View Post

Wheels Up for Disney in 2019 With ‘Dumbo’ a la Burton

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

(2019—Director: Tim Burton) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Your children don’t need you to be perfect. They just need you to believe in them.” — Colette Marchant (Eva Green) to Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) Potential spoilers below (Also, following their initial mentions, I shall distinguish between the two …

View Post

‘Us’: Jordan Peele Elevates Modern Horror Cinema Again

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

(2019—Director: Jordan Peele) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)  “Once upon a time, there was a girl…and the girl had a shadow.” — Red (Lupita Nyong’o) to Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) “What are you people?” … “We’re Americans.” — Gabriel “Gabe” Wilson (Winston Duke) and Red (Lupita Nyong’o) Potential …

View Post

‘Captive State’: A Hazy & Fragmented Update on Alien Invasion Sci-Fi

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

(2019—Director: Rupert Wyatt)  — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “Strike the closed zone. Light a match. Ignite a war.” “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.”  Potential spoilers below Aliens exist, and they wish to conquer our world. Resist, and the last thing you see before they cause you to burst …

View Post

‘Captain Marvel’: An Engaging, If Somewhat Fleeting MCU Throwback Prequel

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

(2019—Directors: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)     “Name a detail so bizarre a Skrull could never fabricate it.” … “If toast is cut diagonally, I can’t eat it.” — Carol Danvers/Vers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Agt. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Samuel L. Jackson) …

View Post

‘The Hidden World’: A Sturdy & Rousing Trilogy Finale

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Impact AdminLeave a Comment

(2018—Director: Dean DeBlois) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)     “They don’t have a leader—just a boy.” — Grimmel the Grisly (F. Murray Abraham) on Hiccup, Chief of Berk (Jay Baruchel)  Potential spoilers below Greetings, cinema of 2019! Back in my review for Incredibles 2, I mentioned how the 2008 …

View Post

‘The Rider’: 2018’s Best (And Most Overlooked) Film

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Sam Hendrian by Samuel HendrianLeave a Comment

–By Sam Hendrian– “If any animal around here got hurt like I did, they’d have to be put down.” These haunting words said by ex-rodeo rider Brady Blackburn to his autistic sister Lilly succinctly summarize both the central conflict and the prevalent message of human dignity in Chloe Zhao’s fact-inspired The Rider. Tragic yet subtly …