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Movie Review: “A Wrinkle in Time”

After nearly 60 years of uninterrupted publication, the “unfilmable” beloved novel “A Wrinkle in Time” finally has a feature film.  But is it possible for a Disney movie to capture the magic, science, and fantasy and do justice to the themes explored within the imaginative narrative?  Considering concerned parents on both sides have tried to [...]

By |March 9th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

ASU Fall 2017 Capstones: Dogs and drunks, heroes and harlots

The ASU Fall 2017 Senior Film Showcase took place on December 2, 2017 and featured twelve examples of student work from the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theater that included a music video and two demo reels. After enduring the Spring 2017 Senior Capstone films way back in May, I had considered skipping the [...]

By |March 8th, 2018|Independent Film, Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Game Night”

At first glance, “Game Night” may look like another formula comedy where the best parts are in the trailer, the rest of the jokes were ad-libbed, and the credit bloopers show the cast having more fun making it than anyone watching it.  While the story is framed on a basic concept, what it does with [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Black Panther”

There’s a moment early in “Black Panther” where T’Challa’s(Chadwick Boseman) resourceful sister (Letitia Wright) playfully tells him, “Just because it works, doesn't mean it can’t be improved on.”  This line is clearly a message to those who have become critical of the now predictable MCU Formula. Even though each film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe [...]

By |February 16th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

3 Things I Liked About “Early Man” (And 2 I Didn’t)

There is a very strong chance that you like (or would like) the content released by Aardman Studios, even if you haven't heard that name before.  They are the creators behind the Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep franchises, as well as several other films like Flushed Away and Chicken Run.  They specialize is the dying art form of claymation as [...]

By |February 13th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review “Peter Rabbit”

It seems that 2018 is THE year for live-action/CG-hybrid adaptations of beloved British children's literature featuring anthropomorphic characters, with Paddington 2 being released last month and now Peter Rabbit this weekend. And while I absolutely adored Paddington 2, I just enjoyed Peter Rabbit. Here's the official synopsis from the studio: Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, [...]

By |February 7th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: Small Town Crime

2017 brought along with it a resurgence of surprisingly good, gritty, 70’s-esque crime dramas.  Like “Shot Caller” and “Brawl in Cell Block 99”, “Small Time Crime” fits nicely into this category, but exchanges some of the brutal violence in the former two with dry, awkward humor. Mike Kendall (John Hawkes) is an ex-cop and full-time [...]

By |January 21st, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: 12 Strong

Mere weeks after the 9/11 attacks a team of 12 American special ops soldiers assembled in Afghanistan.  Their mission was riddled with unknowns, but their purpose was clear: to destabilize the Taliban’s hold over the region and pave the way for the impending Allied Offensive.  To do this they would have to team up with [...]

By |January 20th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

6 Reasons “Paddington 2” is Absolutely Brilliant

If you would have told me 2 years ago that the sequel to the perfectly good film, Paddington, would get a perfect score from me, I would have laughed you out of town.  Yet that's exactly what has happened.  I couldn't believe how much I loved it when I walked out the theater. Her are the 6 [...]

By |January 9th, 2018|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: Insidious: The Final Key

Now that the “Insidious” series has dropped its “chapter” moniker, it’s becoming difficult to remember which episode you are watching.  But with a timeline more jumbled than the “Fast & the Furious”, even the Chapters weren’t much help.  To be clear, this is the fourth movie in the series, but takes place both first and [...]

By |January 5th, 2018|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments