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‘Outlaw King’ Gives the Historical Accuracy of ‘Braveheart’ a Run For Its Money

In Featured, Maria Andress, Movie Reviews, Reviews by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Maria Andress – Not for the faint of heart, Netflix’s “Outlaw King” starring Chris Pine might just be the best Scottish film on the scene as far as historical portrayal goes. This is a mature film—rated R for some nudity (mostly a sex scene that is easily skipped), some language, and the obvious gore of that period’s wars—but …

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Doing Good for the Sake of Good in ‘Instant Family’

In Culture, Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Sam Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– “Ellie, people who take foster kids are really special. The kind of people who volunteer when it’s not even a holiday. We don’t even volunteer on a holiday!” These hilarious words said by Pete Wagner (Mark Wahlberg) to Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) in 2018’s Instant Family summarize the film’s richly-relevant thematic core. Can noble deeds only be …

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‘Mirai’ Brings to Life a Little Boy’s Household Adventure

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

(2018—Director: Mamoru Hosoda) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Be nice to her, okay? You have to protect her.” — Okâsan/Mother (Kumiko Asô, dubbed by Rebecca Hall) to Kun (Moka Kamishiraishi, dubbed by Jaden Waldman) Potential spoilers below Among the handful of anime directors touted these past two decades as “the new Miyazaki”, it …

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ and the Inconsistent Canon of the Wizarding World

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Tyler Carlos by Impact Admin

– By Tyler Carlos – Spoilers Below for both Fantastic Beasts movies and the Harry Potter series The Wizarding World just got a little bit bigger. After 2 years of waiting, the second installment of JK Rowling’s newest expansion of the Wizarding World has finally hit the big screen. Released on November 16, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald continues …

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Disney Overload Distracts from Recycled Wonder in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

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

(2018—Director: Phil Johnston & Rich Moore) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “There’s no law saying best friends have to have the same dreams.” — Shank (Gal Gadot) to Vanellope Von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) “What would Ralph say / If it turns out I stay / In this place called Slaughter Race?” — Vanellope Von …

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A Narrative Fog Weighs Down a Franchise Baby Step With ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

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

(2018—Director: David Yates) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “You’re too good, Newt. You never met a monster you couldn’t love.” — Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz) to Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) Potential spoilers below When pinpointing a defining pop culture staple for many kids born between the mid-1980s and the dawn of the new millennium, …

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Rosamund Pike Fearlessly Clings to the Battlefield in ‘A Private War’

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(2018—Director: Matthew Heineman) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I hate being in a warzone, but I also feel compelled…compelled to see it for myself.” … “Because you’re addicted to it.” — Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) and Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) “Of all the women in the world, I love spending time with you most. …

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Struggling Outcasts Turn to Sophisticated Crime in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’

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(2018—Director: Marielle Heller) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “I’ll have you know, I’m a better Dorothy Parker than Dorothy Parker!” — Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) to Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant) Potential spoilers below Money—or, more specifically, the lack of it—tends to twist the lives of many. It is common to observe this phenomenon …

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An Uncommon Veteran: What Mr. Rogers Teaches Us About Winning the War Against Worrying

In Culture, Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Sam Hendrian

–By Sam Hendrian– It’s you I like/It’s not the things you wear/It’s not the way you do your hair/But it’s you I like. These simple yet profound song lyrics help summarize the heroic mission of Fred Rogers, the legendary children’s television host who is profiled in the acclaimed 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A quiet man with a …

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‘Mid90s’: Teen Spirit Thrives in Jonah Hill’s Directorial Debut

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

(2018—Director: Jonah Hill) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “You literally take the hardest hits out of anybody I’ve ever seen in my life. You know you don’t have to do that, right?” — Ray (Na-kel Smith) to Stevie (Sunny Suljic) Potential spoilers below A common adage heard in every writing class is “Write what …