Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – A New Age of VFX

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is the first live action film based on the multi-billion dollar franchise and doesn’t disappoint with stunning visuals, impeccable VFX and a charismatic performance by Ryan Reynolds. Directed by Rob Letterman, written by Nicole Perlman, distributed by Warner Bros. and starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is the first…

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Avengers: Endgame – Taking Superhero Films to Their Highest Level

Avengers: Endgame culminates the MCU with a swan song that celebrates its rich history and provides a heartfelt conclusion 22 films in the making. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and featuring an all star cast of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie…

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Justice League vs The Fatal Five – Review

Justice League vs The Fatal Five brings audiences back to Bruce Timm’s DC Animated Universe with a classic animation style, nostalgic instrumentals and a story that felt more or less like an episode of the series. Directed by Sam Liu and produced by Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, Justice League vs The Fatal Five is…

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Shazam! – A Refreshingly Earnest Superhero Tale

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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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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The Humanity of Alita: Battle Angel

My first introduction to Alita: Battle Angel wasn’t the manga or the OVA (original video adaptation) released during its run, but the trailer for the live-action adaptation coming from Hollywood. The internet did what it does best after it dropped, creating memes and online discourse because of the unusually big eyes of the protagonist, and…

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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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