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Ever Just the Same, Barely a Surprise: ‘Beauty & the Beast’ Review

(2017- Director: Bill Condon) ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) Reviewing films like this remake of Disney’s 1991 animated classic tends to frustrate me as a film critic who desires for films to stand as apart as possible while also cementing a unique footprint within all of cinema. That’s a tough outlook, especially since the success of 2010’s Alice in Wonderland …

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Movie Review: On the Dark and Light in Star Wars

The grittiness of “Rogue One” doesn’t place the story outside the Star Wars moral universe—it shows the contours of that universe in even greater relief. By Dr. Thomas P. Harmon The newest Star Wars movie is different. That is not a controversial observation. Many of the features that shout “Star Wars!” have been deliberately removed: the opening crawl, the John …

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

(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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Movie Review: Christian Themes in “The Shack”

–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

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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“Get Out” Movie Review

— 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?

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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Faculty Discussion on “Silence”

Four professors from John Paul the Great Catholic University (Fr. Andrew Younan, Chris Riley, Dr. Tom Harmon, and Dr. Michael Barber) discuss Martin Scorsese’s film Silence. (NOTE: Contains Heavy Spoilers)

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Top 10 Best Films of 2016

Renard’s Top 10 Best Films of 2016 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 …

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Movie Review: Judas & St. Peter in Scorsese’s “Silence”

The intention of the novel and the film adaptation is not to valorize apostasy, but to shed light on the reality that every Christian is, like Peter, asked, “Are you not also one of his disciples?” By Dr. Thomas P. Harmon Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence is a story meant to plumb the depths of themysterium iniquitatis by focusing on the …