Book Club: The Avengers of Their Generation

Book Club isn’t just a romantic comedy but a film that manages to team up four of the greatest female actors of their time in the same movie. This group of friends have been a part of the same book club since 1974 when they first got together.  There’s Diane (Diane Keaton), a mother of two daughters but recently widowed when her husband died after 40 years of being together.  Next up is Vivian (Jane…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Stays True To Trilogy

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film that gives us Han Solo’s cinematic origin story while staying true to the original Star Wars trilogy.   WHILE I TRIED MY BEST TO AVOID THEM, THERE ARE POTENTIAL SPOILERS…SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.   What is known about where the film sits within the Star Wars canon is that the events take place between that of Thrawn and Tarkin.  It’s also set before the events of…

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Deadpool 2: A Wildly Entertaining Ride

Led by Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool 2 is a wildly entertaining ride that ups the stakes after 2016’s hit predecessor. David Leitch takes over the director’s chair for Tim Miller but it is as if nothing has changed.  The screenplay is full of pop culture opportunities to joke about.  Honestly, it may be even more meta than the earlier film.  The jokes are all over the place. Jokes references include Deadpool‘s…

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Fahrenheit 451: A Trump Era Adaptation

Fahrenheit 451 depicts a bleak future in which one can only hope will never come to fruition.  It also feels as if it’s very much made for 2017. This is only the second-ever feature-length adaptation of the classic novel written by Ray Bradbury.  In his novel, Bradbury presented a future where firemen start fires by burning books rather fighting fires.  Moreover, nobody seems to give a regard for either facts or history.  As for the…

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Class Rank: A Sweet Film with Heart

Class Rank is a sweet film about teenagers finding their place in society by speaking out about interests that they care about. There are two very different teenagers that carry the weight of Class Rank.  Bernard Flannigan (Skyler Gisondo) is that student who will enter politics someday even if it’s not in his current plans.  Veronica Krauss (Olvia Holt) has aspirations of being a Supreme Court Justice but to get into Yale, she needs the…

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CCFF 2018: Puzzle

Starring Kelly Macdonald, Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle is a character study that plays like a period drama.  This would especially be the case if it were not for the use of smartphones. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald) is in her early 40s.  She’s not a woman who tends to leave her community.  Once Agnes gets a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift, it’s as if her entire world has changed.  She’s not just good at it but she soon…

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Source Code arrives on 4K Ultra HD

The 2011 smartly-written time-bending thriller, Source Code, arrived on 4K Ultra HD this past week giving audiences the opportunity to watch the sci-fi thriller over and over. It’s right before Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) truly comes to terms in learning he’s in the body of teacher Sean Fentress (Frédérick De Grandpré) in which the Chicago Commuter Rail train explodes.  Even though it’s a sci-fi thriller, there’s an added layer of romance between Fentress and Christina…

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CCFF 2018: Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade, the closing night selection of the 2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival, is a film that perfectly captures the spirit and awkwardness of being a student in the final year of middle school. Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) may be close to starting high school but before doing so, she must survive the end of eighth grade.  It’s not easy for the smartphone-obsessed teenager.  Even though she has a YouTube channel where she offers advice…

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Revenge: A Very Bloody Thriller

Revenge is a dish that’s best served cold but a very bloody one in the case of Coralie Fargeat’s feature directorial debut. If blood isn’t your forte, it’s best-advised to stop reading now and stay away from Revenge because there’s a lot of blood.  A lot of it.  It’s enough to make one want to turn away from the screen at various times.  But if it’s something that is right up your alley, please stick…

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CCFF 2018: American Animals

American Animals takes an interesting approach to storytelling with a narrative/documentary hybrid in telling the absurd but true story of the Transylvania University library heist. Flashback to the fall of 2003 when Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan) is touring the Special Collections archive at the Transylvania University library.  Fascinated by the artwork of John James Audubon, Spencer starts to get these absurd idea to steal the rare collection.  He does so with the help of his…

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