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Wonder Woman Movie Review

Director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is already in the history books. The first major female superhero film arrives over a decade since the heroes-in-spandex craze began with Sony’s Spider Man and after Marvel made 15 films without even ONE starring a female hero. […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

The universe’s most colorful pack of scoundrels return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a sequel that sees director James Gunn and Marvel loosen the shackles and tell a shaggy story that is of little importance to the Marvel Universe, […]

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17 Films to Survive 2017 For

As the doomsday clock ticks ever closer to midnight, the clock also ticks closer to some immensely promising and exciting films. We’re one quarter of the way through the year and these are the films you need to survive the rest of […]

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Forget the Oscars! The Best Films of 2016 According to Me

It’s true that 2016 was a disappointing year for blockbuster/studio filmmaking — by far the worst crop of the entire decade — but, as always, it was a good year for cinema if you look in the right places. Documentaries […]

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Memories from the Grave in 20th Century Women

The pitfall of coming of age/teen films—and most films, really—is teaching the audience a lesson as though it’s a lecture. Rather than ponder about the passage of time or how to navigate finding yourself, they blatantly point it out without […]

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Quick Flick Reviews

Hidden Figures – A historical drama about three under-recognized African American women who worked for NASA and were significant in America’s space race. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae star as the three mathematicians and bring an oozing positivity to the […]

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Scorsese Hears God in ‘Silence’

For a subject as complex and multifaceted as religion, most films about the subject are either propaganda or black and white morality tales that make my eyes roll back 180 degrees. But every once in a while a master like Martin […]

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Yes, La La Land is THAT Great

If there is a movie god then the buzz around this film suggests he was with 31-year old writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, 2014) and his stars, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, when they made La La Land. Once, maybbbeee twice a year there is […]

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Systems, Infrastructure, & Regimes in Rogue One: Another Star Wars Film

It’s fitting that in a terrible year for studio films (worse than 2011), I’ve not only been disappointed by a Star Wars film, but have become worried that it’s falling in line with the fast foodification of blockbuster franchises. This is labeled a […]

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Beatty is Back/A New High School Classic/The Best Film of the Year?

Rules Don’t Apply – Writer/Director/Actor/Legend Warren Beatty has emerged back into Hollywood with a long awaited passion project about a young actress, a young driver, and their eccentric boss, Howard Hughes. It’s easy to draw connections between Hughes, the king […]

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