without any of the fun

Let’s just start with some honesty: I’ve never seen a “xXx” film from start to finish in one sitting. I understand what it’s about as a series, but I’ve never really been interested enough to actually take a look. So when “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” came to my attention, I really didn’t care too […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Split’ is a gloriously great comeback for M. Night Shyamalan

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Split’ is a gloriously great comeback for M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t have the most impressive of reputations in Hollywood. After striking gold with his first film, “The Sixth Sense” in 1999 and returning with grace in 2000’s “Unbreakable,” things began to go downhill for Shyamalan. While 2002’s “Signs” wasn’t critically panned, 2004’s “The Village” gave him his first taste of true critical […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Live by Night’ is a beautifully bland crime thriller

| January 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Live by Night’ is a beautifully bland crime thriller

Mob movies are a dime a dozen, but when one does hit home, it typically hits hard. With Martin Scorsese’s reinvention of the genre in the late ’80s, this dramatic sub-genre has seen great strides and losses in the past 30-ish years. What always stays the same is that directors love to put their own […]

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Cosplay, Panels and Deadly Games: It’s Time for Ichibancon!

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
Cosplay, Panels and Deadly Games: It’s Time for Ichibancon!

Once again I spent my New Year with a bunch of weird people. Fortunately I’m not talking about my family this time, or even my roommates. As I sat in a crowded room discussing “Detective Conan,” the countdown began. Negan from “The Walking Dead” was the loudest, along with the Barbarian Powerpuff Girl and the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Patriots Day’ is a moving, if imperfect historical drama

| January 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Patriots Day’ is a moving, if imperfect historical drama

When it comes to filmmakers on the rise, Peter Berg is one of the fastest improving directors on the scene today. While Berg has been around for quite some time now, his previous films have done little to inspire much praise from my end, though he was a bit more successful in audiences. In 2012, […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Bye Bye Man’ is the greatest film ever made

| January 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Bye Bye Man’ is the greatest film ever made

Horror films are a dime a dozen, but in 2016 we were treated to some really masterfully made horror films, from the wondrously tense “Don’t Breathe,” the eerily dry “The Witch,” or the surprisingly fun “Ouija: Origin of Evil,” horror films were one of the only things to flourish in the abyss that was 2016. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Silence’ is absolutely core-shaking Scorsese

| January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Silence’ is absolutely core-shaking Scorsese

Before reading this, I highly urge you to check out Jesse Nussman’s article on Scorsese’s legacy over the past 50 years, which will give you major insight into the enigmatic filmmaker behind “Silence.” Check it out here. When you think of Martin Scorsese, your first thought immediately jumps to that of the urban crime film, whether […]

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50 Years of Martin Scorsese

| January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
50 Years of Martin Scorsese

Few filmmakers have had a resume like Martin Scorsese. The 74-year-old director has not only given the world a wide array of iconic feature movies but also numerous documentaries, concert films, shorts and even television episodes. 2017 marks a huge year for the director, having now been making movies for 50 years. It’s also the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Elle’ marks the beautiful evolution of Paul Verhoeven

| January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Elle’ marks the beautiful evolution of Paul Verhoeven

For as much as I love “so bad they’re good” movies, it took me until last week to actually sit down and finally watch “Showgirls,” the 1995 erotic drama starring Elizabeth Berkeley. If you’re unaware, “Showgirls” is often considered one of the worst films of all time and it earns this distinction with flying colors. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ is a surprisingly solid return for a waning series

| January 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ is a surprisingly solid return for a waning series

While I am a critic (still aspiring) and I do look at the world in an overtly cynical way, I am first and foremost a fan of film. As more specifically a fan of genre films, I often times am admittedly more forgiving to films that other critics would often scoff at. Franchises like “Silent […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Monster Calls’ is the most emotionally resonant film in ages

| January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Monster Calls’ is the most emotionally resonant film in ages

As many movies as I’ve watched in my time, it’s been a rare occasion if I was ever moved to tears, with only “Titanic” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” taking the cake as the two that have done so in my short time on Earth. Don’t get me wrong, movies can […]

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