Sundance Review – Summertime Embraces Life through Spoken Word

Director: Carlos López Estrada Starring & Written by: Tyris Winter, Marquesha Babers, Maia Mayor, Austin Antoine, Bryce Banks, Amaya Blankenship, Bene’t Benton, Raul Herrera, Mila Cuda, Gordon Ip, Jason Alvarez, Hanna Harris, Anna Osuna, Walter Finnie, Olympia Miccio, Paolina Acuña-González, Madyson Park, Xochitl Morales, Zach Perlmutter Cinematographer: John […]

The Rise of Skywalker – Review: The Final Reckoning for Star Wars Fans

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is finally out; it’s the end of 40 years of fandom. The completion of a story arc that has captivated the hearts and minds of moviegoers around the world and the definitive ending to one of the world’s most lucrative cinematic trilogies. […]

CATS Should’ve Been a Horror Film

Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Francesca Hayward, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, and Taylor Swift Cinematographer: Christopher Ross Everything you heard about Cats is true. There’s terrible CGI, the dancing is creepy- it’s just plain horrifying. So, it begs the question: Why […]

Bombshell – Review

Director: Jay Roach Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie Cinematographer: Barry Ackroyd One of the most fascinating things about filmmaking is how writers and directors so often take inspiration from popular culture and/or current events. Some of the best films are inspired by world history, controversial […]

Waves – Review: A Relentlessly Frustrating Experience

Director: Trey Edward Shults Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sterling K. Brown Cinematographer: Drew Daniels I hate Waves. Let’s start there. In fact, I walked out of the theater desperately clinging onto the positives in hopes of letting my hatred subside. But the […]

Why I Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Queen & Slim

Director: Melina Matsoukas Starring: Daniel Kaluuya & Jodie Turner-Smith Cinematographer: Tat Radcliffe In her modern take on the classic Bonnie & Clyde story, director Melina Matsoukas gives special attention to the sensitivity of police brutality against black lives. Narratively speaking, it’s a fine concept to explore within film. […]

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Review

Director: Marielle Heller Starring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper Cinematographer: Jody Lee Lipes The day was November 1, 1988 – when Tom Junod’s historical article debuted on Esquire Magazine’s front page within the heroes category. The piece, titled Can You Say… “Hero”?, was […]

Charlie’s Angels (2019) – Review

Director: Elizabeth Banks Starring: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, and Elizabeth Banks Cinematographer: Bill Pope A new generation of Charlie’s Angels is here – to protect the vulnerable and show that women, when we use our multitude of skills, can get any job done. It’s a concept […]

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