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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Popstar’ has at least a few hits

Film: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Directed by: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone Starring: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer From the makers of heralded comedic masterpieces such as “Dick in a Box” and “Motherlover” comes a 21st century satire on the extravagance and vapidness of modern pop idols. Sounds like a pretty good tagline, right? […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ exceeds the hype

Film: Captain America: Civil War Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson It’s safe to say that we’re right where Marvel wants us. The release of each of their new projects feels like an event. We stay up and binge watch Daredevil and Jessica Jones when they’re released […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘High-Rise’ is a deeply disturbing, affecting look at human survival

Film: High-Rise Directed by: Ben Wheatley Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller When you stop and think about it, the human race’s survival to this point is amazing. Think of all that we’ve had to endure over thousands and thousands of years: shifting climates and environments, multitudes of vicious predators and wildlife, disease and […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Jungle Book’ is much more than just a bare necessity of life

Film: The Jungle Book Directed by: Jon Favreau Starring: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Idris Elba “Ooh-bi-doo, I wan’na be like you. I want to walk like you, talk like you, too.” It may be a bit hard to believe that an orangutan singing this line to a man-cub could speak lengths as to how director […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is flat out bad

Film: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Directed by: Zack Snyder Starring: Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Affleck If I were to take Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s text verbatim, then I’d be led to believe that a group of people with supernatural capabilities hold the power to defending the world from annihilation. Well, […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Finest Hours’ Leaks But Stays Afloat

Film: The Finest Hours Directed by: Craig Gillespie Starring: Chris Pine, Holliday Grainger, Casey Affleck Heroic feats on the sea seem to be a bit of a trend nowadays at the theaters. With Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea, we learned that even the most harrowing stories can get slighted by the search […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Lady In The Van’ Pulls Out Of First Gear, Thanks To Maggie Smith

Film: The Lady In The Van Directed By: Nicholas Hytner Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings Saccharine messages like “sometimes in life, you need a helping hand” litter the feel-good true stories we see gracing the cinema every so often. What those “feel-good” stories tend to do is err to the side of dramatic sop or […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Don’t Enter ‘The Forest,’ Please

Film: The Forest Directed by: Jason Zada Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa It’s the beginning of the new year, folks. With that comes many beautiful things in film, like new indies to be seen or award-nominated movies to binge. Then there’s the other side of the spectrum—a much less hopeful and wide-eyed time […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Flexes The Power Of Escapism (And The Light Side)

Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver Directed By: JJ Abrams I’m not going to sit here and reflect upon the personal relationship I had with the Star Wars franchise as a kid. We grow up, move on, get a job and the magic in life fades a little […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ Sinks To Dull Depths

Film: In the Heart of the Sea Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw Directed By: Ron Howard Like an old school seafaring yarn, In the Heart of the Sea was primed to be told by a campfire. You know, the kind of story you’d listen to as a kid and sit frozen in disgust […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Shelter’ Is Captivating And Depressing In Equal Measure

Film: Shelter Starring: Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Connelly Directed by: Paul Bettany Paul Bettany’s first feature behind the camera, Shelter, is without a doubt one of 2015’s most depressing new films. It’s a heartbreaking look at life on the streets and the relationships shared by those who have no place to call home, as well as […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse’ Is Dumb Fun

Film: Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan Directed by: Christopher Landon Every time I think I have seen what will certainly be the last enjoyable horror-comedy involving zombies, a new title appears with something fun or unique that pulls me and my hard-earned money back into a theater. […]