Movie Reviews

“Renaissance: The Film”

  Words by Kelila Ritchie   “Renaissance.” The word we keep seeing, thanks to Beyoncé. The tour that single handedly brought silver and chrome back to life. The album that gave birth to a completely different understanding of what love and unity could look like. This was an album created to get the people moving after such a stagnant point in all of our lives during COVID. The impact of this tour left concert goers feeling more than liberated, unique, one of one, number one. For those who could not make it (or if you’re like me and went to …

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January Film Review

Words by Harry Moore Wonka The early years of Roald Dahl’s whimsical chocolatier are brought to life in this sweet musical from “Paddington” director Paul King. Timothée Chalamet stars as Willy Wonka, a wide-eyed young man with a love for chocolate and a dream to share his delicious creations with the world. He, unfortunately, finds out that the sweets industry is run by a cabal of greedy and corrupt businessmen (played by Patterson Joseph, Matt Lucas and Matthew Baynton) known as the Chocolate Cartel who bribe the chief of police (Keegan Michael Key) to prevent any upcoming chocolatiers from growing …

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2023 Films in Review

Words by Harry Moore When it comes to film, 2023 will likely be remembered as a year marred with strikes and big-budget bombs. Hollywood has begun to reckon with an existential crisis that has been brewing since Silicon Valley came to town with streaming hobbling theaters and proving to not be a financially viable alternative to good old-fashioned ticket sales. Add in a depressed box office that has struggled to return to former heights following the pandemic, a rapidly grown cultural fatigue of superhero films — once one of the few guaranteed successes on the multiplex calendar — and you …

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FILM REVIEW

Words by Harry Moore “Killers of the Flower Moon” Martin Scorsese’s majestic epic is a soulful chronicle of one of America’s many great untold tragedies that works as a cumulative work from the masterful filmmaker as he reaches the twilight of his life and career. Based on David Grann’s acclaimed true crime book of the same name, “Killers of the Flower” takes place in Oklahoma during the 1920s when people in the Osage Nation struck oil on their land, bringing in great wealth, which was soon followed by greed, betrayal and death from those outside of their community as a …

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Film Reviews

Words by Harry Moore “The Equalizer 3”          Between Keanu Reeves and Liam Neeson, the middle-aged action hero has become all the rage over the past 15 years or so — and what better actor is there to take on an aging badass part than Denzel Washington? The third outing of “The Equalizer” finds the former CIA assassin Robert McCall (Washington), recuperating in an Italian seaside town after being injured in an altercation with drug smugglers. As he heals, he grows fond of the townspeople as they embrace him into their community. He soon learns that the town is being …

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Summer Movie Roundup

Words by Harry Moore Summer is the time of year where cineplexes are usually loaded with blockbusters. However, the summer season this year has seen a trail of busts limp their way through theaters in what was supposed to be Hollywood’s triumphant return to full force following the pandemic. Several of the studio tent poles have collapsed under the weight of their lofty budgets and middling receptions from critics and audiences, none more so than Warner Bros. much delayed, and even more maligned, superhero bomb “The Flash.” It was a long road to release for Andrés Muschietti, who also directed …

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Film Reviews

Words by Harry Moore “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” Despite their recent standing on shaky ground, Marvel has once again kicked off the summer movie season with an exciting and surprisingly emotional entry to their cinematic universe with the closing chapter in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy — which also signifies a broader chapter being closed for the MCU. Events pick up in the first Guardians film since the Avengers defeated Thanos with our titular band of heroic weirdos having spearheaded a growing community of misfits on the abandoned celestial giant head-turned-planet Nowhere. Within the group, Peter …

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Film Review: “Beau Is Afraid”

Ari Aster, the current darling of highbrow horror, has created an audacious and inherently polarizing tragicomic odyssey about the relationship between Jewish men and their mothers. Anxiety is a constant theme in “Beau Is Afraid.” As the title suggests, Joaquin Phoenix’s eponymous Beau is afraid of everyone and everything around him. And why wouldn’t he be? The version of New York he lives in is a chaotic hellscape ridden with roaming gangs, knife- wielding maniacs and venomous spiders. Unfortunately, Beau’s mother unexpectedly dies and he sets off on a perilous journey to her memorial.  Having made a name for himself …

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April Film Reviews

Words by Harry Moore  “Air” Hollywood’s one-time golden boys Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have collaborated once again to give us what is arguably the best film of the year so far. Following the consecutive releases in his directorial career of “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town” and “Argo,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013, Affleck was hailed as one of the most exciting and accomplished filmmakers of his generation. Unfortunately, his career behind the camera stalled after agreeing to play Batman for Zack Snyder, and it has been almost a decade since his last, not-as-well received …

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Movie Reviews: “Creed III,” “Scream VI” and “John Wick: Chapter 4”

Words by Harry Moore   Sequels have driven Hollywood for decades now and when it came to new entrants to long running film series, it was March Madness at the movie theater. While there may be not much in common in the recent releases of a rebooted slasher franchise, the spinoff of a decades old boxing series and the latest character fronted by an action legend, each film delivered on meeting the expectations from what has come before while striving to tread new ground for their ongoing stories. For latter sequels in long running series, it rarely gets much better …

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