Review

REVIEW: Before Midnight (2013)

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of Before Midnight — Directed by Richard Linklater.

When I started writing this review, I had watched all of these films twice. In what probably amounts to the course of 72 hours, I have seen all three films twice, and each time the series has managed to warm my heart, break it, and pick up the pieces in its last moments. (more…)

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REVIEW: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

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The following is a review of Solo: A Star Wars Story — Directed by Ron Howard.

Okay, let us get one thing out of the way early on. We all expected this film to fall apart. Most of us had this sinking feeling that told us we were getting a film that had fallen apart during production. Just like with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, behind the scenes news made us worry about the film, but it was even worse this time with Solo. (more…)

REVIEW: Westworld – “Akane no Mai”

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of the fifth episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the fifth episode of the second season of Westworld (“Akane no Mai”), Maeve (played by Thandie Newton) and the rest of her group meet the hosts of Shogun World and participate in a not entirely unique storyline. Dolores (played by Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (played by James Marsden) discuss their relationship. And two weeks later, Strand (played by Gustaf Skarsgård) gets new information about what has happened to the hosts found in the flooded valley. (more…)

REVIEW: Cargo (2018)

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The following is a review of Cargo — Directed by Yolanda Ramke & Ben Howling.

Cargo is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in Australia wherein Martin Freeman plays a father who is running out of time. After having been infected by a virus, he now needs to find a place for his very young daughter, and a person — a guardian — that can look out for her and raise her, because sooner or later even he will turn into one of the zombie-like infected brain-eaters that roam the Australian wilderness. (more…)

REVIEW: 13 Reasons Why – Season Two (2018)

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The following is a review of the second season of 13 Reasons Why — Developed by Brian Yorkey.

When I reviewed the first season of 13 Reasons Why, which I thought was a very good and, certainly, important season of television, I ended up saying that it was must-watch television and that it would be irresponsible for parents to ignore it. (more…)

REVIEW: Tully (2018)

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The following is a review of Tully — Directed by Jason Reitman.

I think none of us truly understand how hard it is to be a full-time mother, at least not before our friends, close relatives, or ourselves become parents. In a way, full-time mothers are the strongest of us, and sometimes they even exhaust themselves without asking for help — something they absolutely should be able to ask for, just like husbands should be expected to take on more responsibilities than is the norm. (more…)

REVIEW: Deadpool 2 (2018)

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The following is a review of Deadpool 2 — Directed by David Leitch.

I was a big fan of Tim Miller’s Deadpool, which I thought was everything you expected it to be and more. It was an immature superhero movie that made fun of its own genre, but which still suffered from some of the same problems as the lesser films in the genre. What made the film soar for me was the central love story, which was the driving force of the origin story. (more…)