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‘Logan’: Hugh Jackman’s Send-Off as Wolverine

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(2017- Director: James Mangold) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Many have credited 2000’s X-Men for spearheading the second generation of comic book cinema that has largely taken over the entertainment industry today. Moviegoers acquainted themselves with other comic book properties arriving on the big screen while also making successful the eight succeeding X-Men installments. Then, when stars Hugh Jackman …

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Power of Story Essay Contest Winner: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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John Paul the Great Catholic University believes in the power of story to impact us in profound ways. The “Power of Story Essay Contest” asks prospective students (juniors or seniors in high school) to write an essay reflecting on a story they have experienced (novel, short story, play, video game, or film) that was particularly effective in drawing its audience …

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Movie Review: Christian Themes in “The Shack”

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–By Renard Bansale– (Diretor: Stuart Hazeldine, 2017) In 2007, William P. Young’s novel The Shack surprised readers throughout America, becoming a New York Times bestseller, so Hollywood producers quickly sought to adapt it for the big screen. I approached this film with some apprehension due to its overt Christian nature, since most of the heavy Christian films that I’ve seen …

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The Top 10 Most Underrated Films of 2016

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Renard’s 10 Most Underrated Films of 2016 In life as well as in sports, we root for the underdog, either because we are underdogs ourselves or because we cannot stand even the smallest of injustices. Today, I am going to list my most underrated films of 2016 and briefly explain why. Why these films are “underrated” has nothing to do …

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Connected to Humanity: Olivia Nelson’s Hollywood Story

In Alumni Profiles, Featured, Industry News and Interviews by John LaCrosse

— By Hannah Dorss– Olivia Nelson graduated from John Paul the Great Catholic University with a Communications Media degree in 2015. After working in Hollywood for a year, she is now living and working in Georgia, where she is currently co-writing a children’s film. Olivia Nelson loves working in the film industry not because it’s a glamorous lifestyle, but because …

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“Get Out” Movie Review

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— By Renard Bansale– Warning: Potential spoilers ahead…or rather, beneath (Director: Jordan Peele, 2017) As the United States and the world coasts from the aftermath of a most controversial presidential election, many wonder whether the problem of racism has improved between the time that Barack Obama took the reins as the 44th president and this past January when he made …

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Did You Agree With the 2017 Oscar Winners?

In Movie & TV Reviews, Posts, Renard's Movie Reviews by John LaCrosse

What did you think of the Oscar winners? Would you have voted differently? JPCatholic Film Critic Renard Bansale gives his picks below: Written Saturday, February 25th, 2017 If Renard Voted for the 89th Academy Awards (2016) The Oscars are this Sunday and debates and betting contests continue up until that beat of silence while the presenter opens the sealed envelope …

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Renard’s Top 10 Films of 2016

In Renard's Movie Reviews, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

With each new year emerges a bevy of top 10 lists from every possible subject of interest, and film is no different. Most critics, both amateur and professional, would write and publish these lists in time for the new year. Some, on the other hand, prefer to wait an additional month to ensure a thorough consideration of all those potential …