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Call Me by Your Name

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Call Me by Your Name

| December 15, 2017

Reactions to movies are subjective—that cannot be argued. And while people bring to movies what their own lives have supplied them with, I sometimes wonder at what point a movie falls just a bit short on its own terms as opposed to in regards to an audience member’s personal tastes. Call Me by Your Name […]

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Quest

Quest

| December 9, 2017

I saw this film Quest at the last Chicago International Film Festival and really enjoyed it. It’s a shame that I would say that I enjoyed a movie about a family’s struggle living and existing in North Philadelphia, but the director was able to show a tight-knit family that even though they were struggling, they […]

The Shape of Water

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The Shape of Water

| December 9, 2017

I’m not a person with that much of an affinity for the endearingly shoddy B-pictures of the Cold War era, but I completely understand the appeal—it just happens to be a genre that I haven’t endowed much time to. Color me a bit surprised to see that The Shape of Water, being an awards frontrunner […]

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Justice League

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Justice League

| December 8, 2017

It’s been no question that there’s a war between Marvel fans and DC fans, largely fueled by the perception that the films of the latter have been unjustly targeted in regards to poor storytelling and messy filmmaking. There are a lot of wars to choose from nowadays, so this war is pretty moot in my […]

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The Disaster Artist

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The Disaster Artist

| December 1, 2017

I remember in January 2013 when, one day before school, I saw a video that included clips from some low-budget movie. I was absolutely sure that it all—the acting, the music, the dialogue, the camera going out of focus—was all fake. However, I was only 16 years old and a junior in high school, and […]

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Detroit

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Detroit

| November 30, 2017

Let me start this off by saying that, being a white guy whose middle name is literally Christian, I’m not totally the person to speak about the issues of this film. That out of the way, I wasn’t expecting to have been so disappointed in Detroit, in terms of pacing and characterization, yes, but especially […]

Thirst Street

Thirst Street

| November 29, 2017

The box office success of the Fifty Shades of Grey films has thus far failed to inspire a return of Hollywood softcore popularized in the 80s and 90s with Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. Aside from a few stray examples of studios dipping their toes into those waters–of which only Unforgettable hit theaters with an […]

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Wonder

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Wonder

| November 25, 2017

When I write about movies that involve kids, I often feel obliged to discuss my resentment towards those little creatures that seem to telepathically gaslight adults into cuteness-fueled submission. However, I want to amend that by specifying that middle school kids are by far and away the ultimate scum of the earth, so Wonder really […]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

| November 17, 2017

In my eyes, there are two types of people when it comes to grief: those who become angry and those who become sad. The flood of emotions in the aftermath of a tragedy is fascinating in how contradictory it can be in terms of one’s own personality as well as the persona they project upon […]

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The Divine Order

The Divine Order

| November 16, 2017

Following a sold-out screening at the Chicago International Film Festival in October, The Divine Order – Switzerland’s official entry to the Oscars – is a total crowd-pleaser and winner of the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is garnering critical acclaim in New York as its theatrical release expands in the coming weeks. […]

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