The Burnt Orange Heresy Argues About Critics

There is certainly something to be said about the role of the critic when one sits down to watch The Burnt Orange Heresy. “If it is just about telling the truth, anybody can do it,” James Figueras says about being a critic.  “My job is to separate the good ones from the bad ones.” Critics are frauds.  Or so this is the argument that the film does its best to make.  At the same time,…

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The Road to Endgame

The Guardians of the Galaxy have returned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a sequel that provides just as much action and fun as the first movie. The soundtrack for the sequel is provided by Awesome Mixtape #2.  This is the last gift that Meredith Quill (Laura Haddock) gave to her son, Peter (Chris Pratt), prior to dying in the first movie. For Peter Quill, he has never known who his father is.  Lo…

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TIFF 2018: Widows

A trio of recently widowed women in the city of Chicago follow in their husbands’ footsteps by coming together in Widows. The film has a few things going for it.  It’s not just tackling the women coming together and forming a heist of their own a la Ocean’s Eight but there’s also some political commentary.  The political commentary comes by way of how traditional Chicago politics are run.  We see this in how the Mulligan family…

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Breath: A Coming-of-Age Surfer Drama

Breath is an okay coming-of-age film but the Australian-set film doesn’t really add anything to the genre despite the talents of director/co-writer Simon Baker. Based on Tim Winton’s best-selling novel of the same name, we’re taken to a remote area of the Western Australia coast.  This is where we’re introduced to teenagers Pikelet (Samson Coulter) and Ivan (Ben Spence), known better as Loonie.  Growing up along the coast, the two of them want something more…

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The Tale: Laura Dern Deserves All The Awards

While The Tale is a film that certainly would benefit from a theatrical release, it’s best viewed at home because of all the screaming at the screen.  This is, in part, due to the events that transpire on screen during the 1970s. The question at hand while viewing the film, which runs shy of two hours, is whether or not it qualifies as a Me, Too film.  Writer/director Jennifer Fox, a documentary filmmaker, uses a…

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The Cloverfield Paradox Is Not The Event Film We Wanted

Despite taking the world by surprise when Netflix announced to the world that the film would be released immediately after the Super Bowl, The Cloverfield Paradox is not the event film that streaming provider thought they were getting.  Instead, it was worse–way worse.  It’s a bad sign for a film when it struggles to not only keep one awake but make them want to gouge their eyes out while watching. Directed by Julius Onah from…

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Peter Rabbit: Domhnall Gleeson is a riot but film falls short

After so many author biopics in 2017, Peter Rabbit may seem like a breath of fresh air with bringing the children’s story to the big screen.  It’s been over a decade since 2006 saw the release of the Renee Zellweger-starring Miss Potter.  At the same time, there are so many comic gags in the film that it is over-bloated on that front.  Filmmakers are clearly targeting the kids more so than their parents when it…

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