Category Archive: Movie Review

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Flight and Empathy

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Here’s the one with all the spoilers! Because you love me, you’ve hopefully read my generalized, vaguely non-spoiler review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, in which I spoke lightly about the movie’s… Continue reading

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is a Force to Be Reckoned With (Spoiler-Free Edition)

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Pun intended. What I really hate is when critics that positively review a space sci-fi story call it “stellar”. Isn’t that just terrible? The funny thing about this review was that I wrote… Continue reading

“American Ultra” Review

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American Ultra is a hyperviolent and marijuana infused action film written by the stoner (assumed) nerd who brought us Chronicle and directed by the dude who did Project X. You know, that terrible, soulless party… Continue reading

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron”: A Delightfully Familiar Novelty

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“Ultron” is the kind of movie that needs no introduction. Even if you’re a lazy MCU fan like myself and skipped “Thor: The Dark World,” you know what’s going on here, and you… Continue reading

Furious Seven Review

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There are a lot of things I thought a Fast and Furious film could achieve. Making an audience weep was not one of them. As if to prove me wrong, James Wan delivered… Continue reading

“The Maze Runner” Astounds with a Predictably Indecipherably Labyrinthian and Nebulously Insufferable Plot

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Don’t ask me what The Maze Runner was about because I have absolutely no idea. It’s got a story about as cryptic as its titular labyrinth. Sure, I sat through two hours of forced dialogue and… Continue reading

Growing Up With Richard Linklater’s Inspiring “Boyhood”

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Marketed as a film “12 years in the making”, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follows the character of Mason Evans, Jr. from the ages of six to 18. His parents are divorced, and his mother… Continue reading

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Podcast Discussion

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Corey and Liam carved out some time to riff on some thoughts relating to the absolutely stellar Marvel film “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Take a listen here!

“Guardians of the Galaxy” Review

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Think of your favorite Marvel film. Now think of your favorite moment in that film. I have good money betting it’s a character beat, not an action set piece. Mine? I can’t tell… Continue reading

Movie Review: “Snowpiercer” Shocks and Awes

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I grow restless with my media. It’s a thing that I do. As a teenager I would devour my books, video games, and movies with reckless abandon — especially my RPG’s and JRPG’s.… Continue reading

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review

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How to Train Your Dragon was released in 2010 and it blew me away so much that it easily topped my favorites list of the year. Inception was released in 2010. This is a… Continue reading

“Edge of Tomorrow” Review

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It is easy to deride the state of the modern blockbuster. Sometimes it feels like we have been overwhelmed by Transformers, Marvel and their clones, remakes, reboots, reimaginings, adaptations, and recreations. Each of… Continue reading

Best of Netflix: “Mud” (2012)

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Some of the best films out there are the ones you just can’t watch casually. They are almost a task to watch because of their gravity, and when you reach the end, they weigh heavily… Continue reading

Critics Be Damned: In Defense of “The Fault in Our Stars”

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Note: This article contains spoilers for the film The Fault in Our Stars, so read only if you don’t mind and/or have already seen it. One of the annoying things about writing movie… Continue reading

“The Fault in Our Stars” Movie Review

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Somewhere along the winding road of my early twenties, I found a YouTube channel called vlogbrothers. It’s description: “Raising nerdy to the power of awesome.” Using vlogbrothers, two exceptionally nerdy brothers, Hank and John, post nerdy selfie… Continue reading

“August: Osage County” Movie Review

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For some reason the only time I even heard of August: Osage County was when awards season was upon us. Maybe I don’t watch enough TV and missed the trailers. Maybe it’s just… Continue reading

Snippets Podcast: Corey and Liam Tackle “Godzilla”

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Corey and Liam carved out some time recently to chat over all the best aspects of the smashing box office success by Gareth Edwards: Godzilla. If you’d like to, take a look at… Continue reading

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” Movie Review

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A Million Ways to Die in the West is Seth MacFarlane‘s next step in feature-length films after the moderate success of Ted. MacFarlane is most widely known for his work as the principle… Continue reading

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” Revitalizes the Franchise with the Best Installment Yet

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Director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox have attempted to reconcile six film’s worth of X-Men material into one ambitious story that combines all the best elements — and all of the cast —… Continue reading

“Godzilla” Reigns with Artistic Restraint Over Indulgence

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I was utterly bewildered during my background research for this movie when I found that everybody pretty much unequivocally hated that 1998 lizard-esque Godzilla vs. New York City movie. I was 9 years… Continue reading

Great Chemistry Can’t Save the Day in Poorly Scripted “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2, much like its predecessor, is a colorful comic book movie that stands apart from the recent slew of common hyper-realist superhero films, but not necessarily in a good way.… Continue reading

“12 Years a Slave” Review

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A black slave is called to the master’s house just before sunset. It has been a long day’s work. The slave, Platt, engineered a new means to transport logs via the swampy river… Continue reading

“Muppets Most…” Disappointing

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There was a time I never thought I’d utter “Muppet” and “disappointment” in the same sentence. I’m remiss to say that day has finally come. Since last Saturday, I’ve been mired in a… Continue reading

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Podcast Roundtable Discussion

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Tim Combatti, Liam McCartney, and Corey Plante had a roundtable discussion on the latest movie installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Listen to their recorded podcast below! **SPOILER WARNING**… Continue reading

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Review

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What do you do when everything you know, everything you believe in, starts to crumble? That’s what Captain America: The Winter Soldier addresses. It blurs the lines drawn by good and evil to a… Continue reading