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After 20 Years In Development, Futuristic Gemini Man Forgets To Update Its Script | Movie Review |

Gemini Man is a film that was 20 years in the making, but it didn’t update its story with its technology. After spending two decades in development, Gemini Man finally got its release in theaters. Directed by Ang Lee, the action-thriller follows a hitman who is targeted by a young clone of himself while on […]

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) | Movie Review |

Described as a modern-day Mark Twain style adventure story, writers and directors Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz’s directorial debut The Peanut Butter Falcon lived up to its description. The adventure comedy-drama stars Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen and is a modern retelling of Huckleberry Finn. The Roadside Attractions film follows a young man who […]

The Farewell (2019) | Movie Review |

The difference between eastern and western culture is larger than the distance between the United States and China. No matter their differences, wanting the best for your family is a universal language that all cultures can understand. Based on an actual lie, writer and director Lulu Wang’s latest film, The Farewell brings both cultures together in one […]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Movie Review |

Director Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated 9th film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is a fairy tale tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age. The writer-director’s 9th film is set in an alternate timeline and is his take on the events that would lead up to the Manson murders. On a 90 million dollar budget, Tarantino […]

Woodstock or Bust (2019) | Movie Review |

The counterculture movement of the 1960s was one of the most pivotal movements in United States history. During the summer of 1969, Woodstock — one of the largest music festivals in American history with more than 400,000 people in attendance — was born. The festival’s popularity has withstood the test of time, and there were failed […]

The Public (2019) |Movie Review|

Homelessness, race, mental illness, government responsibility and social advocacy are just a few things that director and writer Emilio Estevez is trying to address in his newest film, The Public. Estevez stars in the film alongside an ensemble cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Gabrielle Union, Jacob […]

The Mustang (2019) |Movie Review|

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre takes the reins with her feature film directorial debut, The Mustang. The Focus Features’ drama stars Matthias Schoenaerts as an incarcerated convict in Nevada, and his journey while participating in a rehabilitation program centered around training wild horses. The film also stars Jason Mitchell, Gideon Adlon, Connie Britton and Bruce Dern. Spoilers after the trailer. […]

Canal Street (2019) |Movie Review|

In today’s world people are quick to judge before knowing all of the facts. “Guilty until proven innocent,” is the tagline for director Rhyan Lamarr’s newest film, Canal Street. Canal Street, like Beale Street, figuratively speaking, is a road in life where people upon opposite paths happen to come across each other. Canal Street stars Bryshere […]

Shoplifters (2018) |Movie Review|

What really makes a family? Type the word into Google and this is the result:Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s newest film, Shoplifters, takes these definitions and explores them in a realistic, heartbreaking and insightful way. Hirokazu Kore-eda also serves as the writer and editor of the family crime drama that stars Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kairi Jō, Mayu Matsuoka, Miyu […]

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) |Movie Review|

After releasing 2016’s Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins has returned with his latest film, If Beale Street Could Talk, which is based on James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name. The runner-up for the Toronto International Film Festival’s People Choice Award, the Annapurna Pictures distributed film stars Kiki Layne and Stephan James, and is a story about how the power of […]

Green Book (2018) |Movie Review|

From the Farrelly brother that gave us the infamous anthology comedy Movie 43 comes Green Book, a drama-comedy that is getting serious Oscar buzz this awards season. The Peter Farrelly directed film gets its title from The Negro Motorist Green Book, a guidebook that African-Americans used to navigate throughout the country when finding restaurants and lodges that would accept them […]

Bodied (2018) |Movie Review|

A thesis on the poetic function of the ‘n-word’ in battle rap is the catalyst for Bodied, a satirical drama-comedy into the world of battle rap. The film is produced by the former battle rapper Eminem’s Shady Films and distributed by YouTube Red Premium. The film is directed by the famed music video director Joseph Kahn, who also serves as […]

Can You Ever Forgive Me? |Movie Review|

“You pissed in a closet,” an actual quote from a film I just watched about the life of an author turned letter forger and it was… incredible. The biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me? starring Melissa McCarthy (The Happytime Murders) and Richard E. Grant (Logan) is based on the Lee Israel memoir of the same name. Fox Searchlight distributed the […]

Bohemian Rhapsody |Movie Review|

After being caught in development hell a landslide and finally escaping into reality, the long-awaited biopic of the British rock band Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, has arrived in theaters. The film is a British-American joint venture with production companies such as 20th Century Fox (also distributor), GK Films, New Regency, Queen Films and it is directed by the controversial Bryan Singer. Executive producers include the original […]

All About Nina |Movie Review|

Eva Vives’s directorial debut All About Nina has a lot to say and is an important movie in today’s climate. Vives started writing the script around 3 years ago, and the film is a semi-biographical account of her life. The drama-comedy stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and 10 Cloverfield Lane) and Common (The Lion Guard, and The Chi) and premiered […]