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'Big Night': Soundtrack and Silence

'Big Night' is a hidden gem masterpiece co-directed, co-produced, and co-written by household name Stanley Tucci. It's a beautifully quaint film that boasts an extraordinary soundtrack. Let's take a closer listen to how the soundtrack shapes this wonderful film.

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Vault Movie Review: “The Impossible”

This is a non-spoiler review of “The Impossible” starring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, and more!

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Should I Watch..? 'Ghost' (1990)

It's October so Benjamin Cox finds himself diving into one of his least favourite film genres - horror - in time for Halloween. But unlike the endless slasher films he's faced with, this soapy romantic fantasy defies expectation.

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"Sorcerer" (1977) - A Tense Battle Against Destiny

Sorcerer, a great pessimistic ride.

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Movie Review: “Mulan”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Mulan” starring Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, and more!

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"American Beauty" Review

A review of the award-winning film, "American Beauty."

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'The Irishman' Deconstruction

Martin Scorsese's pricey $160 million epic crime-drama starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Harvey Keitel is among Netflix's most watched originals.

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"Radioactive" Movie Review

After years (heck, decades) of being a “Where have I seen her before?” actor on this side of the Atlantic, Rosamund Pike may now (finally) be getting some of the recognition that she’s long enjoyed in her native England. Perhaps best known Stateside for her Oscar-nominated role in 2014’s Gone...

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"Le Divan de Staline": French Masks, No Soul

Transforming Baltassat's book Le Divan de Staline into a movie did nothing to improve the mediocre novel, and added on a whole host of problems of its own to the movie.

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Film Contemplation: The Happy Prince (2018) Film Review

The Happy Prince chronicles the final years of renowned poet and playwright Oscar Wilde's life. The film captures the universal theme of an extraordinarily successful life being bent by time and regrets.

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Should I Watch..? '365 Days' (2020)

Given how massively popular this film has become on Netflix since the global lockdown, one would assume that it's a quality product. Of course, Benjamin Cox knows all too well that that's not the way things work...

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"Greyhound" Movie Review

If there’s such a thing as a good ol’-fashioned war movie, Greyhound fits the bill. Starring, written and produced by Tom Hanks, the film (streaming on Apple TV+) is an economical yet highly-charged World War II-set matinee flick. All that’s missing is the fake-butter popcorn and the sticky floor...

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8 Romantic Movies for Every Occasion

In the everlasting world of cinema, there is a movie for every romantic scenario in your life, whether it be a gut-wrenching heartbreak or summer romance or an LDR. Luckily for you, I have compiled all my favorites in one list for you to find the one perfectly representative of your story.

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Should I Watch..? 'Amazing Grace' (2006)

Perhaps now more than ever, this earnest look at the life of abolitionist William Wilberforce is required viewing for school children as well as less enlightened folk. Benjamin Cox is sad that this story is still relevant, centuries later.

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"Da 5 Bloods" Movie Review

Even if Spike Lee’s fantastic new film Da 5 Bloods hadn’t debuted this week (on Netflix), it still would be one of the most powerful and resonant films of the year. Arriving as it does, however, in the midst of Black Lives Matter protests and national unrest, helps it hit home that much more...

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Movie Review: "Denial"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Denial" starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, and more!

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'The Peanut Butter Falcon' (2019) - Film Review

This article will offer an in-depth review of 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'.

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'Waves' (2019) - Film Review

An in-depth film review of 'Waves', starring Kelvin Harrison Jr, Taylor Russel, Alexa Demie, Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry.

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'Mid90s' (2018) - Film Review

An in-depth gaze into Jonah Hill's 2018 film, 'Mid90s".

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"At Eternity’s Gate" Review: A Portrait of a Soul

A movie made for an artist, by an artist.

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"To the Stars" Movie Review

When director Martha Stephens took her fourth feature out on the festival circuit in 2019 (earning a Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Fest along the way), it was presented in black and white. It was a fitting choice, given that To the Stars is set in...

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"Eyes Wide Shut" - An Essay on the Nature of Desire

This essay is meant to reveal some of the arguments for the depth and meaning of Kubrick's last film. I will talk about the use of music, color, and the underlying symbolism present in the form of dreams and desires. There will be spoilers ahead.

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Should I Watch..? 'The Deer Hunter'

Emotionally devastating and unashamedly indulgent, Michael Camino's controversial Vietnam war film is as essential a watch as it ever was. Benjamin Cox is simply blown away by the film's brilliance.

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"Sergio" Movie Review

In 2009, filmmaker Greg Barker released the documentary Sergio about the fascinating life and untimely death of UN administrator Sergio de Mello. The film went on to be a festival darling, winning a handful of awards around the world while serving as both a eulogy for the diplomat and a ...

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Film Contemplation: "The Conformist" (1970) Film Review

Bernardo Belucchi's filmography needs no introduction. This time we reflect on one of his most celebrated works, 1970's "The Conformist." A film that questions societal needs of fitting in coupled with oppression of thoughts in Mussolini's fascist Italy.

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Movie Review: "Horse Girl"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Horse Girl" starring Alison Brie, Molly Shannon, Debby Ryan, and more!

