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Movie Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Movie Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

  Hoo boy, a lot to unpack here. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is the follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel, the movie which dared to ask, “What if Superman 9/11-ed Metropolis?” Now, Superman must contend with a public that questions if he is worthy of their trust, debates over whether he should continue being a hero, and suddenly it seems like there’s more meta-context here than actual plot. Because really, this is going to be the main storyline of the DC cinematic universe (Suicide Squad being relatively tangential and a completely different kind of mess to unwrap) and yet we’ve still got nothing of substance from the...

Movie Review: The Revenant

Movie Review: The Revenant

  The Revenant is the most recent movie by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It starts Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a tracker hired to help a group of trappers hunting in the wilderness for beaver pelts. After a vicious raid by Native Americans, the few surviving trappers need to circle around to get back to their outpost before they’re caught and promptly scalped. Things go south when Hugh is mauled by a bear and has to be carried. Unwilling to risk himself for Glass, the trapper Fitzgerald tries to put Glass out his misery but gets caught by Glass’s son who he in turn, silences. Miraculously, Glass survives through it all with...

Movie Review: In the Heart of the Sea

Movie Review: In the Heart of the Sea

Back in the early 19th century, whaling was a massive and dangerous industry. Whale oil was a precious commodity, used for oil lamps and soaps. The inherent risks and general hard labor required for expeditions meant that the sailors recruited were usually those who didn’t have many other options or were born into the job. There’s an interesting story to be had in a whaler’s life, and that’s exactly what Herman Melville is looking for when he meets Thomas Nickerson, a man who spent his formative years hunting one particular whale. His story begins with Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) heading out for one last whaling trip, ensuring...

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton follows the same path as most other movies about famous musicians, coming from nothing to creating something that permanently changes our culture. What makes it different, and in this case, so much more exciting is that we see the growing pains of those changes, witnessing just how much music can affect the day to day lives of those who couldn’t find an outlet for pent-up frustration at a system that didn’t (and one could say still doesn’t) care about them. Usually we can see how the music is a reflection of the artist’s inner turmoil, reflecting on themselves and how the sacrifices they made in pursuing their...

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Jurassic World opened last summer to a record high box-office and positive critical reception, gliding in on the back of Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 movie. But as time went on, opinions started to shift. No one said the movie was bad but it certainly had some issues that were overlooked on the initial viewing with regards to tone. Much like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the argument falls between quality of story versus the visually enticing set pieces. That is, how much are people willing to overlook in the plot of the movie if the images on screen are able to draw an emotional response based on some other factor like nostalgia....

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