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Reluctant Revenge and Biblical References in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

In Movie & TV Reviews, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

(2017—Director: Matt Reeves) Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Maurice was right. I am like Koba. He could not escape his hate…and I still cannot escape mine.” – Caesar (Andy Serkis) Potential spoilers below The rebooted Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy has become the defining trilogy of the 2010s, managing to improve with each installment. Rise of the Planet …

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Virgin Territory: A ‘Jane the Virgin’ Review

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— By Carly Twehous — At a young age, Jane Villanueva made a promise to her telenovela-obsessed grandmother. Whilst holding a beautiful white flower in her hand, Jane swore to never crumble the flower of her virginity… Until marriage. Jane, ever the quirky, charming, loyal, and perfect granddaughter, keeps her promise to her grandmother, in the hopes of not ending …

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IT: Seven Kids vs. One Malevolent Supernatural Clown

In Featured, Media and Culture, Movie & TV Reviews by Impact Admin

(2017—Director: Andy Muschietti) ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “I know what I’m doing for my ‘summer experience’ essay.” — Richard “Richie” Tozier (Finn Wolfhard)  Potential spoilers below (Also, to avoid confusion with the normal use of the word “it”, the film’s title and titular character will consist of all capital letters, i.e., IT.) 2017 has seen two translations of Stephen …

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Robert Pattinson Electrifies the Screen in ‘Good Time’

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(2017—Director: Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie) High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “I think something very important is happening and it’s deeply connected to my purpose.” — Constantine “Connie” Nikas (Robert Pattinson) to Crystal (Taliah Lennice Webster) Potential spoilers below Few examples in Hollywood fit the phrase “slow but steady comeback” like actor Robert Pattinson. As with his former co-star …

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‘Game of Thrones’: Introspection and Morality

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— By Carly Twehous — [Heads up: Spoilers and content warning] These days, Game of Thrones is everywhere. Its unprecedented popularity is the topic for discussion on news shows, media blogs, and even other fictional shows and movies. In fact, the Los Angeles transit service plasters White Walkers and the Iron Throne on the sides of their buses and trains …

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A Determined Pastor Turns to Farming in ‘All Saints’

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(2017—Director: Steve Gomer) High ★★ (out of 5 stars) “You’re just a huckster, ain’t ya? A con man in a collar.” — Forrest (Barry Corbin) to All Saints pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett) Potential spoilers below Earlier this year, I gave a positive notice to The Case for Christ for its period aesthetics and matter-of-fact treatment of researching the historical …

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Avenger’s B-Team: A Review of Marvel’s ‘Defenders’

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— By Carly Twehous — Spoilers below When Iron Man premiered in 2008, it blew everyone out of the water. At the time, no one thought superhero movies could actually, well, be good. No one anticipated that Robert Downey Jr., Hollywood’s favorite tabloid drug addict, was due for his own redemption arc. When the Marvel Cinematic Universe was announced—along with …