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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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

Both Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Aquaman are special. In an era where comic book films are in abundance and multiple offerings are put to screen each year by a multitude of film studios, gems like these standout. There has been a trend over the last few years where superhero films can be and mean more

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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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Mowgli – Review

By Contributing Writer, Haroon Shareef Directed by the exceptional Andy Serkis, Mowgli is a dark and the best adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book.’ It started out as a Warner Bros film, but the studio feared of it being a failure and hence sold the worldwide rights to Netflix. After seeing the movie on…

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Review

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is simply one of the greatest animated films of the decade. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman and produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Into The Spider-Verse is beautifully crafted, perfectly executed and brilliantly captured the magic of Spider-Man. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse didn’t ‘have’ to work. They could have easily…

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Superman: The Movie – A Masterpiece 40 Years Later

In 1978, a film made audiences believe a man could fly. 40 years later, in 2018, Superman: The Movie continues to make audiences believe. 

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Retrospective: Maze Runner Trilogy

By Contributing Writer, Haroon Shareef I remember watching the first Maze Runner on Star Movies two years ago. I never heard about this movie or the books before. I’m someone who loves and is obsessed with mazes since my childhood, and when I saw the ad on TV, I watched the film, and I loved…

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