Drama

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Movie Review: “Concrete Cowboy”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Concrete Cowboy” starring Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, and more!

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“The Battery” Review – A Tale of Baseball & Survival

The Battery mostly focusses on two friends living in a zombie infested world. Life as it is, surviving zombies and baseball.

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"Mainstream" (2021) Review: Eat the Art

From Gia Coppola, the comedy-drama film Mainstream stars Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff, and Jason Schwartzman. The film addresses what you're willing to sacrifice to become famous on the internet. Is throwing everyone you know under the bus worth a few more likes or follows?

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"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Review

A review of Milos Foremans' Oscar-winning masterpiece.

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Fantaspoa 2021 - "Kontora" Review

A black and white drama shrouded in mystery. Kontora takes the two and a half hour scenic route to the meaning behind a grandfather's diary, buried treasure, and a man who can only walk backwards. This film is a part of the Brazilian film festival known as Fantaspoa 2021.

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"Taxi Driver": The Peak of Scorsese in the 70s

“You talking to me, you talking to me? Are you talking to me?”

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"Apocalypse Now": A Journey to the Violent Self

Reviewing one of my favorite (war) films of all time is difficult. It's a real journey within. Reserve 3-4 hours alone time, close the curtains and of you go into the Heart of Darkness.

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"Schindler’s List": Telling a Story Through Editing and Cinematography.

How Steven Spielberg uses the two important elements of the film to tell an emotional story.

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"Born on the Fourth of July" Movie Review

A review of the second movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy.

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"Platoon": Oliver Stone's Magnum Opus

The first movie of Oliver Stone's Vietnam Trilogy.

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Movie Review: "Judas and the Black Messiah"

This is a non-spoiler review of "Judas and the Black Messiah" starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, and more!

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'Panda Bear It' (2020) Review: A Rapper Becomes an Endangered Species

"Panda Bear It" is a micro-budget indie film written and directed by Evan Kidd and starring Damien Elliot Bynum. The film is now available to stream on Amazon Prime for free for Prime members.

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Should I Watch..? 'The Dig' (2021)

Much like the discovery at its heart, this unassuming drama from Netflix is something of a buried treasure itself. Benjamin Cox gets dirty - and back to his roots - and takes a look.

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Movie Review: “The Dig”

This is a non-spoiler review of “The Dig” starring Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, and more!

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Review: "Our Friend"

Our Friend isn't anything new, but amid a pandemic, it is a poignant and heartwarming tale of how friendship can make hard times so much easier just by being there and caring.

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Movie Review: “Pieces of a Woman”

This is a non-spoiler review of “Pieces of a Woman” starring Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn, and more!

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Should I Watch..? 'The Karate Kid' (1984)

With the remarkable success of spin-off TV series 'Cobra Kai', Benjamin Cox-san wondered what it was about the original film that makes it still so popular among audiences. Turns out that this is more than just 'Rocky' in pyjamas.

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'Sound of Metal' (2020) Review: A Symphony of Auditory Annihilation

Sound of Metal had a brief theatrical run back in November, but is now available on Amazon Prime and is free for Prime members. The film does some incredible things with Ruben's (Riz Ahmed) deteriorating hearing loss.

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'Hillbilly Elegy' Takes a Wrong Turn, Just North of Frankfort, Kentucky

As both producer and director of Hillbilly Elegy, Howard deserves, as JD Vance's grandmother Mamaw might say, "a good talking to."

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On the Streets of the Bronx: 'A Bronx Tale' Soundtrack

'A Bronx Tale' is a masterpiece from the mind's of Jazz Palminteri and Robert De Niro. Music features heavily in the film, around both the characters and the world they live in. This article takes a closer listen to the use of music in arguably one of the greatest gangster films to date.

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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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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 ...