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7 Books That Should Be Adapted For Film

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– By Amanda Valdovinos – It’s no secret that the trend of adapting books, short stories, and other published material to the big screen is on the rise in Hollywood. Literature has always been one of the first sources for the film industry to draw on for inspiration, but why the sudden influx of material …

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A Bold Finale Tops Off the Adequate Bulk of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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(2018—Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (with reservations) (out of 5 stars)  “Did you do it?” “Yes.” “What did it cost?” “Everything.” Potential spoilers below (including spoilers for Thor: Ragnarök, Aliens, and Alien 3) Few can deny that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (hereafter shortened to MCU) has altered …

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Troubled Productions: Are More Projects Experiencing Hiccups Than Ever Before?

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– By Joe Campbell – On June 20th, 2017, five months into shooting Solo: A Star Wars Story and mere weeks away from wrapping production, Lucasfilm replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller as directors on the project and hired acclaimed director Ron Howard to reshoot the majority of the movie.  This isn’t the only time …

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On ‘Schindler’s List,’ Human Value, and the Mysterious Power of Grace

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” So goes a Jewish proverb that Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) uses to console a regret-haunted Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) at the end of Steven Spielberg’s life-affirming masterpiece Schindler’s List (1993). These simple yet …

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Brooding, PTSD-Fueled Brutality in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

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(2018—Director: Lynne Ramsay) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “McCleary said you were brutal.” (beat) “I can be.” — Sen. Albert Votto (Alex Manette) and Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) Potential spoilers below In the opening for my review for The Beguiled last summer, I described writer-director Sofia Coppola as one …

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10 Foreign Animation Studios That Want To Compete With Disney-Pixar

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– By Katherine Sanderson – Since the 1990s, major animation companies like Disney have been outsourcing (meaning they have the animation done by other smaller companies) portions of their films and tv series, and in recent years, the entirety of their projects, to foreign animation companies. But as with the entire global film industry, that is …

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Why Do Movie Trailers Spoil So Much?

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– By Tyler Carlos – (Spoilers Below) Living in today’s culture, people are constantly bombarded with advertisements for the latest trends, gadgets, and experiences available. With the non-stop onslaught of advertisements, it seems like one group will always get the short end of the stick – moviegoers. In order to leave an impression, trailers have …

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‘A Quiet Place’ and Making Hollywood Accessible to the Blind + Deaf

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– By Katherine Sanderson – John Krasinski’s directorial debut, the horror film A Quiet Place, premiered over a week ago, and since its release, has been at the top of the box office. While many audiences are drawn in by the real-life husband and wife team of John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in the film, the standout …

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Convoluted and Unengaging Stakes Inhabit a Watered-Down Middle Eastern Hive in ‘Beirut’

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(2018—Director: Brad Anderson) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “Right now, we’re not ruling out anyone. Everything’s in play.” “What is it you want me to do?” “You’re an experienced negotiator. Negotiate.” — Gary Ruzak (Shea Whigham) and Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm)  Potential spoilers below One would think, in …