View Post

‘King of the Monsters’: Titan Duels Space Out Bloated Human Drama

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

(2019—Director: Michael Dougherty) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “You’re a monster.”  “If I had the two of you as parents, I would’ve run away from home too.” — Chief Warrant Officer Jackson Barnes (O’Shea Jackson, Jr.) to Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) and Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler) …

View Post

John Wick vs. the Assassin Underworld in ‘Ch. 3—Parabellum’

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

(2019—Director: Chad Stahelski) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Si vis pacem, para bellum.” — Winston (Ian McShane) “There are rules. They are the only thing that separate us—” “—from the animals.” — The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) and Winston (Justice Smith) Potential spoilers below In 2014, actor Keanu …

View Post

‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’s’ Serviceable Mystery Shows Promise for the Future

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

(2019—Director: Rob Letterman) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Should I talk about the fact that your childhood bed is a Pikachu bed? … “It’s a coincidence.” … “I’ve never been so flattered and creeped out at the same time.” — Det. Pikachu (voiced and facial motion captured by Ryan …

View Post

‘Long Shot’: Fair Rom-Com Chemistry Soon Gives Way to Lazy Vulgarity

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

(2019—Director: Jonathan Levine) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★½ (out of 5 stars) “Is he high?” … “He is wasted, and he’s also just stupid.” — U.S. Secretary of State Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), to staffer Maggie Millikin (June Diane Raphael), regarding Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen)  Potential spoilers below Director Jonathan Levine spent …

View Post

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Gradually Accelerates to Deliver Glorious MCU Nostalgia

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

(2019—Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “I am…inevitable.” Potential spoilers below Wow, has it already been one year? As a matter of fact, it has been exactly one year since my Avengers: Infinity War review was published here at Impacting Culture. Back then, …

View Post

Confronting Loss With Kindness & Service to Others in ‘Okko’s Inn’

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

(2019—Director: Kitarō Kōsaka) — by Renard N. Bansale — Low ★★★★ (out of 5 stars) “Hananoyu’s hot spring water rejects no one.” — Grandmother/Obā-chan Mineko Seki (Harumi Ichiryûsai, dubbed by Glynis Ellis) to granddaughter Oriko “Okko” Seki (Seiran Kobayashi, dubbed by Madigan Kacmar) Potential spoilers below In the list of directors perceived as “the next …

View Post

‘Missing Link’: Laika’s Near-Great Latest Is Rousing & Exquisite

In Featured, Movie Reviews, Renard Bansale, Reviews by Amanda ValdovinosLeave a Comment

(2019—Director: Chris Butler) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars) “The ‘word’, my dear fellow, is ‘trust’.” — Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) to Mr. Link/Susan (Zach Galifianakis)  Potential spoilers below 2016 was a remarkably diverse year for animation, and it culminated with Disney’s Zootopia winning the Best Animated Feature …

View Post

‘Shazam!’ Enlivens the DCEU With Jolly Abandon

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

(2019—Director: David F. Sandberg) — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★ (out of 5 stars) “If a superhero can’t save his family, he’s not much of a hero.” — William “Billy” Batson (Asher Angel) to Frederick “Freddy” Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer) and their other foster siblings Potential spoilers below When it comes to superhero …

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 …