Film Reviews and Commentary

VIEWTIFUL DRE – Ant-Man (2015)

Andre Cole

August 9th, 2015

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I enjoy the Marvel movies. They’re fun, action-packed, and I love watching the ensemble casts work together. That said, I’ve had trouble nailing down exactly how I feel about Ant-Man. I walked ......

AS PITHY AS IT GETS – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Alice Chou

August 8th, 2015

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Unlike the James Bond and other superhero movie franchises, the Mission: Impossible movies have kept the same actor playing the lead for nineteen years. This is the fifth installment with Tom ......

MISE EN SEAN – Dark Places (2015)

Sean Hanson

August 7th, 2015

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When David Fincher announced that he would direct Gone Girl and novelist Gillian Flynn set out to adapt her own mega-selling breakout thriller, which hinges on one ingenious twist, she faced two ......

MISE EN SEAN – The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

Sean Hanson

August 3rd, 2015

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Barely ten minutes into The Stanford Prison Experiment, as college students pretending to be prison guards strip-search and delouse a college student pretending to be an inmate, I thought about ......

SO IT GOES – Mr. Holmes (2015)

Sarah Gough-Piazza

July 31st, 2015

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Sherlock Holmes is the world’s most renowned detective. Having been portrayed in film and other media more times than any other fictional human character, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s protagonist is ......

MECHANICAL EYE – Infinitely Polar Bear (2015)

Claire Graman

July 26th, 2015

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Mental illness is difficult to portray in a medium that provides us limited access to characters’ internal thought processes. The audience only sees outrageous behavior that, if not done ......

VIEWTIFUL DRE – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Andre Cole

July 21st, 2015

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High school can be a miserable experience for many people, even when you aren’t dealing with sudden emotional trauma. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl captures that difficulty, and does so with a ......

AS PITHY AS IT GETS – Testament of Youth (2014)

Alice Chou

July 19th, 2015

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War is hell. War is bloody. We have seen this depicted in many different war movies, and some, unfortunately, have firsthand experiences that have forever changed their lives. At first glance, ......

MISE EN SEAN – Cartel Land (2015)

Sean Hanson

July 17th, 2015

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Our thirst for knowledge about drug cartels might outweigh the thirst for drugs that keeps cartels in business. By my count, there are more than 200 movies about drug cartels, and five times as ......

AS PITHY AS IT GETS – Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Alice Chou

July 15th, 2015

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Magic Mike was a critical and financial success when it came out in 2012, so a sequel was inevitable. There is much anticipation and excitement for Magic Mike XXL. Although most people involved ......