Shazam! – Review

Wholesome, genuinely funny, and beaming with heart, Shazam! is one of the most enjoyably well-balanced comic book films we’ve seen. Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! feels very much like a “Sandberg film.” While no, it is not a psychological horror thriller, the key word is consistency. From beginning to end, Shazam! feels consistent in…

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Us – Film Review

Jordan Peele has been referred to as the next so many things. The next Steven Spielberg, the next Stanley Kubrick, the next (and better, some would argue) M. Night Shyamalan. But for me, he’s just the first Jordan Peele–the first example of a powerful, talented Black man with a platform, using everything in his wheelhouse…

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The Brilliance of Black Panther – One Year Later

Directed by Ryan Coogler, 2018’s Black Panther became an immediate cultural icon. Met with a strong critical reception and earning over 1.3 billion at the box office, Black Panther became a household name for audiences. A gem for both comic book fans and general audiences alike, the film was praised for its strong writing, powerful…

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Forgotten Greats of 2018: You Were Never Really Here and Leave No Trace

At first glance, You Were Never Really Here and Leave No Trace are two completely different films. A violent psychological thriller versus a quiet drama, two opposing genres that both end up being character studies on the featured protagonists. In You Were Never Really Here, Joaquin Phoenix plays a suicidal hitman who recuses young girls…

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Alita: Battle Angel – Review

Alita: Battle Angel is a solid sci-fi manga adaptation that respects the source material while delivering on a streamlined action-packed experience. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz and Mahershala Ali, Alita: Battle Angel is tells the story of Alita, a cyborg with not memories of her biological past and greater destiny.…

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Perfect Blue: The Power of Perception

Film theorist Vivian Sobchack hypothesized the idea of cinema being a “sensuous object” that is dependent on the relationship between the viewer and the film. Film is an artistic, visual medium that often challenges the viewer’s attention, memory, emotions, and perception. How we view films is filtered by our own perceptions and the intended perceptions of the…

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Reign of the Supermen – Review

Reign of the Supermen continues DC Animation’s streak of solid entries as it delivers on an action packed film that will satisfy fans of the iconic story. Reign of the Supermen is a direct continuation of 2018’s The Death of Superman. Following the two part model DC Animation used with Jay Oliva’s The Dark Knight Returns, Reign of the Supermen is a solid retelling of the classic…

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Glass – Review

A uniquely structured film for the genre, Shyamalan’s Glass deconstructs society’s infatuation with superheroes and delivers with a thrilling conclusion to a trilogy that began 19 years ago. M. Night Shyamalan returns to round out one of the most unique trilogies we’ve ever seen. A saga that started in the year 2000 with Unbreakable, with a…

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Mary Poppins Returns – Review

Mary Poppins Returns is a strong revival of the character and her world. While it doesn’t quite capture the magic of the 1954 original, it satisfyingly delivers on a heartwarming and nostalgic experience for fans new and old. 1964’s Mary Poppins was an instant classic for Disney. Unforgettable musical numbers, strong acting and an unmistakable charm guided…

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Spider-Verse & Aquaman: A Celebration of the Biracial Superhero

2018 has been a wonderful year for comic book films. Black Panther broke boundaries and shattered expectations as it brought an authentic experience to audiences around the world. Avengers: Infinity War culminated ten years of Marvel storylines in a film equivalent of a comic book event. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse brought animated films to a…

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Aquaman – REVIEW

Bold, ambitious, visually stunning, and wonderfully unique, James Wan’s Aquaman is one of the best comic book films of the year. Aquaman starts off with a strong foundation of people on both sides of the camera. Led by director James Wan, writers David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beal, producers Geoff Johns and Zack Snyder, and an…

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