Category : Film

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Gotham’s Unsung Virtue

Last weekend marked the 10th anniversary of The Dark Knight. It goes without saying for anyone who has seen the film that Christopher Nolan presents a cinematic tour de force. On an intellectual level, it poses a fundamental question: how do we respond to chaos and evil?

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A Quiet Place

With its portrayal of a family under siege, A Quiet Place demonstrates how a traditional family structure builds attachment and a commitment to protecting one another.

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The Force Awakens… A Crush?

I’m not one to praise chick flicks, but the “boy meets girl” moment in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is definitely my favorite scene. Though the romantic themes are not as overt as in other Disney films, the relationship between Finn and Rey demonstrates the positive impact a female influence can have on a man, and it helps bring balance to unrealistic feminist ideals. Making the story more about the characters also helps to turn Star Wars into a simple “feel-good” story once again.

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Spectre: “You’re a Good Man, James”

“I hate guns,” Madeleine Swann sputters moments before she skilfully unloads and dry fires a handgun a few seconds later. Swann, the latest Bond girl, introduces an anti-gun perspective in Spectre, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The film’s subtle aversion to violence (subtle, this is James Bond after all) actually highlights an essential aspect of the character, one that resonates with our real-world notion of heroism.

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Bridge of Spies: Conservative Box Office Twist?

I’m looking forward to seeing Bridge of Spies , the latest Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks film (in theaters this weekend). Sure, Hollywood isn’t known to be a bastion of historical accuracy, and yes, Spielberg films can be overly formulaic, but it’s still a big-budget Cold War thriller. How bad could it be?

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What Facebook Doesn’t Kill, Netflix Will

There’s a downside to on-demand binge watching beyond the sheer gluttony of it. Grown-ups across the country have been telling us for years now that staring at our smartphones constantly weakens relationships. Professional media theorists have also written plenty on how it transforms our personal interactions, and in a lot of ways, they’re correct. But instant communication through

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The Oppression of the Mockingjay

What causes a culture to celebrate a televised spectacle of teenage gladiatorial combat? It’s a question we desperately need to be asking, and it’s a question that The Hunger Games frankly doesn’t seem interested in. The writers and filmmakers certainly pretend to take on that topic, but abandon the issue with disconcerting ease. If we’re

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‘Into the Storm’ and the Critics’ Disaster

Into the Storm may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but it doesn’t quite deserve its low 21% score on Rotten Tomatoes. This found-footage style disaster film tracks a group of professional storm chasers, two drunken daredevils, and a small town community on the day of their high school graduation. Richard Armitage works in his prime

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Divergent: A Dangerous Relationship

Boy meets girl. Sparks fly. Butterflies flutter. Other things come up. Feelings get hurt a little.  Both go their separate ways because it’s really the best thing. Roll credits. I’m still waiting to come across a movie like that. The happily-ever-after ending is as natural and important as villains monologuing in critical moments or good

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