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‘Lean on Pete’: A Story About a Boy and His Horse… But Mostly the Boy

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– By Ben Escobar – It’s critical to understand before seeing Lean on Pete, that it isn’t your average horse film. Sure, it’s got the jockeys and hill country horse races, but there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s even more critical to understand that if you haven’t seen a film from Andrew Haigh prior to Lean on Pete, …

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Brooding, PTSD-Fueled Brutality in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

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(2018—Director: Lynne Ramsay) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “McCleary said you were brutal.” (beat) “I can be.” — Sen. Albert Votto (Alex Manette) and Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) Potential spoilers below In the opening for my review for The Beguiled last summer, I described writer-director Sofia Coppola as one of modern cinema’s formidable female …

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Convoluted and Unengaging Stakes Inhabit a Watered-Down Middle Eastern Hive in ‘Beirut’

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(2018—Director: Brad Anderson) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “Right now, we’re not ruling out anyone. Everything’s in play.” “What is it you want me to do?” “You’re an experienced negotiator. Negotiate.” — Gary Ruzak (Shea Whigham) and Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm)  Potential spoilers below One would think, in a medium that requires an …

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Just Another Day in Paradise: ‘The Good Place’ Review

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– By Carly Twehous – Some spoilers below Welcome! Everything is fine! This is the Good Place: A generalized, metaphysical “paradise” run exclusively on the arbitrary negative and positive energy put out into the universe. (Very Woodstock, I know.) Every action you do has a pre-assigned negative or positive value to it and your ultimate score determines if you spend …

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A Fortunate Review for an Unfortunate Show

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Review of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, Season 2 – By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below Last year, Netflix blessed humanity with a live action series adaptation of the popular children’s books “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket. This gloomy story follows the highly intelligent Baudelaire children and the unfortunate events following the death of their parents in …

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On ‘A Quiet Place’ and What It Truly Means to Be Pro-Life

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–By Sam Hendrian– Spoilers Below The label “pro-life” is thrown around constantly in America’s ongoing abortion debate. Many people interpret this label to mean pro the life of an unborn child and any life that society deems unworthy of the utmost protection. While this interpretation is not wrong, it is incomplete. After all, the word “life” refers not only to …

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Succumbing to a Family Legacy’s Shadow in ‘Chappaquiddick’

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(2018—Director: John Curran) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars)  “President Kennedy cast a very long shadow, and he still does. I’m walking in it every day.” “What’s it like walking in that shadow?” — Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and ABC Reporter (Gary Tanguay), Interview recorded July 17, 1969  “Sometimes the path you’re on …

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‘Isle of Dogs’: An Impressive, Charming Aesthetic Masks an Underwhelming Story

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– By Ben Escobar – I love dogs. Who doesn’t? Wes Anderson definitely does, and it shines throughout his latest film, cleverly titled, Isle of Dogs. Known for his signature style that replicates that of a quirky perfectionist telling a story around a campfire, Wes Anderson’s latest film is no exception to that reputation. While I found the film to be …

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Pop Culture References Crowd a Basic Sci-Fi Adventure in ‘Ready Player One’

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(2018—Director: Steven Spielberg) —by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★1/2 (out of 5 stars) “A real Gunter would risk everything to save the Oasis from I.O.I.” “Who said that?” “Me.” — Samantha “Art3mis” Cook (Olivia Cooke) and Wade “Parzival” Watts (Tye Sheridan) Potential spoilers below Between late 1992 and 1993, two vastly different film projects stretched the creative limits of director …

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On ‘The Breakfast Club’ and Youthful Restlessness

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – “When you grow up, your heart dies.” So goes the haunting statement made by high schooler Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) to her fellow detention inmates towards the end of John Hughes’s popular film The Breakfast Club (1985). While such a bold statement may seem unfairly cynical, …