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‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ rouses and inspires

PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX
October 23, 2020

You can’t make up a story like this. Eight defendants, a caricature of a judge and the Federal Government square off in Netflix’s new drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” which covers the trial of...

‘The Devil All The Time’ promises a thrilling story that falls through

Tom Holland
October 9, 2020

In a year where theaters have been closed and the most exciting movies have been pushed into 2021, any blockbuster film feels like an oasis in the desert. Naturally, I was thrilled to hear about the new...

Oscars 2020: the best of the best

Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh in Little Women (2019)
February 3, 2020

The Oscars are just around the corner and predictions on who will win big are running rampant. Eight films are nominated for the highest honor of Best Picture this year, and this is my take on four of...

‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

Knives Out
December 3, 2019

A murder in an ornate mansion, contentious heirs gathering for a funeral, and an off-kilter detective looking for answers. Rian Johnson’s newest blockbuster “Knives Out” sounds like the setup for...

‘Last Christmas’ is sweet but forgettable

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in Last Christmas (2019)
November 11, 2019

Even though it’s not yet Thanksgiving, for many people, Christmastime is already here. As the holiday season approaches, many avid Christmas fans break out their favorite cheesy rom-coms, and now they...

‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ brings back the gang for more of the same laughs

Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone in Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
October 28, 2019

It’s been a long 10 years since “Zombieland” debuted, but our favorite team of zombie killers has still got it. After making it out of the first film unscathed, redneck Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson),...

‘Joker’ creates a compelling, dark origin story

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)
October 8, 2019

For 50 years, Batman has been a hit on the big screen. He’s faced countless enemies along the way, but his biggest foe has always been the Joker. Over the years, the Joker has been played by many talented...

‘It: Chapter 2’ has less fear and more feelings

It: Chapter 2 Image
October 1, 2019

After two years, the evil clown is back. The much-anticipated sequel to “It” is here with direction by Andy Muschietti and even though two years have passed for us, it’s been long 27 years for the...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ successfully wraps up a franchise

Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, and Karen Gillan in Avengers: Endgame (2019)
April 30, 2019

Marvel has finally done it. After 11 years and 21 movies, the Russo brothers and producer Kevin Feige have made a near perfect culmination of hundreds of hours of superhero drama. “Avengers: Endgame”...

‘Shazam’ reinvents the superhero drama

Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer in Shazam! (2019)
April 23, 2019

Being 14 is not fun, especially when you’re like Billy Batson, a kid in the foster system who was seemingly misplaced by his mom when he was little. But sometimes the universe needs saving, and when...

‘Dumbo’ tries to soar but sputters

Nico Parker in Dumbo (2019)
April 9, 2019

When a little elephant with big ears took flight 80 years ago, the world watched with awe. Since then, Disney’s animated classic Dumbo has been largely ignored until it was slated to be remade as a live-action...

‘Captain Marvel’ an exciting and powerful origin story

Brie Larson in Captain Marvel (2019)
March 26, 2019

Ever since Thanos snapped and half of the world’s population turned to dust last spring, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on edge. It seems like no amount of superhero films can satisfy us until...

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