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"Mine 9" Movie Review

Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2019 Arizona International Film Festival a year ago, writer-director Eddie Mensore’s Mine 9 finally gets its wide release this week (thank you, Netflix!). Following in the footsteps of 2015’s The 33 (about the 2010 real-life Chilean Mine collapse), Mensore’s ...

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Movie Review: "Nowhere Boy"

An exploration of the 2010 film about John Lennon's life, adapted from a memoir written by Lennon's sister. This movie takes a deep look at familial relationships that shaped Lennon and has an interesting take on the relationship between Lennon and his mother.

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"Stargirl" Movie Review

It’s been 20 years since author Jerry Spinelli introduced the world to Stargirl, the quirky, manic pixie dream girl who descends on an Arizona high school and then disappears just as quickly, without anyone really appreciating her impact. Though the inherent lessons about individuality and not ...

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"Ride Like a Girl" Movie Review

The name Michelle Payne is little known (if at all) outside of Australia, but the pioneering jockey who broke into the male-dominated sport of horse racing and then became the first (and still only) woman to win the signature Melbourne Cup race is getting her due at the cineplex. (Well—via video...

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"Lost Girls" Movie Review

One of the most famous unsolved American mysteries in recent years, the identity of the Long Island Serial Killer has long baffled authorities. Believed to have murdered somewhere in the neighborhood of a dozen young women from 1996 to the early 2000s, the killer primarily targeted young ...

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"The Night Clerk" Movie Review

Michael Cristofer’s resume includes a Pulitzer and a Tony (for 1977’s The Shadow Box), and awards from the Writers Guild (for the 2009 TV movie Georgia O'Keeffe) and Director’s Guild (for the 1998 HBO film Gia). In the wake of The Night Clerk, though, you may find yourself wondering why...

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"10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up" Movie Review

At a surprisingly brief 74 minutes, writer-director Galt Niederhoffer’s 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up feels like it ends just as it gets going, but, as with the quirky relationship at its core, it turns out there’s the right amount of magic to sustain itself for the perfect amount of ...

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Movie Review: "Little Women" by Greta Gerwig

The newest adaptation of one of the most beloved stories of all time. Here my thoughts on Greta Gerwig's "Little Women."

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"The Photograph" Movie Review

It’s a fairly sad commentary on the current state of the world that the Valentine’s Day offerings at the cineplex include a god-awfully stupid pseudo-horror reboot of a cheesy 80s show alongside a hundred-miles-an-hour, kid-tastic video game-inspired romp. What happened to, you know, love and ...

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Movie Review: “Me Before You”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Me Before You” starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer, and more!

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Movie Review: "1917"

This is a non-spoiler review of "1917" starring Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, and more!

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"Just Mercy" Movie Review

Even if you don’t know the story behind Just Mercy, the real-life legal drama that mirrors everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to A Time To Kill, you won’t have a hard time figuring out exactly what’s gonna happen at every step along the way. When you indeed know the exact destination of a ...

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"1917" Movie Review

By now, the secret (if it ever qualified as one) is out. Director Sam Mendes’ World War I epic 1917 is made to appear as though it is (for the most part) one, long continuous shot. What could, though, be simply tossed aside as a gimmick included solely to get people talking about the film is ...

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"Bombshell" Movie Review

He may have started out as a guy known for the broadest of broad humor—helming the Austin Powers trilogy and the first two Meet the Parents films—but Jay Roach has since evolved into one of the more incisive contemporary directors, particularly when it comes to real-life, politically-tinged....

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"Little Women" Movie Review

Before writer-director Greta Gerwig took her shot, Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1868 novel Little Women had been adapted for the screen six times, including a silent film in 1917, the George Cukor-directed, Oscar-winning standard-bearer in 1933, and even a contemporary re-telling in 2018.

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Movie Review - Little Women (2019)

A review of the 2019 film Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig, the latest adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel.

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Review: "The Peanut Butter Falcon"

"The Peanut Butter Falcon" is an endearing film with plenty of heart that follows two people on two completely different paths, but together they find something in life that they both have been lacking

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Movie Review: “Marriage Story”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Marriage Story” starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, and more!

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Movie Review: “The Irishman”

This is a non-spoiler review of “The Irishman” starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and more!

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'The Revenant': When Men Began to Leave Their Mark

'The Revenant' is a gritty but beautifully shot film.

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"First Reformed" - How to Make a Spiritual Film

In the DVD commentary, writer/director Paul Schrader gives a masterclass in the use of the 'transcendental-style' of filmmaking to make a contemplative film.

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"The Farewell" Movie Review

If we’re lucky (and we usually are), any given year will provide two or three truly outstanding films that transcend all others and remind us why we go to the movies—why we pony up ten, fifteen bucks, munch grease-lubed popcorn, and tolerate the tool behind us whanging our seatback all too ...

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"Marriage Story" Movie Review

It would be easily forgivable should you need a reminder that Scarlett Johansson is among the more talented actors working today. She has, after all, spent most of the past decade donning a catsuit and kicking ass as Black Widow in the Marvel Universe. Fun times, to be sure, but not exactly the ...