Category: New Releases

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Dog: Unlikely compatriots

Trailers don’t always give the best impression of what a film actually is. Sometimes it’s because the studio is attempting to trick potential viewers by showing the best clips in order to maximize profits. Other times, it’s simply because they don’t have any actual clue what kind of movie they have on their hands. This is especially problematic for first-time directors, who have to … Read More Dog: Unlikely compatriots

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Uncharted: International treasure

Almost by definition, films based on video games are subpar features meant to propel teenagers into buying the latest installment in the entertainment franchise on PlayStation, Xbox, or computer console. Movie franchises have spawned from several popular titles over the years including multiple Tomb Raider installments, fighting series like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, as well as a Resident Evil series. In recent years, … Read More Uncharted: International treasure

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Marry Me: The simplest of proposals

Sometimes the best performances an actor can deliver on screen are the ones that closely mirror who they are in real life. They could be portraying another actor and draw from their own personal experiences to get into the right state of mind or perhaps they have gone through similar struggles and find that the best way to connect to the character. And yet, … Read More Marry Me: The simplest of proposals

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Nightmare Alley: Beautiful noir for small crowd

Acclaimed auteur Guillermo del Toro hasn’t made a new film since winning both best director and best picture in 2018 for his eccentric feature The Shape of Water. del Toro is known as a master of the avantgarde, relishing in the eccentricities of life and the oddities of horror for decades with everything from Pan’s Labyrinth to a pair of Hellboy films to an … Read More Nightmare Alley: Beautiful noir for small crowd

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Home Team: Matter of inopportune timing

Super Bowl championship winning coach Sean Payton announced he was leaving his New Orleans Saints after 16 years with the franchise last week. Just days after his decision, a brand-new Netflix film about a pivotal moment in Payton’s coaching career ironically debuted focusing on yet another time Payton was away from his Saints. Home Team, a collaboration between Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and … Read More Home Team: Matter of inopportune timing

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The Tragedy of Macbeth: The weight of language

Adapting the works of William Shakespeare from the stage to the screen is a time-honored tradition of prestige filmmakers. Bringing the bard’s words to life in a way that casual audiences can understand and appreciate is perhaps the most difficult task of any director, theater or film. Shakespeare’s complicated lyrical prose uses far too many metaphors and overly floral language for the lay person … Read More The Tragedy of Macbeth: The weight of language

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The Tender Bar: Uneven family drama

Slice of life Americana films only truly work about once in every six or seven attempts. Most of the time, these period-driven, small town family dramas attempt to bite off more than they can chew by introducing more characters than they can give adequate time to or by muddling the narrative with time jumps or by simply being bland. All these things, unfortunately, are … Read More The Tender Bar: Uneven family drama

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Don’t Look Up: Stop worrying and love the comet

Stanley Kubrick made Dr. Strangelove, a quintessential black comedy of the 1960s starring Peter Sellers as a treatise against the uneasy relationship between America and Russia’s nuclear arms race. It’s one of the driest modern comedic films with a biting screenplay and pitch-perfect acting that fully realizes its auteur’s vision and works on numerous levels for casual as well as fully engaged audiences. Adam … Read More Don’t Look Up: Stop worrying and love the comet

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Being The Ricardos: Sorkin’s big swing

Always the most cunning and captivating wordsmith, Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin grows increasingly sure-handed behind the director’s chair with each new project he takes on. Much like his writing, Sorkin becomes more daring as his confidence grows in his third feature film released last week in theaters and on Amazon Prime reflects both his drive and ambition to make prestige cinematic drama. Being the … Read More Being The Ricardos: Sorkin’s big swing

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Spider-Man No Way Home: Superhero movies are back

Marvel Studios has had a problem for the better part of two years now.  Ever since the release of Avengers: Endgame in 2019, the Disney-owned franchise has been wallowing in a dilemma partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic and partially due to their own making.  With most of their Avengers core retiring from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, producer Kevin Feige has had to start … Read More Spider-Man No Way Home: Superhero movies are back

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West Side Story: Reimagining a classic

There really isn’t such a thing as a bad Steven Spielberg movie. Regardless of the film, one of America’s quintessential directors has crafted a career so illustrious and celebrated that it’s impossible to consider anything he makes bad. So when it was announced that Spielberg would attempt to reinvigorate the 1957 Broadway musical and 1961 Academy Award Best Picture winner West Side Story, there’s … Read More West Side Story: Reimagining a classic

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The Power of the Dog: Melancholy in the old west

There’s no gunfights in Netflix’s largest awards contending release, a western starring Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as a Montana rancher in the 1920s. Director Jane Campion’s first film in more than a decade, The Power of the Dog is a subtle, slow-burn character driven drama examining life in the rural hills, what it means to be a man and the things we all too … Read More The Power of the Dog: Melancholy in the old west