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“Dramastic” Measures in ‘Logan Lucky’

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(2017—Director: Steven Soderbergh) High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Is it twenty or is it thirty? We are dealin’ with science here!” — Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) towards Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), who is unsure of the distance to the bank vault. Potential spoilers below Around the start of the 2017 summer blockbuster season, I saw a trailer that caught …

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Hook, Line, and Sinker: A ‘Better Call Saul’ Review

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— By Carly Twehous — Over the course of its five seasons Breaking Bad was able to accomplish something rather unique: it captivated the audience so much that, by the series finale, the show presented absolutely no characters with any semblance of a moral backbone. Breaking Bad became a series of choices between far lesser evils and roads paved with …

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What the People Want: Review of HBO’s The Young Pope

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— By Carly Twehous — Most people can reluctantly agree that when the phrases “fictional tale of modern Catholicism set in Vatican City” and “produced by HBO” are thrown around and mushed into the same sentence, assumptions are bound to be made. Those coming from a secular background with no influence from organized religion automatically assume that such a show …

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Tumultuous Upbringings in ‘The Glass Castle’

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(2017—Director: Destin Daniel Cretton) Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “I swear, there are times I think that you’re the only one around who still has any faith in me.” — Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson) to his pre-teen daughter Jeannette Walls (Ella Anderson) Potential spoilers below Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton burst onto the film scene with his 2013 sophomore feature …

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Changing Climates: A Comparison of ‘The West Wing’ and ‘House of Cards’

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— By Carly Twehous — When the critically-acclaimed political drama, The West Wing, first aired, way back in September 1999, headlines were relatively mild, bi-partisan at best, and hardly ever indicated that Bill Clinton was president. When the equally critically-acclaimed political drama, House of Cards aired, way back in February 2013, North Korea tested its third nuclear bomb, Pope Benedict …

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Deadly Motel Misunderstandings in ‘Detroit’

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(2017—Director: Kathryn Bigelow) Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “I’m just going to assume you’re all criminals.” — Officer Philip Krauss (Will Poulter) to those held at the Algiers Motel  Potential spoilers below It has been five years since producer-director Kathryn Bigelow’s last film, Zero Dark Thirty. Despite that film’s critical acclaim, the controversy surrounding the film’s portrayal of waterboarding …

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‘Wonder Woman’ Resuscitates the DC Extended Universe

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(2017—Director: Patty Jenkins) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) In 2016, Warner Bros. released Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (BVS) and Suicide Squad to get the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) underway. An intense storm of division between audiences and critics followed both films. Great pressure began to precede the next DCEU installment—the solo debut of Wonder Woman on the …

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The Greatest Story Ever Told: Review of ‘Supernatural’

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An Objective, One-Hundred Percent Unbiased Review of Supernatural By Carly Twehous At first glance, Supernatural, now going on its thirteenth season, is a fairly standard genre show. “Star Wars in truck-stop America,” creator Eric Kripke said in his first pitch. Two brothers—one Han Solo and the other Luke Skywalker—brought up by their father as hunters of the bizarre and unnatural …

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ in ‘Cars 3’

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(2017—Director: Brian Fee) ★★★ 1/2 (out of 5 stars) Pixar released the first Cars in 2006. While it achieved financial success, many noted the subdued critical reception and suspected that the film served only to sell toys. In those same minds, the film’s 2011 sequel Cars 2 confirmed that suspicion. Since then, Pixar and their films have faced backlash and …

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War & Animal Companionship in ‘Megan Leavey’

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(2017—Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite) High ★★★ (out of 5 stars) At first glance, combining the friendship of a human and a dog with the harsh realities of war end up manipulating the emotions in an unnatural way. Fortunately, the true story of Megan Leavey and her war dog Rex steers clear of sentimental overload. Their chemistry matches the impressive and restrained war …