On Screen

September Movie Reviews

Bullet Train A group of disparate and colorful assassins are placed on a speeding bullet train traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto in order to complete a job from a mysterious benefactor. Brad Pitt stars as the perennially unlucky retired hitman, Ladybug, in this entertaining but overly convoluted action comedy from director David Leitch, one of the minds behind the John Wick series and several other major action films from the past decade. The film’s plot is filled with double crosses and revelations that makes it nearly impossible to describe the events in an efficient manner, but the film is saved …

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August Film Reviews

Nope Jordan Peele has enjoyed one of the most unexpected second acts in the history of Hollywood; going from being a cult hero in the sketch comedy scene to being arguably the most prominent mainstream auteur to emerge in American cinema in the last 20 years, with Peele presenting himself as a kind of 21st century Rod Serling, telling modern-day parables about our culture through a lens of horror and science fiction. With his latest film, Nope, Peele looks to the skies to create thrills that are on the biggest scale he has done yet as an adaptive alien being …

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Small Screen Reviews

The Boys With superhero films and TV series dominating Hollywood for over a decade, it was inevitable a project would come along that sends up the mechanics of the genre and gives a satirical look at the cape and spandex-clad characters. The Boys, which is in its third season on Prime Video, shows us a world in which superheroes are depraved egomaniacs who act above the law and whose public images are handled buy a shady multinational corporation; essentially answering the age-old question of “what would the world look like if superheroes were real?” that has echoed around comic book …

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Vol. 36, Issue 14

In 1987, Folio Weekly made its debut—and Northeast Florida hasn’t been the same since. The “alternative newsweekly” brought a fresh, no holds barred approach to local journalism and served it up with a generous side of sarcasm and sass. No subject was off limits, and the staff were eager to explore them all, the good, the bad and the WTF. Fast forward to 2020 (speaking of WTF!), and Folio Weekly became its own story. More than 30 years after the paper’s publisher Sam Taylor announced Folio was ceasing publication due to economic issues related to the pandemic. But that wasn’t …

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July Film Reviews

Jurassic World: Dominion The sixth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise brings together all the stars from the almost 30-year-old series and asks the question of what would the world look like with dinosaurs and humans living side by side—and then swiftly ignores that premise in favor of a story about preventing some big bugs eating crops. Following events from 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom where dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes are set free from the captivity of a collection of shadowy elites by Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and a little British girl clone (Isabella Sermon), allowing the …

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Honest Art

Inside the Mind of Henry Nader The first time his paintings were on public display Henry R. Nader watched through the gallery window. Rather than pushing himself, his views and his artistic intentions onto the viewers, he sat back, observed and let people experience his art in the most natural way possible: through their own curiosity with their own interpretation. “I saw people having conversations around my pieces. I’m not sure what they had to say, but I’m happy to have sparked any conversation. Even if they were just talking about how much they hated it,” Nader recalled cheekily. Henry …

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June Movie Reviews

Harry Moore Top Gun: Maverick After more than 30 years, Tom Cruise has returned to his most iconic characte with the thrilling and long-awaited sequel, Top Gun: Maverick. Cruise stars as the hotshot fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, who after a long and decorated career still hasn’t progressed beyond the rank of captain, and still has his need for speed. After disobeying a direct order, Maverick is reassigned to the Top Gun Naval Academy to train a group of the Navy’s most skilled young pilots for a dangerous mission. Amongst the group of cadets is Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), …

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