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Topic: Film review

Black Widow was released on July 9 after the title character’s decade-long journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Black Widow is a nostalgic, action-packed eulogy

July 27, 2021 0 comments

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting for a glimpse into the elusive Natasha Romanoff since her debut in Iron Man 2. After an 11-year long journey with the Avengers, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) finally got her own movie July 9.

Emma Stone shines as Cruella de Vil, the rising-star/budding antagonist on the West End in 70’s London.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Cruella,’ the Disney villainess with a fashionable backstory

June 7, 2021 0 comments

Directed by Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”), “Cruella” is a dazzling crime-comedy, villain origin story with a vampy flair distinct from the standard Disney live-action feature.

From semi-autobiographical family dramas to feature film debuts with throwback pizzazz, here are four movies and a TV show that celebrate AAPI heritage.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Five films, TV series celebrate AAPI heritage

May 23, 2021 0 comments

Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park) are childhood best friends who drifted apart after an awkward falling-out as teenagers. Fast-forward 15 years, Sasha has garnered culinary fame as a chef renowned for elevated Asian cuisine.

"Godzilla vs Kong" delivers epic fight scenes between legendary rivals. The conclusion of the Monsterverse series packs a punch.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Godzilla vs. Kong” showcases feel-good fisticuffs extravaganza between legendary rivals

April 8, 2021 0 comments

As the fourth installment in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse franchise — a shared cinematic universe which began with the 2014 “Godzilla” — “Godzilla vs. Kong” is an incredibly fun watch.

Tom Holland's compelling performance is not enough to save the film that fails to go deep enough.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Cherry,’ a failed American epic despite sincere performances

April 1, 2021 0 comments

In Part One of the film “Cherry,” adapted from Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical 2018 novel of the same title, Tom Holland plays the titular character in a college setting.

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” spectacular addition to Disney’s pantheon of non-princesses

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” spectacular addition to Disney’s pantheon of non-princesses

March 16, 2021 0 comments

Since 2013’s “Frozen,” Disney has demonstrated a conscious attempt at steering toward material with greater socio-political significance, shedding the archetypal characters of Western medieval romances and diversifying their stories.

Frances McDormand's acting and Chloé Zhao's directing helped elevate "Nomadland" beyond a typical melodrama, earning it accolades at the Golden Globes.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Nomadland,” a poignant portrait of grief and healing

March 9, 2021 0 comments

Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” is a simultaneously intimate and effusive meditation on the stratum of unsettled Americans. These nomads are often flippantly deemed the outcome of some sort of failure, be it economic dissolution or domestic upheaval.

The movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “The Witches,” which premiered this past month, succeeds in some aspects but falls short of the original movie.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Reimagining of ‘The Witches’ brings a forgettable charm

November 12, 2020 0 comments

Film journalists and movie buffs alike buzzed with anticipation when news arrived announcing that Robert Zemeckis, director of “Back to the Future” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” was slated to adapt the 1983 classic story, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.” 

Ben Wheatley’s version of “Rebecca” leaves out important elements of the original, including class commentary and a truly sinister antagonist, and the story suffers as a result.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Rebecca’ remake falls flat

October 28, 2020 0 comments

Though director Ben Wheatley claims to offer a new interpretation of a well-loved classic, his version of “Rebecca” pales in comparison not only to the story’s 1938 source material but also to the famous Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation from 1940.

The Ivy Film Festival welcomed renowned writer and director Aaron Sorkin and acclaimed actor Jeremy Strong for a conversation on their latest film “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on the evening of Oct. 21.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Aaron Sorkin and Jeremy Strong discuss ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ at virtual IFF event

October 22, 2020 0 comments

The Ivy Film Festival welcomed renowned writer and director Aaron Sorkin and acclaimed actor Jeremy Strong for a conversation on their latest film “The Trial of the Chicago 7” on the evening of Oct. 21.