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Category: Movie Reviews

‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Film Review

The Art of Self-Defense follows Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) on his journey of self-discovery fuelled by an unfortunate near death experience after being mugged one night coming back from buying dog food at the store. Casey, already a timid and introverted character, retreats further into his shell after this incident, becoming terrified of the world ...

‘The Lion King (2019)’ Film Review

The Lion King falls into Disney’s recent endeavors to remake their most popular animated films for a live-action setting. Many of these are remakes hail from Disney’s animated Renaissance from the 90s. These films include: Beauty and the Beast (2017), Mulan (2020), and The Little Mermaid (TBA). Following the success of Jungle Book (2016), Jon ...

‘Trespassers’ Film Review

The horror genre is in a pretty interest space right now. The industry has seen trailblazing efforts like Jordan Peele’s Us and Ari Aster’s Midsommar push the boundaries of what a horror film can look like. At the same time, audiences have also seen critical duds like The Curse of La Llorona and Escape Room ...

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Film Review

Avengers: Endgame was the finale to the MCU’s first decade of storytelling — completing the various plot threads that began with Iron Man in 2008. As the next film on the MCU release schedule, Spider-Man: Far From Home had to serve as the epilogue to Endgame and end a five film arc centered on the ...

‘Toy Story 4’ Film Review

Like the other three Toy Story movies, Toy Story 4 revolves around the themes of purpose and belonging.  As major drivers for the whole franchise, these themes poetically go hand in hand with the notions of growing up and moving on.  What better way to exemplify these very pertinent feelings than with the personification of ...

‘Yesterday’ Film Review

Recently, I was fortunate enough to watch a screening of Danny Boyle’s new movie, Yesterday.  Because it was a free fan screening - and not a press screening - the theater was packed, which allowed me to experience a miniature version of the sense of madness that surrounded the Beatles at the height of their ...

‘Dark Phoenix’ Film Review

Why? This word perfectly encapsulates my frustration with the existence of this film. Why also happens to be the mantra which I constantly repeated out loud in the near empty theatre forming questions such as: Why was this movie made? Who thought this would be a good idea? Why did Sophie Turner enroll in the Bella Swan school of ...

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Film Review

Can humanity co-exist with the natural world that surrounds it? And if not, what are the resulting consequences? Those are the central questions behind this year’s monster battle royal, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It is an interesting -- and increasingly relevant -- message to place at the heart of this franchise, one that goes ...

‘Booksmart’ Film Review

At the end of this year, I’ll be leaving to start a graduate program in a city where I know no one. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in high school and while most of it is a blur, there are small things that come to mind every now and then. The different ...

‘Rim of the World’ Film Review

What do you get when you mix together the wonderment of E.T, the adventure of Goonies, the endearment of Stand by Me, and the action from Independence Day? You get Netflix latest movie about four kids at a summer camp who must save the world from alien invaders: Rim of the World. Alien invasion movies ...

‘Detective Pikachu’ Film Review

This movie was never going to amount much as a work of storytelling. Yet even with such low expectations, the live-action Pokémon movie Detective Pikachu fails spectacularly. But I cannot be too harsh because of the task that was laid before the filmmakers. They had to create a film that appealed to the casual movie-going ...

‘Aladdin’ Film Review

When it comes to remakes of beloved films, there are generally two schools of thought; the first says, “why would they risk ruining a story that was already done so well before?” while the second school says, “the two films are separable from one another – even if the remake tanks the original will always ...

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