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Review – Selma

In Selma, director Ava DuVernay and writer Paul Webb have given parents and history teachers a valuable tool to bring a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement to life. The duo should be commended for their efforts to bring the story of the 1965 march from

Review – The Imitation Game

The movie industry loves making World War II films. But as last year’s unsuccessful Monuments Men showed us, it’s getting increasingly difficult to find stories to tell about the war that feel original and captivate audiences. The Imitation Game has certainly found a unique, true war story

Review – The Theory of Everything

Whether by design or by accident, The Theory of Everything feels more like a showcase for its two leads’ acting skills than an actual film. Much has already been said about Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking. He gives a charismatic performance in the lead role. And

Review – Big Hero 6

I’m not entirely sure what the target demographic for Big Hero 6 is. On the surface, it seems like a slam dunk kids’ movie. Baymax (Scott Adsit) is an adorably huggable marshmallow-esque robot sidekick to our protagonist Hiro (Ryan Potter) that just reeks of merchandising gold. His

Review – Birdman

What I found so refreshing about Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was just how many different layers there were to the film. On the surface, it is a satire of modern films and celebrity culture with Michael Keaton playing a thinly-veiled fictional version of himself

Review – John Wick

Leave it to two stunt directors to finally give us an action movie where the action scenes truly shine. As I’ve ranted about countless times in these reviews, so many directors today rely on shaky camera, close cropped action scenes to mask the scenes flaws and to

Review – Harmontown

The question at the center of Harmontown is: who is Dan Harmon and why are his loyal fans willing to pay money to see him live on stage when he doesn’t have an act? Harmontown is a LA-based podcast hosted by Harmon, the creator of Community and

Review – Gone Girl

I’ve reached a point where I’ll watch anything David Fincher directs. While so much of what comes out of Hollywood feels the same – watered down, predictable, overly focus grouped – Fincher manages to have an original voice that is worth listening to. I don’t love all

Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Like with any big budget reboot of a beloved franchise, rabid fans were worried that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would simply be an empty rehash of the popular films they watched as children. But here’s a little secret that no one really wants to admit: the original

Review – Guardians of the Galaxy

Like Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting stretch, Wilt Chamberlain scoring 50-points in seven consecutive games and the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ perfect season, we are witnessing a truly impressive streak that may never be matched. Since 2008’s Iron Man, Disney and Marvel have been putting together an amazing string