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Box Office Predictions – October 2017

Blade Runner 2049 (Warner Bros.); The Snowman (Universal).

I’m, honestly, still shocked by how well It has done in theaters around the world. It’s amazing. But even though I’ve got a lot of opening weekend’s to predict this month, there is really only one movie that I want to talk about right now: Blade Runner 2049. (more…)

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REVIEW: The Big Sick (2017)

Theatrical Release Poster – Amazon Studios / Lionsgate

The following is a review of The Big Sick – Directed by Michael Showalter.

In Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, Kumail Nanjiani (played by himself), a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian, has fallen in love with a heckler, a white woman named Emily (played by Zoe Kazan). Kumail quickly starts a relationship with this woman, but he is not ready to tell his parents as they are very conservative and constantly shove Pakistani women in front of him whenever he visits his parents’ home. (more…)

IJR Awards 2016: Nominations Announced, Part Two of Two

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It’s time for the second – and final – half of the nominations for the 2016 IJR Awards. This time it’s all about movies and documentaries. I’ll announce the winners of all categories on February 20th, before announcing my top ten films of 2016 on February 22nd. (more…)

REVIEW: Hell or High Water (2016)

Theatrical Release Poster - CBS Films; Lionsgate

Theatrical Release Poster – CBS Films; Lionsgate

The following is a review of Hell or High Water – directed by David Mackenzie.

Former actor Taylor Sheridan – a WGA Award-nominated screenwriter – is beginning to make quite a name for himself. 2015’s Sicario, which Sheridan also wrote, was easily one of the best films of that year, and now, with Hell or High Water, he may have outdone himself. At the very least, I believe director David Mackenzie has made one of the best neowestern films that I’ve ever seen out of Sheridan’s original script.
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REVIEW: Blair Witch (2016)

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Release Poster – Lionsgate

The following is a spoiler-free review of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch.

This new Blair Witch was a pretty big surprise this year. For quite a while Adam Wingard’s 2016 horror film was titled The Woods. And – I have to admit that – I wasn’t really excited for The Woods. Not only was the Blair Witch reveal a great surprise, it also got me interested in the film immediately.

I’m not a huge fan of the original film, but I enjoy it for what it is, and I really liked the idea of making a new sequel to the horror cult ‘classic.’ I was especially excited when I heard about the plot of the film. And while I don’t think Blair Witch is an amazing found footage horror film, I had a really good time with it.  (more…)

REVIEW: Eddie The Eagle (2016)

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Release Poster – 20th Century Fox / Lionsgate

The following is a review of Eddie The Eagle, produced by Matthew Vaughn.

Based on a true story, Eddie The Eagle follows the famous titular Olympian, Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards (played by Taron Egerton) and shows us just how he became an Olympic Ski Jumper. Eddie The Eagle is an excellent sports biopic, and while it is very clichéd and safe, Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman elevate the story to a whole new level.  (more…)

REVIEW: Blue Mountain State – The Rise of Thadland (2016)

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The following is a review of Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, available on iTunes now.

Give me a HELL! Give me a YEAH! – Spike’s cult comedy television show Blue Mountain State is back after having been brought back to life via crowd-funding. The BMS students are back to throw the biggest party in BMS history, in order to save the infamous Goat House. While the film, ultimately, is only mediocre, there is, however, a lot to love for loyal fans of the show.  (more…)