Game Night: Clever Comedy Mixes Twisty Thrills with Dark Humor

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3.5 out of 5 stars (Above Average) In my opinion, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are two of the most likable actors working today.  Both are approachable, charismatic, and make mostly solid career choices.  (Excluding Bateman’s The Change-Up, a study in how not to make a raunchy comedy, and McAdams’ less-than-Oscar-worthy turns in those Sherlock Holmes movies).  Game Night brings the two together as a Continue Reading

This Panther Has Sharp Claws, Social Commentary

3.5 out of 5 stars (above average) Much like death, taxes, and meetings with your in-laws, Marvel movies are, for better or worse, unavoidable.  The studio’s intense marketing campaigns set the internet ablaze with fan theories, memes, and reaction videos from people who haven’t even seen the movie yet.  Black Panther is the newest character in Marvel’s extensive catalog to get his own solo feature, and that Continue Reading

Marshall: Unpretentious Legal Drama Has Great Performances, Timely Message

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4 out of 5 stars (one of the best of the year) I’ll be completely honest here: The primary reason I saw Marshall was because Thor: Ragnarok wasn’t at my local theater.  The trailer for Marshall made it look like an overly serious legal drama that would likely drown in its own self-importance (not that I’m downplaying the importance of this case, but Hollywood has a tendency to over-dramatize these “based on Continue Reading

Citizen Kane: A Psycho Analysis of One of Cinema’s Most Eponymous Anti-Heroes

Note: This is a paper that I wrote and presented at the EAPSU Shared Spaces Conference in April of 2017.  I thought it would be appropriate for the site as it discusses Citizen Kane (thought to be one of greatest films ever made) in great detail.  I would like to personally thank Dr. Christina Rieger for all of her support during the writing of this paper, as well as being a fantastic teacher.   Citizen Continue Reading

The Commuter: Newest Liam Neeson Thriller Derails from Plot Contrivances

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2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) Liam Neeson’s newest action-thriller, The Commuter, brings together everything we’ve come to expect from the acclaimed actor’s crop of action films: a seemingly average guy gets himself entangled into a deep conspiracy while attempting to maintain his sanity, not sure who to trust or how to escape said conspiracy, with the life of his family in Continue Reading

The Circle: Techno-Thriller Spins its Wheels into Unintentional Comedy

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2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad) Watching The Circle is like listening to someone who believes they are extremely knowledgeable about a certain subject, but in reality are spouting arguments that are as obvious as the sun.  They think you’ve never heard their points before, and you will thus be blown away by their statements.  You listen as a courtesy, deep down just wanting to Continue Reading