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Review: How “Little Women” Made a Big Statement

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Sofia Mongillo

January 7, 2020

In 1868, author Louisa May Alcott touched readers all around with her coming-of-age novel known by many today as a classic piece of literature. 2019's “Little Women,” directed by Greta Gerwig, appeared on screens, having brought Alcott’s 19th century story back to life. Here, writer-director Gerwig...

Review: “Parasite” is a brilliant, “metaphorical” take on class divisions

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Ver Lumod

January 7, 2020

“Parasite,” the latest film from South Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho, is a wickedly funny, unbearably tense and smartly crafted view on the universal theme of the class divide between the haves and the have-nots. The film centers on the Kims, a relatively poor family living in their small basement...

Review: “The Two Popes” is an entertaining conversation

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Ver Lumod

January 2, 2020

Netflix’s latest cinematic exercise “The Two Popes” is at once compelling, funny and thoughtful. Based on true events, the film focuses on the titular two popes: the soon-to-be pope emeritus Benedict XVI, played by Anthony Hopkins, and the future Pope Francis, played by Jonathan Pryce. The la...

Review: “Togo” wins the race against other Disney+ originals

The poster for the film Togo. The poster shows the main character holding the titular dog.

Cody Downey

January 2, 2020

By revealing an interesting and untold true story, "Togo" provides a great narrative epic that makes sure this tale won't be left out to freeze. "Togo" follows the story of the titular dog and his musher Leonhard Seppala, played by Willem Dafoe. Set in 1925 Alaska, the pair is sent on a mission to...

Review: “The Irishman” takes the mob myth to the grave for good

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Ver Lumod

January 2, 2020

Martin Scorsese’s latest crime epic “The Irishman” showcases the celebrated auteur’s usual penchant for gripping spectacle, but this time imbued with worn reflection. The three-and-a-half hour Netflix film charts the rise and fall of real-life former mob hitman Frank Sheeran, played by Robert...

Review: “Jumanji: The Next Level” is fun, fast-paced adventure

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Cody Downey

January 2, 2020

Bringing viewers back to the jungles of a cursed video game once again, "Jumanji: The Next Level" upgrades the original concept for a new adventure. Three years after the previous film, Spencer, played by Alex Wolff; Fridge, played by Ser'Darius Blain; Martha, played by Morgan Turner; and Bethany,...

Review: “Uncut Gems” glitters on the wild side

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Ver Lumod

January 2, 2020

The Safdie brothers' latest "Uncut Gems" is a relentlessly propulsive exercise in anxiety-inducing cinema, thanks to Adam Sandler's electrifying performance. The film centers on Sandler's Howard Ratner, a New York City jeweler and compulsive gambler. Already indebted to loan sharks, Ratner engages...

Review: “The Lighthouse” beams toward isolation with manic abandon

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Ver Lumod

January 2, 2020

“The Lighthouse” is an engrossing gothic horror tale about the psychological dangers of isolation. Set in the late 19th century on an isolated island, the tight-lipped Ephraim Winslow, played by Robert Pattinson, comes to work for crusty lighthouse keeper, Thomas Wake, played by Willem Dafoe....

SPOILER Review: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ is a fine but rushed conclusion

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Sam Lucio

January 2, 2020

Editor’s Note: This review contains SPOILERS for “The Rise of Skywalker” Disney first bought Lucasfilm from famed visionary George Lucas in 2012, and with it, the acclaimed Star Wars franchise. The purchase added another weapon to Disney’s entertainment arsenal following the buyout of Mar...

What’s in Theaters 1/3

Cody Downey

January 2, 2020

Welcome to the New Year! With a new year, there comes a bounty of films to check out in theaters. Though the month of January is notorious for not having many heavy-hitting films, the holdovers from December should provide a great viewing experience for anyone who got caught up in the holidays. The Gr...

SPOILER-FREE Review: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” successfully concludes a 42-year-old saga

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Cristo Dulom

December 24, 2019

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" takes on two lofty tasks: tying up the story of eight movies, many television shows and many more books before it and pleasing fans of the original "Star Wars" (1977) release. It successfully accomplishes both of these tasks. Throughout the film, there are tiebacks...

What’s in Theaters 12/25

Cody Downey

December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas, everyone! The much-awaited holiday is finally here, and there are many things to be enjoyed for all -- not only under the tree. Here are a few of the gifts left in theaters for viewers this season. Uncut Gems With Adam Sandler in a more dramatic role, "Uncut Gems" looks to show h...

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