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Category: Guest Posts

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Guest Review)

Now, a year after Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, OLM / Wit Studio and director Tetuso Yajima present the next chapter in the super popular Japanese anime franchise with the movie Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us. Does this Pokémon movie find its stride or does it fail to find a “connection” in the popular franchise?

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Second Act – A Feel-Good Film for the Holidays (Guest Review)

This Christmas season is severely lacking in holiday hijinks leaving the door wide open for feel-good family films to take its place. While Mary Poppins Returns caters to children and families, could Second Act fill that void for older audiences?

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – 2018’s Most Unique Film Experience (Guest Review)

Netflix is not well known for its quality movies, in fact its model of quantity over quality has created a lot of subpar content throughout the years, but it seems that they plan to end off 2018 with a bang. After the release of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Kindergarten Teacher and Hold The Dark, Netflix seems to have found its stride. That is without mentioning the buzz surrounding their other end-of-year releases Outlaw King and Roma, a Best Oscar frontrunner. With news that the Coen Brothers have jumped ship to the world of online media, could Netflix be changing the industry for the better?

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Indivisible- A Strong and Sincere Faith-Based Drama (Guest Review)

With Indivisible. does this marriage of war and faith-based genres finds its voice (and meaning) in this cinematic telling or does it flounder in trying to find its message (point) across in a theatrical presentation?

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Disney’s Chronicles of Clara (Early Guest Review)

With The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, Disney is continuing with its wave of live-action adaptations by finally moving away from re-sourcing its animated content to focus on a classic Christmas tale (although technically this one was a segment in Fantasia). Can they continue the trend of success seen in The Jungle Book and Beauty in the Beast or will this be another Cinderella?

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Colette – Filling Keira Knightley’s Period Drama Quota (Guest Review)

When discussing the genre of period biopics a few actors instantly come to mind: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren. However, none have burst onto the scene and become such a staple in the genre like Keira Knightley has. After her breakout performance in Pride & Prejudice, Knightley has gone on to star in a new biopic every few years with this being her first since 2014. Could Colette be her ticket to nabbing the elusive Oscar?

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The Sisters Brothers – A Character Study Placed In A Western (Guest Review)

When it comes to Westerns, the expectation is a picturesque, action-packed drama that looks into the dangerous atmosphere of the era and the perils that its inhabitants faced. Most of the time these films are remembered for their intense stand offs and gory fight scenes, but it seems for Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut he had something less conventional in mind with The Sisters Brothers.

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Smallfoot – A Fun Yet Familiar Family Tale (Early Guest Review)

Family friendly animated films tend to be some of the least ambitious modes of storytelling. They use a redone story, chosen from a handful of lighthearted, but strong messaged ideas, and infuse their own brand of humour related to the characters and location the story is set in. This film is no different, but it’s in its uniqueness that this story shines.

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Unbroken: Path to Redemption – A Formulaic Coda to Zamperini’s Tale (Guest Review)

Now, roughly four years after Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, Pure Flix Entertainment and director Harold Cronk present the continuation of Zamperini’s cinematic story in the film Unbroken: Path to Redemption. Does this “spiritual successor” movie to the 2014 release ring strong and true or is a bit “too little, too late” to fully capture a revisit Unbroken?

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Mandy – An Instant Cult Classic (Guest Review)

Nicolas Cage has had an interesting career. When he is on his game, he is one of the best and most committed actors of his generation and, yet, on occasion he overacts and pulls himself back down. On this roller-coaster of good and bad Nicolas Cage performances, where does Mandy fall?

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