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‘Tomb Raider’: Lara Croft’s Lackluster Return to the Big Screen

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(2018—Director: Roar Uthaug) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Come on, it’ll be an adventure.” “Death is not an adventure.” — Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) and Lu Ren (Daniel Wu) Potential spoilers below Since its debut in 1996, the Tomb Raider franchise has become a mainstay in action adventure gaming, selling 63 million copies …

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Style as Substance: The Beauty of Simplistic Storytelling in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

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– By Joe Campbell – The following article discusses specific plot points from the movie Mad Max: Fury Road, and thus contains spoilers. In the few years since George Miller’s return to the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road has been revered as a modern classic of sorts.  The film was lauded by critics on its release and was …

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The Return of Stop-Motion Animation

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How Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs May Have Inspired Recent Oscar Winners to Revitalize A Niche Industry – By Katherine Sanderson – With the failure of Early Man at the box office last month, it would seem the future of stop-motion animation was bleak. If Aardman Animations, the original stop-motion pioneering studio, with star power like Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, …

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Mentor Reflections: Chris Riley’s Advice for Screenwriters

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– By Sam Hendrian – JPCatholic screenwriting professor Chris Riley’s professional career in film has included fourteen years in the script department at Warner Brothers and multiple screenplays, including the award-winning courtroom thriller After the Truth. He also wrote The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style, which is used as a textbook in film schools across …

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Empowerment Across Light Years in ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

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(2018—Director: Ava DuVernay) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★ (out of 5 stars) “You just have to find the right frequency, and have faith in who you are.” — Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) to Meg Murry (Storm Reid) Potential spoilers below For the past decade or so, director Ava DuVernay has honed her craft on documentaries and independent …

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‘Altered Carbon’ or Carbon Copy?

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– By Carly Twehous – As far as the ever-increasing number of disastrous Netflix originals go, Altered Carbon is… not the worst, but, it’s no Daredevil or Stranger Things, either. Here’s the elevator pitch: a ten-episode retelling of Blade Runner, but in San Francisco. Let me explain. Three-hundred years in the future, resurrection and immortality are completely up for bid… …

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On ‘The Shape of Water,’ Loneliness, and the Purpose of Sexual Intimacy

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– By Sam Hendrian – Well, the Academy has spoken, and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water has been declared the best movie of 2017. Whether or not you agree with the Academy’s decision– I myself would have chosen Phantom Thread— it is undeniable that The Shape of Water is a beautifully filmed and thought-provoking piece of cinema despite …

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On ‘American Graffiti’ and Having the Courage to Leave Our Comfort Zones

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Spoilers Below Before there was Luke Skywalker, there was Curt Henderson. Ring a bell? Probably not. He is the ordinary but immensely relatable young man at the heart of American Graffiti, George Lucas’s first hit film that came out four years before Star Wars. A fun, …

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Chaos & Creation on an Ecological Level in ‘Annihilation’

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(2018—Director: Alex Garland) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Almost none of us commit suicide, but almost all of us self-destruct.” — Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Lena (Natalie Portman) Potential spoilers below Few writers have demonstrated versatility with regards to artistic medium like Alex Garland. The English writer had three novels and five …