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[Reviews] Movie Review: Star Wars—The Last Jedi

An unusual director brings one of the series' best (and most overcrowded) installments to date.

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That’s how you move a story forward. I was apprehensive about Rian Johnson directing a major installment in one of Western cinema’s most iconic franchises (I had issues with Looper), but I needn’t have worried—despite sometimes packing in more stories and ideas than it can give careful attention to, The Last Jedi solidly improves on […]

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Still wanting to defend Net Neutrality? Here are some options.

Don't give up hope yet—the fight to save the open Internet isn't over.

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If you’ve been following the Net Neutrality controversy, to decide whether large corporate ISPs can selectively throttle or restrict otherwise legal Internet traffic (Facebook, Netflix) to those unwilling or unable to pay extra, you may have heard about the Federal Communications Commission voting in a 3-2 divide to repeal regulations ensuring this neutrality, with Commissioners […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Wonder Woman

This long-awaited asset to its genre honors a superhero icon.

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I used to want to save the world, Diana Prince(ss of Themyscira) utters as her film begins. She hails from the land of the Amazons, an secluded, all-female society with ties to Greek mythology itself; much of her early life consists of training to one day defend that society, even as her people neither celebrate […]

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[Saint Patrick’s Day Movie Review] Noble, 2014

A decent but inspiring portrayal of a brave Irish woman who has improved countless lives.

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It’s not every day one is likely to hear about a young Irish woman leaving her home and friends behind to serve poor children on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Christina Noble, however, did just that, with her tireless devotion and love for the children of a war-ravaged nation leading to the making […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

Grim but optimistic, this grand contribution to a beloved series bridges old substance and new style.

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It’s hard to make “overwhelming odds” consistently feel convincing. Blockbusters have relied on those for so long that their villains and threats have to keep raising the stakes in order to be taken seriously. Rogue One takes a different approach–instead of making a “newer and bigger” Empire, it reminds us why the original was so […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Doctor Strange

Cumberbatch and company bring fantastic performances to a surprisingly thoughtful origin story.

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Distracted driving is dangerous. After a horrific accident threatens to cut short both Dr. Stephen Strange’s illustrious career and his life, the battered yet proud and determined surgeon’s journey through physical and emotional rehabilitation soon grants him not only the regained use of his finger dexterity but also the power to travel among dimensions and […]

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[Reviews] Movie review: Crimson Peak

A gorgeous and disturbing work from Guillermo del Toro, though not his finest

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Guillermo del Toro’s period romance turned horror tale turned stage drama is an interesting but odd film, whose mixture of genres results in a story that feels barebones but nonetheless offers incredible visuals and atmosphere thanks to its stunning architecture and disturbingly convincing special effects. The writing could use more confidence along the lines of […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: The Witch (2015)

Slow and steady almost to a fault, this acclaimed horror film's themes are more compelling than it is

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When faced with evil, our response to it says more about us than any danger alone does. In 1630 New England, a man and his wife and children are banished from their plantation by a Christian court for crimes not fully specified. Exiled to a green yet bleak wilderness, the family rebuilds their life as […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Captain America – Civil War

The Marvel universe develops itself and its characters in this riveting blend of action and morality

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Before I’d ever heard of the Marvel comic event that would eventually beget this film, I had a vision of a superhero story where collateral damage is used as an excuse to discredit superheroes and to call for their arrest or cessation. Captain America: Civil War more or less is that story, and its often […]

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