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[Reviews] Movie Review: Sonic the Hedgehog

The blue blur transitions from video game to silver screen with excitement, uneven charactizeration, and inappropriate humor

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Sonic the Hedgehog is the sort of “children’s movie” that earnestly suggests that a valid way for a kid to learn to make friends is to spend an hour in a bar, and indeed a noticeable chunk of the film takes place there. Despite some infrequent but severe pacing issues, that huge non sequitur being […]

[Happy New Year!] Movie Review: Knives Out

Rian Johnson's storytelling and eye for aesthetics has improved sharply from some of his previous works.

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Director and writer Rian Johnson returns to the suspense-thriller genre with a quirky, modern murder mystery filled with gorgeous settings and plenty of humor. I had my doubts upon learning Johnson was involved, especially in light of this film’s incredibly high amount of critical praise—Star Wars: The Last Jedi was exciting but felt unfocused, and […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Pokémon — Detective Pikachu

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A children’s live-action comedy-mystery starring a talking mouse with a caffeine addiction, a searing wit that narrowly remains age-appropriate, and a heavy case of amnesia shouldn’t be such a successful combination, but it works well. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is first and foremost a tech-demonstration movie whose splendid special effects take precedence above story complexity or […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Avengers – Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame, while remaining worth a watch, is not Marvel’s best work. It’s not the series’ funniest installment, despite devoting a remarkable fraction of its unnecessary running time to jokes and gags; it’s not the most thought-provoking, with story decisions and contrivances that undermine its “move-on” message on multiple occasions; it’s not even the most […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Captain Marvel

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“Thank you, Stan.” Captain Marvel’s opening montage, a collection of Stan Lee portraits set against the Marvel Studios logo, is a poignant and meaningful dedication to an iconic personality who was partly responsible for giving popular culture a bevy of iconic characters with abilities as diverse as their backgrounds. They’re joined by Carol Danvers, an […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Incredibles 2

Pixar's latest is a big-hearted follow-up to a beloved film. PHOTOSENSITIVITY WARNING.

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Despite feeling remarkably familiar for being such a long-awaited sequel, Incredibles 2 adeptly balances exciting action alongside thought-provoking and humorous family relations and is an easy recommendation for viewers seeking heroic adventures that don’t limit themselves to a teenage-and-above audience. Please note: If you or your loved ones have symptoms of epilepsy or photosensitivity, be […]

[Reviews] Movie Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story

Sometimes simpler is better, as Ron Howard's impressive contribution to the series proves.

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Han Solo’s origin story is a genuinely fun action movie that recalls the lighthearted tone of the original Star Wars films without blatantly mimicking their structure or leaning too hard on nostalgia. The new characters are fun to watch, the old ones are given genuine reasons to appear instead of simply being thrown in, and […]

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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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