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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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[Reviews] Movie Review: Ratchet and Clank

It feels like the games that spawned it--so much so that you may as well just play those.

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Movies┬ábased on video games rarely receive warm welcomes, but Ratchet & Clank’s earnest treatment of a well-worn heroic journey is best described as forgettable but not awful: many of the jokes and action scenes feel like they’re working against their own film, but the whole production stays focused and makes too many acceptable design decisions […]

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[Reviews] Dedicated Movie Review: Wolf Children

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This review is dedicated to my longtime best friend–a lover of wolves, a conservationist, and an anime fan. And, very recently, the birthday girl! Director and co-writer Mamoru Hosoda delivers in Wolf Children a gem of an ode to the heartrending challenges and unimaginable joys of parenthood. Hana is a university student who falls in […]

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[Reviews] Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

A classic series' latest installment is a classic all its own and has gained new life under its new management.

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Director J.J. Abrams once said that as a youth he enjoyed Star Wars more than the Star Trek franchise he’s dabbled in, and the high-energy antics he brought to the latter franchise find the warmest of welcomes in George Lucas’ time-honored saga. The Force Awakens feels reverent of its venerable legacy even to an arguable […]

[Reviews] Movie Review: Sicario

This drug-war narrative in Mexico brings a conscience without alienating thrill-seekers

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(It feels so good to finally make time to finish a post I’d been too busy to work on for two months.) After FBI agent Kate Macer gets drawn into a conflict south of the Tex-Mex border, she learns that the war on drugs is much more complicated, and much more tragic, than any one […]

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