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Bird Box or (The Unexpected Virtues of Streaming)

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– By James Powers – So I’m a solid three weeks late to the party, but I finally got around to watching Netflix’s Bird Box, the Sandra Bullock thriller vehicle that has inexplicably taken the Internet by storm since its release over the holidays. According to Netflix, who are very secretive about their viewership statistics except when they want to …

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The Slavery of Sin and Manipulation in ‘The Favourite’

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–By Sam Hendrian– *WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS.  “Sometimes, you look like a badger. And you can rely on me to tell you… Because I will not lie! That is love!” These words spoken by the headstrong Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) to the unpredictably temperamental Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite ring with both truth and a …

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‘Into the Spider-Verse’: Dazzling Visuals Offset a Rushed Plot Full of Missed Opportunities

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(2018—Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, & Rodney Rothman) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “No matter how many times you get hit, can you get back up?” — Gwen Stacey/Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld) to Miles Morales/Spider-Man (Shameik Moore) Potential spoilers below “All right, people, let’s do this one last time.” 2000’s X-Men may have started …

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Belated & Early-Peaking Yet Delightfully Gorgeous

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(2018—Director: Rob Marshall) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Some people think a great deal too much. Of that, I’m certain.” — Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) to Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) Potential spoilers below 2018 was a banner year for Disney, who made over $7.33 billion in worldwide box office revenues. With its animation …

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‘Roma’ Finds Alfonso Cuarón at an Artistic Zenith

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(2018—Director: Alfonso Cuarón) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “We are alone. No matter what they tell you, women, we always are alone.” — Señora Sofía (Marina de Tavira) to Cleodegaria “Cleo” Gutiérrez (Yalitza Aparicio) Potential spoilers below Cinema in 2013 bolsters multiple candidates for “the most year-defining film”. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the …

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

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– 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’

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–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

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(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

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– 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’

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(2018—Director: Phil Johnston & Rich Moore) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★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 …