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Ben Wheately’s adaptation of ‘Rebecca’ falls short

November 19, 2020

Filmmaker Ben Wheately’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s tale of second-wife blues is hollow and in desperate need of assistance.   The film starts with a chance encounter between the...

Bill Murray steals the show in Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks”

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray are the stars of Sofia Coppola's newest film,
November 12, 2020

Sofia Coppola’s newest film “On the Rocks” is a bittersweet father-daughter comedy set in the bustling city of New York. Coppola casts actors Bill Murray and Rashida Jones who play a loving father-daughter...

‘Onward’ is the movie we deserve right now

Left to right: Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star as elf brothers Ian and Barley, respectively in Pixar's Onward.  
Courtesy of Disney
April 8, 2020

In light of current events, a lot of recently released movies are becoming available through streaming platforms. It’s during this particularly unmotivated time, that film can become a fun escape where...

‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: a lesbian romance done with love

Left to right: Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant star as Héloïse and Marianne in
April 2, 2020

Of the vast amount of lesbian dramas that have emerged from the last decade, most have been the product of a male director, containing graphic sex scenes that don’t necessarily contribute to the plot,...

‘Emma.’ is a visually breathtaking adaptation

March 11, 2020

Jane Austen’s classic novel, “Emma.” gets another readaptation in Director Autumn De Wilde’s visually beautiful version of a classic story of rich, young matchmaker Emma Woodhouse. As far as...

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film

‘The Invisible Man’ is a true psychological horror film
March 5, 2020

If anyone has been feeling a little underwhelmed by the latest films in the horror and thriller genre to come out—à la “The Turning”—then I’m here to say that “The Invisible Man” has come...

‘P.S. I Still Love You’ is the sequel that hits softly

Noah Centineo holding Lana Condor
February 28, 2020

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” the sequel to Netflix’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018), deepens Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky’s (Noah Centineo) relationship,...

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is fun and redeeming

Sonic the Hedgehog
February 19, 2020

Director Jeff Fowler’s feature directorial debut, “Sonic the Hedgehog,” takes the classic video game character into a fun, carefree movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously.  It’s...

‘The Lighthouse’ is beautiful yet upsetting

Willem Dafoe (left) and Robert Pattinson (right) star as Thomas Wake and Ephrain Winslow, two lighthouse keepers stuck on an island for four weeks off the coast of New England, in
November 5, 2019

With its standout performances and unique approach to cinematic horror, “The Lighthouse” is one of the best horror films of the decade. "The Lighthouse" is the newest film from director Robert...

‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ is a refreshing and hilarious comedy

Zach Galifianakis plays as himself in
October 14, 2019

“Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is a hilarious film that reflects Zach Galifianakis’ exceptional comedic style. “Between Two Ferns: The Movie” is a fictious spin-off of Galifianakis’...

‘Joker’ is a beautifully sinister film

Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is a failed comedian who's a downward spiral into madness transforms him into the Joker. 
Warner Bros. website photo
October 7, 2019

“Joker” is a gruesome, yet poignant adaptation of the infamous DC Comics villain. Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is a failed comedian who makes his living as a clown-for-hire. Fleck...

‘The Goldfinch’ is visually appealing but lacks substance

Ansel Elgort portrays Theo, a young man who was orphaned at a young age after his mother was killed in bombing. 
Warner Bros. website photo
September 30, 2019

Though this film has its moments of excellence, “The Goldfinch” is mundane and has its fair share of shortcomings. Based on a novel of the same name by Donna Tartt, “The Goldfinch”...

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