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Nomadland

‘Nomadland’ is the road trip of a lifetime

Brian Lang, Film Critic February 28, 2021

For Fern (Frances McDormand) there’s never a question of “Are we there yet?” The main character of Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” (now streaming on Hulu) has no home and no clear destination in sight...

Palm Springs poster

‘Palm Springs’ explores the meaning of the perfect day

Brian Lang, Film Critic February 9, 2021

“It’s gonna be a great wedding!” That’s the first thing “Palm Springs” bridesmaid Sarah hears every morning when her eyes pop open. The unfortunate part is that she’s not going to weddings...

Wonder Woman

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is a colorful joyride with a couple of bumps

Brian Lang, Film Critic January 18, 2021

The supers have returned. After a year-long hiatus from the silver screen, DC and HBO Max have brought superheroes back with “Wonder Woman 1984,” and while Wonder Woman isn’t saving the day on the...

the prom

Netflix’s ‘The Prom’ is a splashy but disappointing mess

Brian Lang, Film Critic December 28, 2020

What do you get when you combine musical theater, a Netflix-sized budget and a grab bag of celebrities? A mess.  Netflix and Ryan Murphy (Glee), along with a gaggle of big-name actors, have teamed...

Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh in Little Women (2019)

Oscars 2020: the best of the best

Brian Lang, Film Critic 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

‘Knives Out’ builds a smart, funny mystery

Brian Lang, Film Critic 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...

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in Last Christmas (2019)

‘Last Christmas’ is sweet but forgettable

Brian Lang, Film Critic 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...

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

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

Brian Lang, Film Critic 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),...

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

‘Joker’ creates a compelling, dark origin story

Brian Lang, Film Critic 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...

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

‘Avengers: Endgame’ successfully wraps up a franchise

Brian Lang, Film Critic 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”...

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

‘Shazam’ reinvents the superhero drama

Brian Lang, Film Critic 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...

Pet Sematary

‘Pet Sematary’ a thrilling new adaptation of a classic

Peyton Alonzo, Reporter April 22, 2019

The 2019 adaptation of the infamous Stephen King’s novel 'Pet Sematary,' brings a thrilling upgrade to the story. This version is refreshingly unpredictable but, does stray away from the original film...

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