Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse features many surprises and prevents the superhero genre from going stale by injecting a fresh bite. This is one of the biggest films of the year in which I suggest going in completely cold.  It means not reading reviews or watching trailers until after seeing the film.  I say this because we’re not without the typical surprises.  However, some of this comes by way of the voice roles not provided in…

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Back Roads: Alex Pettyfer’s Debut Shows Promise

Emotions run high but Back Roads shows a promising start for Alex Pettyfer’s directorial career in his first opportunity behind the camera. The film is set two years after Bonnie Altmyer (Juliette Lewis) is sent to prison for killing her husband.  This leaves her son, Harley (Alex Pettyfer), in charge of his three younger sisters.  It’s not easy for this family in rural Pennsylvania. The theme of abuse runs very strongly through the film.  It’s…

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Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes explores the life of Fox News founder Roger Ailes while tackling the sexual harassment that brought him down. “It’s easy to make somebody into a monster.  It’s hard to see that you’re on that path, too.” The above are the words that we first hear as soon as the film documentary starts.  What’s most surprising is that they come out of the mouth of former Fox News…

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When Jeff Tried to Save the World

A bowling alley manager rises up to the challenge in Kendall Goldberg’s feature directorial debut, When Jeff Tried to Save the World. Let’s get one thing out of the way first.  This film may be set at a bowling alley but it is not a bowling movie.  It’s a film about rising up to the challenge of saving the things we love the most. The World in the film’s title refers to Winky’s World rather…

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Clara’s Ghost: An Exaggerated Look At The Elliotts

Clara’s Ghost, the feature directorial debut from writer-director Bridey Elliott, offers audiences an exaggerated glimpse into the lives of one of America’s most comedic families.  The supernatural comedy makes for a solid first feature from the younger Elliott daughter as she makes her return to Sundance two years following the premiere of the short film, Affections. Ted Reynolds (Chris Elliott) is a comedic actor and he’s worried that he is no longer as popular as…

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Mary Queen of Scots: Fit For A Queen

Mary Queen of Scots may span a few years of the queen’s life but actress Saoirse Ronan delivers a commanding performance as Scottish royalty. Saiorse Ronan is proving to be an unstoppable force as an actress.  Her role as the late Scottish Queen proves to be no exception.  While her performance is great, my only beef with the film is how they don’t really bother aging the queen in appearance.  Mary arrives back in Scotland…

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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle lack bare necessities

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle feels so redundant coming just over two and a half years following the release of Disney’s The Jungle Book. Let’s go through this one more time.  A young child who grows up to be a man-cub, Mowgli (Rohan Chand), is orphaned in the jungle when Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) attacks his family.  A panther, Bagheera (Christian Bale), rescues him and leaves him with the wolves where Nisha (Naomie Harris) adopts…

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United We Fan: Saving Our Favorite TV Shows

United We Fan features many interviews and dives into what goes into the campaigns to save a television series from cancellation. We see it every year when shows are on the bubble.  A fan campaign will quickly begin, make some waves, and it might just result with positive news.  We saw it this year with FilmStruck.  When it was announced that the streaming service was ending, both fans and filmmakers quickly campaigned to save it. …

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Anna and the Apocalypse: A Zombie Musical

With some catchy tunes, Anna and the Apocalypse is able to offer up a fun and refreshing change for the zombie movie genre. As the film starts out, a news report reveals that an illness thought to be a flu strain is really a lethal pathogen.  Most of the people in the Scottish town of Little Haven don’t even bother paying attention to the news.  In fact, Anna (Ella Hunt) would rather put music back…

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The Mercy aided by Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz

If not for captivating performances from Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, The Mercy would be a largely forgettable biopic. Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) had a lofty goal.  In a perfect world, the amateur sailor would have completed the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race.  The goal of the race is to sail around the world without stopping.  There’s a danger that comes with these sort of competitions that need to be stressed.  They almost always result…

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