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‘Bob Marley: One Love’: Review

At some point in our lives, we’ve been touched by the power of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ music, its influence and, more importantly, its confluence on the global stage, as a political conflict is at the edge of boiling over in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s frenetic biopic, Bob Marley: One Love. Set in 1976, political [...]

By |2024-02-21T08:57:42-07:00February 21st, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘The Zone of Interest’

Make no mistake - Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest is a brutal movie to endure. The Cannes Grand Prix and FIPRESCI prize-winning film (2023) compels and draws you into Rudolf Höss’ (Christian Freidel) story. Set in 1943, Höss is the commandant at Auschwitz, seeking an idyllic piece of heaven while the hell he reigns [...]

By |2024-01-19T10:34:54-07:00January 19th, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Mean Girls’

Thinking back on your high school days, most of the chaos seen in the latest iteration of Mean Girls is probably something you’ve not experienced. The turmoil and insanity from the mind of Tina Fey, directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr, is an extension of Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 book, Queen Bees and the [...]

By |2024-01-12T15:45:40-07:00January 12th, 2024|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’

As I get older, I struggle with the idea of fantasy films. There are fewer days ahead than there are behind me. Yet, no matter our respective ages, there is always a hero to look up to, someone whose values we want to take in and adopt as our own. Some of us have kids, [...]

By |2023-12-22T12:03:23-07:00December 22nd, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Poor Things’

Greek film director Yorgos Lanthimos is unique for many reasons, chiefly his ability to innovate storytelling within modern cinema. Black comedy is his forte, and his films have not been ones to hide behind their rhetoric, thankfully. Just a few years ago, the buzz built around The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and then, a [...]

By |2023-12-15T19:04:05-07:00December 15th, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Wonka’

There’s something peculiar about a character, first drafted on the pages of a novel, immortalized by a fantastic talent in a beautiful classic film adaptation, woefully reimagined by two gifted talents, and now marked by a brilliant pastiche of the character originated on the pages of a classic novel: Willy Wonka, this time brought to [...]

By |2023-12-15T13:20:36-07:00December 15th, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘The Oath’

Throughout history, stories of honor, courage, loyalty, and integrity have become known to modern audiences. Whether it be your favorite comic book superhero movie or a retelling of Biblical stories, our common ancestors took their word seriously. Their word was their bond. And so, the story of The Oath is another entry in the cinematic [...]

By |2023-12-08T00:58:21-07:00December 8th, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Saltburn’ Is Fennell’s Finest Hour; Keoghan Dazzles

One could be forgiven for walking away from Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn traumatized. However, that is not a sleight or a conceit on the part of the film. We each bring our own experiences to bear when watching a movie, our own vulnerabilities. We want to be entertained, and Fennell accomplishes that feat in spades. The [...]

By |2023-11-22T01:05:30-07:00November 22nd, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Napoleon’ Pushes Scott’s Epic Trajectory; Phoenix Shines

When one thinks about director Ridley Scott, “style” and “substance” come immediately to mind, no matter the project. Scott has never held one over the other; instead, they are synonymous with his directing style - artful with intent. No matter the landscape, regardless of the character, whether likable or repugnant, Scott has not shied away [...]

By |2023-11-22T00:51:42-07:00November 22nd, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Review: ‘Priscilla’

In light of Baz Luhrman’s 2022 expose of Elvis Presley, how would an adaptation of Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir, Elvis and Me (written with Sandra Harmon) look on the silver screen? If you’re to take the reaction from the crowds that saw Priscilla at Venice, New York, and Vancouver, Coppola's adaptation and stars Cailee Spaeny [...]

By |2023-11-03T08:50:24-07:00November 3rd, 2023|Movie Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments