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  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow

    ★★

    It’s always frustrating when a film has all the potential in the world to be great, only to be a fairly middling affair with not much to offer. Such is the case with director Francis Lawrence’s new film, Red Sparrow, starring his Hunger Games star, Jennifer Lawrence. What promised to be a throwback Cold War spy thriller ends up being a dull, overlong, and frankly frustrating experience that doesn’t add much new to the genre. Instead, it just reminds the…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★★

    Over the last ten years, and now eighteen films deep into this ever expanding series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows no signs of slowing down. Who can blame them when you you’re one of the most successful properties right now currently in Hollywood? But a studio doesn’t become this successful off of making the same movie time and again, and has to force itself to buck the formula to keep itself fresh and interesting. Enter filmmaker Ryan Coogler, known for…

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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    "Apes do not want war!"

    It's amazing how much the Planet of the Apes series has changed, and the ups and downs it has gone through. But after Rupert Wyatt's reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the series seemed to finally be back on track to return to its glory days. But no one could be prepared for what was to come, as Wyatt stepped out and Matt Reeves stepped in to the directors chair. Reeves, a self…

  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★★½

    "The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges on which we decide to follow."

    I don't normally go for horror films. The genre has gotten too obsessed with blood and gore, and less with atmosphere, performances, and true chills. It takes a lot for them to really grab my attention. This is something James Wan has continually managed to do with his offerings in the genre, and 'The Conjuring' is no exception. In fact,…