Movie Reviews

Birdman
Published by on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is an ambitious cinematic event that uses the whole of postmodernism to take digs at Hollywood, Broadway, and even itself. Michael Keaton embraces the elephant in the room as he plays an actor struggling to remain relevant in an industry that celebrates celebrity humiliation as entertainment, fueled by a twenty-four/seven internet of things.

Interstellar
Published by on Monday, November 17, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Interstellar is the latest conceptual tour-de-force from Christopher Nolan, in which he traverses the scientific mysteries of deep space, while grounding his story in themes of love, family, and human perseverance. Although Nolan borrows from the likes of Kubrick, Tarkovsky, Ridley Scott, and others, Interstellar feels original and daring in its own right, as perhaps the first major feature film to reliably tackle 21st Century theories of astrophysics.

St. Vincent
Published by on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

The wisdom of the elderly is priceless, but when your elderly babysitter owes money to loan sharks, the bank, and even to his own pregnant stripper/prostitute girlfriend, take the wisdom with a grain of salt. In St. Vincent, an unkempt, strapped-for-cash man becomes an unlikely babysitter and role model to a kid struggling to adapt to his new school. While certainly not the most original plot, St.

Harmontown
Published by on Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

The critically-acclaimed, but low-rated cult sensation Community underwent an upheaval after its third season, when Dan Harmon, its creator, was fired. Just before his exit, he started a monthly live show called “Harmontown”, which became a weekly show and podcast and post-occupational outlet for his creativity. Harmontown is a documentary that chronicles a selective tour the self-titled podcast undertook several months after Harmon’s termination.

Field of Lost Shoes
Published by on Friday, October 31, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

In 1863, Ulysses S. Grant (Tom Skerritt) is appointed as the Chief of Union Forces by Abraham Lincoln, who is under pressure to achieve more progress on the frontlines as the presidential election is around the corner. A freshman class of teenagers enroll into the Virginia Military Institute as the Civil War continues to reshape the American landscape and mindset. Maj. Gen. John C.

Gone Girl
Published by on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:05am | 0 Comments

Something has to fill up the 24-hour news cycle. If it’s not the generic panel shows that manufacture news in real-time, it’s the gas-bag pundits that perpetuate fear and manipulate the public’s perceptions. Gone Girl revels in satirizing the media circus as it overwhelms a suburban Missouri town when a wealthy woman goes missing.

The Drop
Published by on Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

In the testosterone-drenched film The Drop, director Michaël Roskam uses Dennis Lehane’s screenplay (his first), a fine supporting role from James Gandolfini (his last), and a puppy named Rocco to create the space for a career-defining performance from actor Tom Hardy.

Leaving Circadia
Published by on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Leaving Circadia portrays extended adolescence no differently than what we’ve seen before with a pacing and style that doesn’t take any chances. This romantic comedy strives to bring home the point of pursuing American dreams, but the film fails to see past its own hypocritical plasticity as it is just as predictable and light-hearted as any other date-night American rom-com.

The Congress
Published by on Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

Equally clever and weird, The Congress examines the century-old fight for artistic autonomy by exploring the consumption of the celebrity through a contrarian message of hope in the film industry. Using both live-action footage and a plethora of animation styles, The Congress is bound to make an impact while joining the growing list of Hollywood satires.

The Giver
Published by on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 5:00am | 0 Comments

For many middle-schoolers, The Giver was the first opportunity for readers to get a taste of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and a bad taste for the ills of orthodoxy. The novel portrayed the travails of communist rhetoric about fairness and conformity with just a touch of magical realism.

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