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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’: Intense Romance Colorfully Blends With Black American Struggle

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(2018—Director: Barry Jenkins) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “You ready for this?” “I’ve never been more ready for anything in my whole life.” Potential spoilers below Few will forget that infamous moment (see here and here) at the tail end of the 89th Academy Awards. Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s smash …

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Year of the Spider: Why Spider-Man Had the Best 2018

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– By Tyler Carlos – (Spoilers Below for Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse and Avengers: Infinity War) *** “With great power comes great responsibility.” It seems like we’ve heard those words too many times to count since the first Spider-Man film was released in 2002. Since the release of that film, starring Toby Maguire, there have been …

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The Slavery of Sin and Manipulation in ‘The Favourite’

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–By Sam Hendrian– *WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS.  “Sometimes, you look like a badger. And you can rely on me to tell you… Because I will not lie! That is love!” These words spoken by the headstrong Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to the unpredictably temperamental Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite ring …

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‘Into the Spider-Verse’: Dazzling Visuals Offset a Rushed Plot Full of Missed Opportunities

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(2018—Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “No matter how many times you get hit, can you get back up?” — Gwen Stacey/Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld) to Miles Morales/Spider-Man (Shameik Moore) Potential spoilers below “All right, people, let’s do this one last time.” …

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‘The Graduate’ – A Timeless Examination of Spiritual Emptiness

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – BEN BRADDOCK: “Mrs. Robinson, do you think we could say a few words to each other first this time?” MRS. ROBINSON: “I don’t think we have much to say to each other.” This rather pathetic bedroom exchange between the 21-year-old Benjamin …

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Belated & Early-Peaking Yet Delightfully Gorgeous

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(2018—Director: Rob Marshall) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Some people think a great deal too much. Of that, I’m certain.” — Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) to Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) Potential spoilers below 2018 was a banner year for Disney, who made over $7.33 billion in worldwide box …

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‘Roma’ Finds Alfonso Cuarón at an Artistic Zenith

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(2018—Director: Alfonso Cuarón) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “We are alone. No matter what they tell you, women, we always are alone.” — Señora Sofía (Marina de Tavira) to Cleodegaria “Cleo” Gutiérrez (Yalitza Aparicio) Potential spoilers below Cinema in 2013 bolsters multiple candidates for “the most year-defining film”. The …

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Advent Aphorisms: 10 Inspiring Christmas Movie Quotes

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–By Sam Hendrian– As wonderful as they are supposed to be, the days leading up to Christmas can often feel rather hollow. Beyond the obvious superficiality of commercialized cheer, even religious rituals and the true meaning of the season may become darkened by rote routine and existential doubts. When illusions of meaninglessness creep into our …