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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 …

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Young Teens & Bright Screens Flock Awkwardly in ‘Eighth Grade’

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

(2018—Director: Bo Burnham) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (4 out of 5 stars)  “You can’t be brave without being scared.” — Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), from her YouTube video “How to Be Confident” Potential spoilers below Hey, guys! It’s Renard, back with another review. Um… “Oh my gosh, look at that fluffy unicorn! He’s so fluffy I’m …

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On ‘The Dark Knight’ and the Tactics of Satan

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Evil is not always depicted accurately in art, especially in works intended to entertain the masses. Bumbling, relatively un-scary villains are all too common in films, and corruption is often startlingly portrayed as lighthearted and humorous rather than a serious threat to the goodness in Man’s …

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Entanglements of a Quantum Nature in ‘Ant-Man & the Wasp’

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(2018—Director: Peyton Reed) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Do you guys just put the word ‘quantum’ in front of everything?” — Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) to Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne), Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) Potential spoilers below  I had mentioned in the #9 entry (Baby Driver) of …

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Violence & Deception Across Borders in ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’

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(2018—Director: Stefano Sollima)  — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “If you want to start a war, kidnap a prince. The king will start it for you.” — CIA Agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Riley (Matthew Modine) and CIA Director Cynthia Foards (Catherine Keener)  Potential spoilers below I find it …

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On ‘Jaws’ and Resisting Cowardice

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Of all the things that unite us as human beings, one of the most prominent is fear. Fears vary from person to person, but they apply similar amounts of pressure; that is, they can make or break a person’s character. Steven Spielberg’s suspense classic Jaws (1975) …

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Tired Characters Drift Through the Occasional Thrills of ‘Fallen Kingdom’

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(2018—Director: J.A. Bayona) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “If I don’t make it back, remember…you’re the one who made me come.” — Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) to Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) Potential spoilers below It took some by surprise when 2015’s Jurassic World became the first movie to gross over $500 million worldwide …

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‘Incredibles 2’: The Long-Awaited Return of Pixar’s Superhero Family

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(2018—Director: Brad Bird) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Done properly, parenting is a heroic act. Done properly.” — Edna Mode (Brad Bird) to Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson)  Potential spoilers below I was not always a big supporter of feature animation on the big screen. By the summer of 2008, I was …

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On ‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,’ Friendship, and Motherhood

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

This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “I’ll be right here.” Such are the simple but transcendentally comforting words that any of us would love to hear from someone we cherish. A promise of spiritual companionship even when worlds apart, they are the last lines the alien creature E.T. speaks to the human …