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Novitiate – An Uneasy Watch With Limited Appeal (Guest Review)

Novitiate is one of those films you got to really want to see. It is a film that most will miss in the theaters and might not find until later if it gets any sort of publicity or recognition during awards season. At its heart, it’s a film that deals with a very specific issue involving the Catholic church during a major time of transition that will either intrigue filmgoers or be just another title to skip over when looking for The Last Jedi showtimes.    Continue reading “Novitiate – An Uneasy Watch With Limited Appeal (Guest Review)”

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The Star – A Wholesome But Limited Animated Film (Guest Review)

The nativity story that inspired Christmas has been told and retold in various mediums and media, including children’s books, animated specials, and live-action feature films. Now, Sony Pictures Animation and director Timothy Reckart presents a new spin to the classic Nativity Story with the animated film The Star. Does this movie weave a new thread in this old tale or is it a far cry from its religious source material?

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Thank You For Your Service – Unflinching and Uneven (Guest Review)

The American military is controversial as an institution, but the individuals who comprise the institution receive an enormous amount of empathy. They give up huge swaths of their life for one reason or another. Usually, it’s to provide a future for their fledgling family and to protect the country they love. However, when they return to civilian life, they are rarely the same. The horrors of war take their toll on those serving on the front lines. It’s a bit of an open secret, and many steps have been made to destigmatize PTSD over the last decade or so.

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The Snowman – Spine-Numbingly Dull (Guest Review)

So this film was already climbing an uphill battle. Between Martin Scorsese dropping out as director to the new director Tomas Alfredson revealing that they didn’t shoot 10-15% of the script, The Snowman just seemed to be a lost cause from the beginning. Regardless, the cast and acclaimed novel it was based on intrigued me, so here we are.

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Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – Not Another One (Guest Review)

Much like his other “Madea” movies, Tyler Perry, who directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the feature, plays his iconic character in another Halloween comedy romp for the scary season. Despite the movie getting trashed by critics (and some moviegoers) and receiving negative reviews, Boo! A Madea Halloween was still able manage to make a small profit at the box office, cultivating almost $75 million dollars against its $20 million production budget. Now, roughly a year after its release, Lionsgate (and Tyler Perry Studios), and (as director) Tyler Perry present the second go-around of the Halloween spirit with the follow-up sequel Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

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Our Souls at Night – A Heart-Warming Romantic Film (Guest Review)

Our Souls at Night had its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival back on September 1 – Now, mere weeks later, the folks at Netflix have released the film on select NY/LA screens for an Oscar Qualifying Run and on its streaming service for at home viewing for all of their subscribers.

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Beach Rats – A Quiet Yet Effective Coming of Age Drama (Guest Review)

Well, it’s hard to believe, but in just over one week I’ll be back in Halifax, NS for the 37th edition of the Atlantic International Film Festival. I will be seeing 20+ films during my time at the festival this year and I simply can’t wait to be back in Halifax for another week of great films. There are some incredible looking movies in the lineup this year and I can’t wait to begin watching.

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Home Again – A Bland Romantic Comedy (Guest Review)

Audiences love when a movie has “something for everyone.” A film like Raiders of the Lost Ark is considered perfect because it’s a light-hearted action adventure movie with a romantic subplot. However, movies strictly about romance are considered “less than” for some reason. Romantic movies are written off as sappy, cheesy, saccharine, etc. But, that doesn’t make much sense. Most people experience romance at some point in their life. Loving someone is a nearly universal experience. So, why do these movies get written off so easily? The answer lies in films like Home Again. Continue reading “Home Again – A Bland Romantic Comedy (Guest Review)”

Tulip Fever – Nothing To Go Crazy About (Guest Review)

I did not know much about this film going in other than who was in it and that it was a period drama. While the setting is new, the story is the same one we have seen time and time again. After being delayed for over three years, you would think this film would be polished.

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Digimon Adventure Tri. Chapter 2: Determination – A Digi-Paradox (Guest Review)

In 2015, longtime fans of Digimon (“Digital Monsters”) rejoiced with the 15th anniversary of Akiyoshi Hongo’s franchise with the start of Digimon Adventure Tri; a six-part series that serves as direct sequel to the first two television series, Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02. Now, continuing the adventures of Digimon Adventure Tri, comes the second installment of this six-part anime series with Digimon Adventure Tri. Chapter 2: Determination. Is this next Digimon adventure feature worth seeing or does it fail to ignite that reminiscent to the original “DigiDestined” team?

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