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Topic: movie review

Ben Platt as Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Stephen Chbosky.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ translates seamlessly to big screen

September 10, 2021 0 comments

The “Dear Evan Hansen” film adaptation, to be released in theaters Sept. 24, proves that some musicals can shine both on and off stage. The six-time Tony Award winning coming-of-age musical originally captivated audiences on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre December 2016.

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.

“The World’s A Little Blurry” shows Eilish’s world for exactly what it is: crazy and complex but punctuated by moments of normalcy.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘The World’s A Little Blurry’: Billie Eilish releases new documentary

March 14, 2021 0 comments

The artist documentary appears to be a deceptively simple concept. It’s all too easy to assume that if you follow a superstar around with a camera for long enough, you’ll stumble upon depth and greatness. 

Moxie. Hadley Robinson as Vivian in Moxie.  Cr /NETFLIX © 2020

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Moxie” empowers, but falls through in broadcasting intersectionality

March 11, 2021 0 comments

Earnest but often unrealistic, Amy Poehler’s “Moxie” misses the mark on its attempt to communicate revolutionary feminism within a modern high school.  Based on the young adult novel by Jennifer Matheiu, the recent Netflix original film “Moxie,” released March 3, tells the story of Vivian (Hadley Robinson), an introverted high […]

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.

Rosamund Pike plays Marla Grayson, a scammer that has managed to convince courts to entrust seniors to her care.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘I Care A Lot’ and the sociopathy of corporate America

March 7, 2021 1 comment

Why do we love to watch sociopaths? The ordinary couch potato would likely run for the hills if they were to knowingly pass by one on the street, and yet we can’t seem to look away from them on-screen.

Minari represents writer-director Lee Isaac Chung portrayal of the semi-autobiographical tale of a Korean-American family living in Arkansas.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Minari” is a modest American tale universal in tenderness

February 25, 2021 0 comments

“Minari” opens with the American heartland flitting past the inquisitive faces of 6-year-old David (newcomer Alan S. Kim) and his older sister, Anne (Noel Kate Cho).

Wendy Williams’ shameful masterpiece

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Wendy Williams’ shameful masterpiece

February 4, 2021 0 comments

If you haven’t heard her on the radio or listened to her talk show, you’ve probably seen her picture online, crying, fainting or smirking. Wendy Williams, the radio shock jock turned daytime talk show host turned everlasting meme, reports on celebrities while being one herself.

"The White Tiger," released on Netflix Jan. 13, is a largely faithful adaptation of the Booker Prize Winner of the same title, exhibiting compelling performances from Rajkummar Rao as Ashok, Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Pinky and rising star Adarsh Gourav as Balram Halwai.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“The White Tiger” is an incisive satire exploring modern India

February 3, 2021 0 comments

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (“Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop,” “99 Homes”), “The White Tiger” is a darkly satirical rags-to-riches tale that reveals the ugliness behind India’s entrenched social hierarchy and explores the underdog’s retaliation against the inequitable system. 

Regina King’s directorial film debut, is a sharp-witted retelling of a celebratory get-together of four revolutionary icons who debate how best to retaliate against racism in America.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘One Night in Miami…’ electrifies with timely, powerful dialogue

January 27, 2021 0 comments

On Feb. 25, 1964, the budding Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) defeated Sonny Liston to earn the title of heavyweight boxing champion in an upset victory. After Clay’s astounding win, NFL star fullback Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) envisioned that the two would go to a luxury hotel to celebrate the victory with alcohol and women.