Crazy Rich Asians: Romantic Dramedy Promotes Positive Representation, Despite Flaws

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3.5 out of 5 stars (Above Average) Crazy Rich Asians is a pretty big deal.  Not only is it a mainstream film promoting positive representation of Asian culture, but it is also a funny, sweet, and sometimes thought-provoking look at the bonds of family.  Anyone expecting this to be a turn-your-brain-off yuk fest will surely be disappointed, but for people who go in with an open mind, Crazy Rich Asians should Continue Reading

“Echo” is Entertaining Entertaining Entertaining

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3 out of 5 stars (average) In 1999, the world was introduced to “The Blair Witch Project”, a movie about a group of film study students who recorded everything they saw with a hand-held camera. The film received critical acclaim for its original approach to filming and ability to scare by not showing the audience the monster, but creating a high amount of suspense.  Many years passed, and the “Paranormal Continue Reading

These “Stars” Have Very Bright Futures

5 out of 5 stars (one of the best films I've ever seen, period) I am not a fan of “romantic movies.” This is because Hollywood screenwriters usually go through the motions, having the couple meet up in some quirky way, then having them form a hastily-assembled relationship so they can have sex and earn that oh-so-coveted PG-13 to sell tickets instead of crafting a real relationship with their Continue Reading

“Maleficent” is Not Magnificent, But Worth Seeing

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2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) Disney has been around for a long time, bringing us animated classics like Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, and Tarzan.  Of course, those films were in the 1990s, the “Disney Renaissance,” a time when Disney could do no wrong.  Disney’s newest trick has been to re-tell its classic animated films with a darker touch, as well as in live action, since live action appeals to a larger Continue Reading

“Seven Pounds”: Smith’s Drama is Decent, but Confusing

2.5 out of 5 stars (decent) First of all, this is one of Will Smith’s dramas, not comedies. Second, it’s more aimed at adults then kids.  Third, Will Smith is the only person that could have been picked for this role. In Seven Pounds, Smith portrays Ben Thomas, a somewhat sympathetic IRS agent with anger issues. Ben can change the lives of seven people who Continue Reading