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“Suicide Squad”: bad guys who really aren’t that bad

August 19, 2016

Since the announcement of the movie, everyone across the nerd spectrum was pumped to see Suicide Squad. So when critics’ reviews arrived and nearly all declared the movie complete trash—including a...

Star Trek Beyond goes beyond expectations

August 11, 2016

“Star Trek” is a franchise that seems to grow in power as time goes on. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the franchise and with the special occasion in mind, the third movie in the current...

“The Bronze” blunders

Melissa Rauch plays a whiny Olympic medalist who is the star of her small Ohio town.
Film about star athlete doesn’t win
March 31, 2016

“The Bronze” is not a movie that would appeal to most people for two reasons. One is that the subject matter, professional gymnastics, isn’t the most popular sport in the modern world. The other...

“Batman v Superman” is ambitious but confused

Two iconic superheroes appeal to the public in this prologue to the upcoming Justice League movie.
March 24, 2016

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” features a very distinctive treatment from Zach Snyder, director of “300” and “Man of Steel.” He directs the film as if it was intended to be a dark epic,...

Monsters come in many forms

March 24, 2016

Back in 2007 during the release of “Transformers,” one of the most memorable things was actually a preview before the movie. Depicting a typical house party suddenly interrupted by an attack on...

Disney is the master of subtext

March 17, 2016

Starting with the catchy, contagious, upbeat theme song sung by Gazelle (Shakira), “Zootopia” only goes uphill. The film incorporates everything you would expect from an animated movie and more; it’s...

“Deadpool” breaks the fourth wall with great force

The movie offers a cheeky approach to the Marvel Universe, featuring a twisted anti-hero.
February 19, 2016

The character of Deadpool originated in the 90s as a supervillain for Marvel Comics, but eventually found new life as an anti-hero mercenary in later comic publications. He became renowned in comics for...

“Hail, Caesar” is a flawed love letter to Old Hollywood

Despite beautiful cinematography and strong performances from the cast,
February 12, 2016

The Coen brothers have left a significant mark on the arts and entertainment industry with many films ranging from “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski” and “No Country for Old Men” to name a few of...

“The Force Awakens” proves itself a worthy addition to the “Star Wars” franchise

December 21, 2015

Ten years ago, when Episode III, “Revenge of the Sith” came out, I thought I had seen my last “Star Wars” movie in theaters. I was obsessed with the franchise and my 12-year-old self was deeply...

“Victor Frankenstein” movie focuses on humans instead of monster

December 4, 2015

When I heard that two of my favorite actors, James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, were coming together for a “Frankenstein” movie adaptation, I was filled with excitement. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”...

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