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Music Unites Family in the Visual & Audial Splendor of ‘Coco’

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(2017—Director: Lee Unkrich) ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Remember me / Though I have to travel far / Remember me / Each time you hear a sad guitar…” Potential spoilers below Coco finds Pixar at the height of its powers as the preeminent storytellers of western cinematic animation. It originated from a concept centering on Mexico’s Día de Muertos (Español: “Day …

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‘Justice League’: The DCEU’s Underwhelming Yet Harmless Group Venture

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(2017—Director: Zack Snyder) Low ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Sorry, guys; I didn’t bring a sword.” — Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), transferring mid-battle into the tank-like Nightcrawler Potential spoilers below Compared to Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Fox’s X-Men franchise, Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has struggled to recognize the need for legs and feet before one can …

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Kenneth Branagh Carries the Old-Fashioned ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

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(2017—Director: Kenneth Branagh) High ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “I believe it takes a fracture of the soul to murder another human being.” — Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) to Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley) Potential spoilers below Every new generation receives updated adaptations of classic works of literature. Their quality may tend to trend downward, but each serves as an apt …

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‘Outlander’ is Not Just Star-Crossed Love

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– By Carly Twehous – Spoilers below These days, nobody talks about Outlander without first mentioning the star-crossed romance between Claire and Jamie, the feminist perspective, and, of course, the “masterfully filmed” sex. As I tend to be someone who avoids both forlorn romances, material that become more propaganda than actual feminism, and unnecessarily frequent and gratuitous sex scenes, I …

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Alumna Maggie Mahrt on her Award-winning Film ‘Unbound’

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– By Sam Hendrian – Since graduating in 2010, JPCatholic alumna Maggie Mahrt has achieved substantial success in the film industry. Her short film Chow Bella was screened at film festivals around the globe and took home the Audience Choice award from the San Diego IndieFest. She also worked for three seasons on NBC’s show Grimm as Assistant to showrunner David …

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‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’: A Lesson in Loving One’s Neighbor

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This article is part of our Classic Film Throwback series – By Sam Hendrian – Thanksgiving is almost here again, and as soon as it is over, Christmas movies will abound on television. While more Christmas movies exist than anyone could ever count, Hollywood has not been as generous to the Thanksgiving holiday. Fortunately, we still have a few Thanksgiving gems …