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It’s not U, It’s Ur Gram: What ‘Eighth Grade’ Teaches Us About Society, Anxiety, and Maybe Even Sanctity

In Culture, Featured, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

– By James Powers – In many ways, I think most of us never quite grew out of the awkward terror of middle school. If this weren’t the case, how else would A24 have expected to successfully market its R-rated Eighth Grade? What would the target adult demographic have found compelling about a movie focused on that phase of life, …

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Glenn Close Reaches Her “Nobel” Limit in ‘The Wife’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Björn L. Runge) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Please don’t paint me as a victim; I am much more interesting than that.” — Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) to Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater) Potential spoilers below While the cinematic medium honors its origins in photography twenty-four times per second, it also takes much …

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‘Searching’: The Best Film the Screen POV Gimmick Will Ever Produce

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Aneesh Chaganty) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “I didn’t know her. I didn’t know my daughter.” — David Kim (John Cho) to Det. Sgt. Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) “As a parent myself, I can only imagine what you’re feeling.” — Det. Sgt. Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) to David Kim (John Cho) Potential …

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The Wonders of Human Connection in ‘The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Masaaki Yuasa) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Senpai, what a coincidence!” “By chance, I was passing by.” — “The Girl With Black Hair” (Kana Hanazawa) and “Senpai” (Gen Hoshino) “Why do you drink?” “I was led by those I was fated to meet.” — Rihaku-san (Mugihito) and “The Girl With Black Hair” …

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On ‘Casino Royale,’ Redeeming Romance, and Points of No Return

In Classic Film Throwback Series, Featured, Reviews by Sam Hendrian

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – If cliché has a name, it must be James Bond. This handsome secret agent who fights overly-ambitious super villains while employing ridiculously crafty gadgets and seducing beautiful women in his spare time has, for better or for worse, become an icon of popular entertainment since he …

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Coarse & Condensed Action Thrills in ‘Mile 22’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Peter Berg) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “A battlefield could be a room with two people in it. That’s chaos. That’s fog.” — Overwatch Agent James Silva (Mark Wahlberg) to an unknown journalist Potential spoilers below In the crowded last third of the 2016 movie season, audiences had the opportunity to experience …

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Undercover Shenanigans to Combat Racism in ‘BlacKkKlansman’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Spike Lee) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “With the right white man, we can do anything.” — Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) to Chief Bridges (Robert John Burke) Potential spoilers below The piano and wails of the late musician Prince in his 1983 cover of “Mary Don’t You Weep” play over the …

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‘Christopher Robin’: An Adorable Little “Expotition”

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact Admin

(2018—Director: Marc Forster) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” — Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings) to Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) Potential spoilers below “Gotta get up / I gotta get goin’ / I’m gonna see a friend of mine…” I first …

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Tom Cruise is Unstoppable in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

(2018—Director: Christopher McQuarrie)  — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “There has never been peace without first a great suffering. The greater the suffering, the greater the peace.” — Opening to “The Apostles’ Manifesto”, composed by John Lark (?????) Potential spoilers below (and just above) Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has uninstalled the revolving door of directors …