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Jordan Peele delivers another instant-classic horror film

Lupita Nyong'o stars as Adelaide Wilson, a mother who's family is terrorized by their evil doppelgangers. 
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Angel Ortega

March 24, 2019

Although it’s not a perfect horror film, Jordan Peele's “Us” is an outstanding film layered with social commentary and symbolism. Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) and her husband, Gabe (Winston Duke), spend their family vacation at a summer home, Adelaide’s childhood home, nea...

‘A Madea Family Funeral’ delivers dull attempt at comedy in typical Tyler Perry fashion

Tyler Perry stars as Mabel

Angel Ortega

March 15, 2019

With a horrid narrative and writing style, Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral” brings nothing new to the table and exhibits Perry’s consistently poor work ethic as a filmmaker. In the 11th and final film of the Madea film series, Madea and her brother Joe (both played by Perry)...

‘Captain Marvel’ displays an astronomical origin story

Brie Larson stars as Vers, an extraterrestrial warrior from the Kree planet, Hala. 
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Angel Ortega

March 11, 2019

Though it carries some flaws, “Captain Marvel” is an excellent superhero movie with an outstanding performance from Brie Larson. “Captain Marvel,” the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), tells the origin story of Vers (Brie Larson), an extraterrestrial Kree warr...

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is all flash but no substance

Rosa Salazar stars as Alita, a female cyborg, in

Angel Ortega

February 24, 2019

“Alita: Battle Angel” attempts to compensate a flawed narrative with stunning visuals. The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez, takes place in the year 2563. A cataclysmic war, known as "the fall," has left Earth devastated. While salvaging through the scrapyard of Iron City, Ido (Christop...

‘The Hate U Give’ is a forgettable drama

Amandla Stenberg plays as Starr Carter.
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Angel Ortega

February 15, 2019

“The Hate U Give,” directed by George Tillman Jr., follows Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a high school girl who lives in a poor, mostly black neighborhood but attends a private school in an affluent, predominately white neighborhood. Carter struggles to come to terms with her racial an...

‘The Lego Movie 2′ is much more than a kids’ movie

Emmet Birckowski, voiced by Chris Pratt, in

Angel Ortega

February 10, 2019

“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is a cleverly written comedy with almost no dull moments. In the sequel to “The Lego Movie” (2014), the film picks up where it left off five years ago. The city of Bricksburg is threatened when LEGO DUPLO alien invaders pose a threat to the ci...

Director Barry Jenkins delivers another masterpiece with ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Kiki Layne (left) and Stephan James (right) star as Tish and Fonny in Barry Jenkins' newest film,

Angel Ortega

February 6, 2019

From Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk” is a romance set in 1970s Harlem, New York. It follows the lives of Tish (Kiki Layne) and her fiancé, Alonzo (Stephan James) who goes by the nickname Fonny. Tish and Fonny are young, in love and ready to...

“The Favourite” is a brilliant period piece

Angel Ortega

January 31, 2019

“The Favourite” captures some of the best on-screen performances and exquisite production values this year. The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, follows Queen Anne of Britain (Olivia Colman) in her later years during the late 18th century. As war with France drains the British economy and as...

‘Shoplifters’ manages to steal the hearts of moviegoers

Left to right: Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Miyu Sasaki, Kairi Jo, and Lily Franky star in

Angel Ortega

January 22, 2019

With an incredible cast and immersive storytelling, “Shoplifters” delivers one of the most poignant films about family and love.“Shoplifters,” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, revolves around a Tokyo family living in poverty who shoplift for basic necessities just to get by. When ...

‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ surprises in a good way

Lewis (Owen Vacarro, center) with his uncle, Jonathan (Jack Black, right) and the neighbor witch, Florence (Cate Blanchett, left) in

Ulises Duenas

October 1, 2018

Director Eli Roth puts his horror background to good use by venturing into whatever dark pit Jack Black's career has been in and temporarily digs him out for "The House with a Clock in Its Walls".It's surprising to see the guy that directed "The Green Inferno" direct a family movie. Eli Roth has done a great job of making so...

‘The Predator’ gets it all wrong

He's gonna shoot something.

Ulises Duenas

September 18, 2018

Making a good "Predator" movie shouldn't be difficult. Just have an alien monster chase a bunch of military dudes around until the coolest one is left alive. "The Predator" feels like three different movie ideas jammed into one and it doesn't pull any of them off well. If you're going to make a "Predator" movie in this d...

‘Next Gen’: The newest animated movie you’ve already seen

A scene from the new animated film from Netflix,

Ulises Duenas

September 13, 2018

Netflix continues its trend of putting out movies that make people say "oh it's like (insert movie) but not as good" with "Next Gen."You've got a girl and you've got a robot, and they're going on an adventure where they will learn about each other and themselves while fighting evil. Have you fallen as...

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