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‘Incredibles 2’: The Long-Awaited Return of Pixar’s Superhero Family

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

(2018—Director: Brad Bird) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Done properly, parenting is a heroic act. Done properly.” — Edna Mode (Brad Bird) to Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson)  Potential spoilers below I was not always a big supporter of feature animation on the big screen. By the summer of 2008, I was …

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On ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,’ Friendship, and Motherhood

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I’ll be right here.” Such are the simple but transcendentally comforting words that any of us would love to hear from someone we cherish. A promise of spiritual companionship even when worlds apart, they are the last lines the alien creature E.T. speaks to the human …

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9 Ways ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Failed, and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Succeeded

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – Within a month of each other, Disney and Universal are going head-to-head with the newest installations of their biggest franchises: Star Wars and Jurassic Park, respectively. Many have been fast to blame the failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the box office on the marketing, or even the film premise itself, but in my …

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Suppressed Grief & Twisted Possession in ‘Hereditary’

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

(2018—Director: Ari Aster) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Our sacrifice will pale next to the rewards.” — Note from late mother Ellen Leigh to daughter Annie Graham (Toni Collette) “You know you were her favorite, right?” — Mother Annie Graham (Toni Collette) to daughter Charlie Graham (Milly Shapiro) Potential spoilers below In 2011, …

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How Harry Potter Became a Global Brand – Part Two

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – This is the fifth article in a six-part series (The first and second covered ‘Marvel’ and the third and fourth covered ‘Star Wars’).  For each brand, the first article covers the corporate strategy that initially launched them, and the second covers how they expanded the brand, with marketing partnerships, consumer products, and themed entertainment. This article is continued from How Harry Potter Became a …

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An Origin Tale Fit for a Pilot & a Scoundrel in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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

(2018—Director: Ron Howard) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.” “Sounds like a lonely way to live.” “It’s the only way.” — Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) Potential spoilers below A ubiquitous media franchise, like any creative endeavor, does not …

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The Intertwinement of Pride & Despair in ‘First Reformed’

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

(2018—Director: Paul Schrader) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “How easily they talk about prayer, those who have never really prayed.” — Rev. Toller (Ethan Hawke) “Even a pastor needs a pastor.” — Head Pastor Joel Jeffers (Cedric Antonio Kyles) to Rev. Toller (Ethan Hawke) Potential spoilers below Writer-director Paul Schrader has carved out …

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How Harry Potter Became a Global Brand – Part One

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – This is the fifth article in a six-part series (The first and second covered ‘Marvel’ and the third and fourth covered ‘Star Wars’). For each brand, the first article covers the corporate strategy that initially launched them, and the second covers how they expanded the brand, with marketing partnerships, consumer products, and themed entertainment. In the …

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What’s Going On With MoviePass?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Tyler Carlos by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Tyler Carlos – Since MoviePass first launched its $9.95/mo unlimited movies service back in August 2017, it has become one of the most discussed topics surrounding the film industry. This service basically allows you to see as many movies as you want (limited to one a day) for practically nothing. For movie buffs out there, this was nothing …