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‘Gotham’ Is Not the Show We Deserve

In Carly Twehous, Featured, Posts, Reviews, TV Reviews by Impact Admin

— By Carly Twehous — I think it’s fair to say—although I may get burned at the stake for this one—that Batman is a little… overhyped. I mean, come on! How many Batman movies are there now? And that’s not including the successive animated television shows and movies or the comic book source material that predates the amazing and ineffable …

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Peter Just Can’t Wait to Be an Avenger in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

In Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by John LaCrosse

(2017—Director: Jon Watts) Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) Earlier this year, I was visiting my local library when I came across a DVD of Cop Car, the 2015 sophomore effort of writer-director Jon Watts (Clown). I chose to borrow it. By the time its 88 minutes of kids joyriding in a police cruiser with corrupt cop Kevin Bacon hot on their …

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Virgin Territory: A ‘Jane the Virgin’ Review

In Carly Twehous, Reviews, TV Reviews, Uncategorized by John LaCrosse

— By Carly Twehous — At a young age, Jane Villanueva made a promise to her telenovela-obsessed grandmother. Whilst holding a beautiful white flower in her hand, Jane swore to never crumble the flower of her virginity… Until marriage. Jane, ever the quirky, charming, loyal, and perfect granddaughter, keeps her promise to her grandmother, in the hopes of not ending …

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Pop Song-Saturated Spy Shenanigans in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

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(2017—Director: Matthew Vaughn) Low ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Manners…maketh…man. Let me translate that for you.” — Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) to some Kentucky bar thugs Spoilers below When writer-producer-director Matthew Vaughn released Kingsman: The Secret Service in 2015, audiences loved it for its stylized action sequences, charismatic characters, and slick aesthetics. Critics gave Kingsman positive notices as well, although …

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Star Trek: The Show that Shaped the Century

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— By Carly Twehous — I say, “Star Trek”, and what’s your first thought? Maybe it’s, “Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock”, and the classic, split-finger hand-gesture. Maybe you think of those few reruns you saw in the 70’s-80’s-90’s, and get this odd zing of nostalgia for a time when there will still reruns on television. Or perhaps you’re fresh …

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‘Mother!’: Darren Aronofsky’s Allegorical Wail for Humanity

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(2017—Director: Darren Aronofsky) High ★★★½ (with strong moral reservations) (out of 5 stars) “Why does the sun go on shining? / Why does the sea rush to shore? / Don’t they know it’s the end of the world / If you don’t love me anymore?” — “The End of the World” by Arthur Kent & Sylvia Dee, performed by Skeeter …

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IT: Seven Kids vs. One Malevolent Supernatural Clown

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(2017—Director: Andy Muschietti) ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “I know what I’m doing for my ‘summer experience’ essay.” — Richard “Richie” Tozier (Finn Wolfhard)  Potential spoilers below (Also, to avoid confusion with the normal use of the word “it”, the film’s title and titular character will consist of all capital letters, i.e., IT.) 2017 has seen two translations of Stephen …

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Game Review: ‘Thomas Was Alone’

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– By David Sawczyn – It is not often when a game asks the deeper questions of life. Most video games fall into the easy trap of entertainment and spectacle for its own sake, without asking their players to understand what the game really means and why it is doing what it is doing. Why we should play games is …

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Game Review: ‘Jotun’

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– By David Sawczyn – Since their inception, video games in general have had a hard time being accepted as a legitimate art form. Considered only toys and playthings, the emotions they were designed to invoke in their players were sensations of power, pleasure, and escapism. However, with the rise of independent game companies in these recent years, games have …