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Technology Vs. Humanity: Why ‘Next Gen’ Is the Most Important Movie of 2018

In Culture, Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Amanda Valdovinos – Spoilers below. Amid the current saturation of dystopian and sci-fi content in the media industry, the vast majority of Netflix viewers may have missed last week’s release of the Netflix original animated film Next Gen. At first glance, Next Gen camouflages as “another cute robot film” in the same vein as Disney/Marvel’s Big Hero 6 …

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It’s not U, It’s Ur Gram: What ‘Eighth Grade’ Teaches Us About Society, Anxiety, and Maybe Even Sanctity

In Culture, Featured, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

– By James Powers – In many ways, I think most of us never quite grew out of the awkward terror of middle school. If this weren’t the case, how else would A24 have expected to successfully market its R-rated Eighth Grade? What would the target adult demographic have found compelling about a movie focused on that phase of life, …

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7 of the Best Female Characters in Action Movies

In Culture, Featured, Industry Insights by Amanda Valdovinos

– By M Pelchat – In your basic Hollywood action movie, there are usually only a few different types of female characters: the classic damsel in distress, the sexy warrior, or the emotionless assistant.  While these cliches make for simple stories, they often leave the audience with very forgettable characters. A female character should not be confined to one aspect, …

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Glenn Close Reaches Her “Nobel” Limit in ‘The Wife’

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

(2018—Director: Björn L. Runge) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Please don’t paint me as a victim; I am much more interesting than that.” — Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) to Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater) Potential spoilers below While the cinematic medium honors its origins in photography twenty-four times per second, it also takes much …

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‘Searching’: The Best Film the Screen POV Gimmick Will Ever Produce

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

(2018—Director: Aneesh Chaganty) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “I didn’t know her. I didn’t know my daughter.” — David Kim (John Cho) to Det. Sgt. Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) “As a parent myself, I can only imagine what you’re feeling.” — Det. Sgt. Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) to David Kim (John Cho) Potential …

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How Netflix Lost ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – This weekend, Crazy Rich Asians will make history as the first English-language film in 25 years to feature a nearly all-Asian cast, and to be released by a major studio. But the film can also boast another accolade: the film that Netflix could not get. Yes, the luxe romantic comedy potentially could have not graced the …

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The Wonders of Human Connection in ‘The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl’

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

(2018—Director: Masaaki Yuasa) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Senpai, what a coincidence!” “By chance, I was passing by.” — “The Girl With Black Hair” (Kana Hanazawa) and “Senpai” (Gen Hoshino) “Why do you drink?” “I was led by those I was fated to meet.” — Rihaku-san (Mugihito) and “The Girl With Black Hair” …

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On ‘Casino Royale,’ Redeeming Romance, and Points of No Return

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – If cliché has a name, it must be James Bond. This handsome secret agent who fights overly-ambitious super villains while employing ridiculously crafty gadgets and seducing beautiful women in his spare time has, for better or for worse, become an icon of popular entertainment since he …

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Coarse & Condensed Action Thrills in ‘Mile 22’

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

(2018—Director: Peter Berg) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “A battlefield could be a room with two people in it. That’s chaos. That’s fog.” — Overwatch Agent James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) to an unknown journalist Potential spoilers below In the crowded last third of the 2016 movie season, audiences had the opportunity to experience …