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Category Archive: cinema

The gods and monsters of Alien: Covenant

Leverages the franchise’s canon into bold, existential ideas about artificial intelligence and the relationship between gods and monsters; fathers and sons.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Stuck on rewind in space

Vol. 2 has the revelry of the first, but it feels regimented, like a party planner hired to recapture the magic of a spontaneous night out.

Oh Jackie

Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) rides in the back of a ambulance following the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy (Brody and Aiden Weinberg). She lists names to her companions and asks if… Continue reading

Assassin’s Creed is a slave to the material

Everything, even the title, gets unpacked. There is nothing left to the imagination.

The best films of 2016

The films that pushed back in 2016.

Becoming an avatar of what you love in La La Land

A relief from the potholes of life as we envision the best versions of ourselves in snappy musical numbers.

The lessons of the 52 films by women pledge

Filmmaking skews male so you have to poke it back.

Rebel Yell

In war – Rogue One is desperate to underline the ‘war’ in ‘Star Wars’ – hope is the ideal motivational poster but it can’t be instilled without sacrifice.

Ghostbusters lights em’ up

A blast with barbs for gender politics snuck in-between big laughs.

The Dream of the Nineties is Alive in Independence Day: Resurgence

Unashamedly goofy and sincere with its absurdity.

Warcraft, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing

A submissive digital splat.

Girl Asleep gets bittersweet with maturity

Exquisitely encapsulates the struggle between adolescence and maturity with wide-eyed apprehension.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople and the Discomfort of Being Affable

It’s like being killed with kindness, a good problem to have but a hard one to define beyond pleasantries.

Green Room: No Posers

Pulsates on the collision of youth and violence.

The Comical Pandemonium of The Nice Guys

A crime tale that leaves the screwball comedy bruised and bloody with a retro reinvention of sorts.