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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a Slap in the Face to “The Force Awakens” (SPOILERS)

Spoilers Below. If you haven't seen THE LAST JEDI, then you probably shouldn't read this, as it won't make sense. And you should definitely see the movie to judge it for yourself. I sat in the theater as the credits rolled for Star Wars: The Last Jedi wondering what had just happened. I was in shock, but [...]

By |December 16th, 2017|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Movie Review: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

After watching “The Last Jedi” one thing has become clear.  Disney is intimidated by the Star Wars property they own.  Its massive value, rabid fan base, and cultural significance has frightened the house of mouse from doing anything unique. Instead, they keep falling back on saga-old cliches, dramatic head-fakes, and critical injections of nostalgia.   [...]

By |December 14th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Phoenix Critics Circle 2017 Award Nominees

The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces nominees for its annual awards. Members have narrowed the films from 2016 to the top nominees in each category. "The Shape of Water" leads with 7 nominations, followed by "Lady Bird" with six and "Get Out" with five. Voting is underway for the winners and they will be announced [...]

By |December 12th, 2017|Movie Reviews, News & Articles, Reviews|0 Comments

5 Things I Loved About “The Man Who Invented Christmas”

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the story of how one of the greatest novelists of all time, Charles Dickens,  came to create the quintessential holiday story: "A Christmas Carol."  It is one of my favorite films of the year and here's a list explaining why. 1. It's Refreshingly Inventive. When you watch the trailer of this [...]

By |November 22nd, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Review: “Justice League”

We all know that there were a lot of mixed feelings regarding Batman V Superman.  My fellow critics in general hated it for its lack of humor and general bleakness.  They seem to love Marvel movies and their generic, interchangeable, and predictable characters and plots without any real stakes.  I obviously differ from them in that [...]

By |November 15th, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Thor Ragnarok”

When I heard that Taika Watiti was directing the new Thor movie, I was understandably excited.  Watiti's previous film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople was among my favorite films of last year (#6 on my list, if you want to get specific).  I describe that film as Napoleon Dynamite but from New Zealand instead of Southeast Idaho. Marvel has a track [...]

By |November 1st, 2017|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review – “Only the Brave”

On the surface “Only the Brave” may resemble a number of other dramatized true stories.  Too often these movies end up homogenized and dull.  But that’s not the case with “Only the Brave”, a film that stands tall near the top of its genre. On June 30th, 2013, a group of 19 firefighters known as [...]

By |October 20th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “Blade Runner 2049”

Over the past few years, we’ve suffered through a swash of uninspired sequels being made decades too late.  Studios fish for our time and money with nostalgia garnished hooks.  Occasionally, the regurgitation offered up wasn’t entirely bad, but it’s difficult to recall any that verged on perfection. When a follow-up to the sci-fi classic “Blade [...]

By |October 6th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Movie Review: “American Made”

Following Andrew Jackson’s election in 1828, New York Senator William L. Marcy uttered the phrase, “To the victor belongs the spoils.” While the meaning behind Marcy’s phrase is straightforward, it can also be applied to Doug Liman’s engrossing American Made, a triptych around South America. The Reagan Administration’s involvement in the Iran-Contra affair in the [...]

By |September 28th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|1 Comment

Movie review: “The Ritual”

“The Ritual” – Ah, a guys' weekend.  When old friends get together for a weekend of fun and mischief, infinite possibilities exist, but many times they involve a ballgame, a destination city or an outdoor adventure.  For five 30-somethings – Luke (Rafe Spall), Hutch (Robert James-Collier), Phil (Arsher Ali), Dom (Sam Troughton), and Robert (Paul [...]

By |September 25th, 2017|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments