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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ delivers a great introduction to one of the saga’s most beloved characters

| June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ delivers a great introduction to one of the saga’s most beloved characters

A Brief Note: If you are like me and enjoy going into these films with as little information as possible, this review will only contain very early plot points and character names, though I will still try to be as vague as possible. If that is you, then it may be best to go see the film […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Deadpool 2’ lampoons itself further to deliver a satisfyingly familiar, raunchier sequel

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Deadpool 2’ lampoons itself further to deliver a satisfyingly familiar, raunchier sequel

  Mild spoilers from ‘Deadpool 2’ will be discussed. From director David Leitch, one of the two guys who put Keanu Reeves back on the action-star map with the 2014 knockout “John Wick,” comes the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2016’s “Deadpool” in the aptly-titled “Deadpool 2.” Reeling fans of the anti-hero’s first outing back for more […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Quiet Place’

| May 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Quiet Place’

This review contains major plot spoilers for the film “A Quiet Place.” “A Quiet Place” is a 2018 American science-fiction horror film that was written and directed by one of the main stars of the film, John Krasinski. Krasinski stars in the movie alongside his real-life wife, Emily Blunt. The plot of this 90-minute film […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ delivers a thrilling, if not forgettable, take on a media-driven classic

| May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ delivers a thrilling, if not forgettable, take on a media-driven classic

In a world where memorable book adaptations have become somewhat of a rarity in many major films today, limited mostly to the occasional teen romance or dystopian escapade, there emerged “Fahrenheit 451.” A modern take on the 1953 classic by author Ray Bradbury, the latest project from indie filmmaker Ramin Bahrani found its spark by […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle)’ is a sleek, gritty, wildly romantic thriller

| May 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle)’ is a sleek, gritty, wildly romantic thriller

Back in 2013, I was treated to perhaps the most effective romance film I had ever seen in the French film and Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color.” The romantic epic, while controversial for its explicit lesbian sex scenes and alleged abusive behavior from director Abdellatif Kechiche, the end result is perhaps the […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Breaking In’ is a painfully ordinary thriller

| May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Breaking In’ is a painfully ordinary thriller

Home invasion thrillers are something I’ve always really enjoyed, if only because home invasion was always one of my biggest fears as a child. This was exacerbated even more when I saw “The Strangers” in middle school, which royally screwed me up. My spark in these films was reignited this year with the spectacular sequel to […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tully’ is an adorably brutal domestic comedy

| May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tully’ is an adorably brutal domestic comedy

The “Young Adult” is one of, if not my favorite comedy ever. There’s something so bitingly familiar about everything touched upon in that movie that makes the laughs hurt just as much as they make you cackle. The pairing of director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron made for perhaps one of […]

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A Year of Impact

| May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
A Year of Impact

Jeffrey Kopp Every once in a while, I discover a show that really sits with me in a way unlike any other. I watch a lot of television shows, so it takes a lot to really blow me away, but “The Leftovers” managed to do just that. I decided to binge the three-season HBO series […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a game-breaking prologue to an intriguing finale

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is a game-breaking prologue to an intriguing finale

NOTICE: There are NO SPOILERS in this review. There’s a lot to be unpacked here, and I’m not going to sit here and pretend like all of my feelings are lined up perfectly in a row for careful analysis. Nor do I really think it’s a film that requires that as its main goal here is to […]

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Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
Retroactive: The Pop Culture that Shaped Us

Jeffrey Kopp (A&E Editor) Movie: “Tarzan” (1999) – This is a film that hits me in the feels every single time that I watch it. The soundtrack by Phil Collins adds so much emotional depth to the movie; “Two Worlds” and “You’ll Be in My Heart” are the definite standouts. This is by far my […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gemini’ is a pitch perfect, neon-drenched neo-noir

| April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Gemini’ is a pitch perfect, neon-drenched neo-noir

Recently, I’ve been replaying Rockstar’s underrated video game “L.A. Noire” on its PS4 remaster. It made me realize how much I miss the noir genre in film, but I couldn’t really place where the last film of the genre I’d seen had been. The trailer for “Gemini” came out a good while back, back in […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Final Portrait’ is a loving, if inconsequential love letter to a lost artist

| April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Final Portrait’ is a loving, if inconsequential love letter to a lost artist

Actors who direct are a dime-a-dozen, with only a few really translating into anything truly noteworthy. Angelina Jolie’s breakthrough with last year’s Netflix foreign war drama “First They Killed My Father” broke her curse of historically tepid movies, Clint Eastwood has made a new career directing as opposed to acting, while Ron Howard has a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Feel Pretty’ is a shockingly charming and genuine romantic comedy

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Feel Pretty’ is a shockingly charming and genuine romantic comedy

I don’t particularly like Amy Schumer, but I certainly don’t hate her either. I understand a lot of people’s grievances with the comedian, but I honestly just don’t care enough to actively go out of my way to dislike her. I liked “Trainwreck,” but I hated “Snatched,” so the potential for Schumer to deliver a […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a rare misstep for Wes Anderson

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a rare misstep for Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson isn’t my favorite filmmaker, but I really do look forward to his films every time they come along, as they’re always refreshing takes on film in an age of drastic nihilism. “Isle of Dogs” is Anderson’s second foray into the world of animated film after “Fantastic Mr. Fox” in 2009. This time, Anderson […]

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