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7 Overlooked (But Excellent!) Christmas Movies

In Culture, Featured, Matthew Sawczyn by Impact Admin

– By Matthew Sawczyn – We all have them, those films we watch this time of year, every year. It’s A Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, Die Hard… (insert your own personal or family favorites). But, because the Christmas season lasts until the Feast of the Baptism …

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‘Outlaw King’ Gives the Historical Accuracy of ‘Braveheart’ a Run For Its Money

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– By Maria Andress – Not for the faint of heart, Netflix’s “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine might just be the best Scottish film on the scene as far as historical portrayal goes. This is a mature film—rated R for some nudity (mostly a sex scene that is easily skipped), some language, and the obvious gore of that period’s wars—but …

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Doing Good for the Sake of Good in ‘Instant Family’

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–By Sam Hendrian– “Ellie, people who take foster kids are really special. The kind of people who volunteer when it’s not even a holiday. We don’t even volunteer on a holiday!” These hilarious words said by Pete Wagner (Mark Wahlberg) to Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) in 2018’s Instant Family summarize the film’s richly-relevant thematic core. Can noble deeds only be …

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‘Mirai’ Brings to Life a Little Boy’s Household Adventure

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Mamoru Hosoda) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Be nice to her, okay? You have to protect her.” — Okâsan/Mother (Kumiko Asô, dubbed by Rebecca Hall) to Kun (Moka Kamishiraishi, dubbed by Jaden Waldman) Potential spoilers below Among the handful of anime directors touted these past two decades as “the new Miyazaki”, it …

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4 Ways to Make Prydain Great Again

In Culture, Featured, Matthew Sawczyn by Impact Admin

– By Matthew Sawczyn – In case you missed it, like most of humanity, Disney (somewhat) recently reacquired the film rights to the award winning children fantasy series, Chronicles of Prydain. Written by Lloyd Alexander from 1964 to 1968, the Chronicles of Prydain is a wonderful coming of age story, concerning a humble peasant boy with dreams of being a …

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‘The Apartment’: A Poignant Commentary on Virtuous Romance

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Some people take, some people get took. And they know they’re getting took and there’s nothing they can do about it.” These piercing words said by Fran Kubelik to C.C. “Bud” Baxter in 1960’s The Apartment summarize the film’s rather bleak outlook on the modern business …

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ and the Inconsistent Canon of the Wizarding World

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Tyler Carlos by Impact Admin

– By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below for both Fantastic Beasts movies and the Harry Potter series The Wizarding World just got a little bit bigger. After 2 years of waiting, the second installment of JK Rowling’s newest expansion of the Wizarding World has finally hit the big screen. Released on November 16, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald continues …

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How the ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Finale Undermines the Strength of Its Horror Story

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– By James Powers – Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House really illustrates the truth of that cliche motivational aphorism: “shoot for the moon – even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Creator Mike Flanagan has indeed shot for the moon with this show, attempting a low-key insane balancing act between horror and drama. It’s something like a …