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A Quiet Place Review

A Quiet Place

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In many horror films, sound is a major part of the scares. From creepy music pervading a suspenseful sequence to pulse-pounding sound accommodating a surprise, many of the movies in the genre rely on the film’s spooky sound. A Quiet Place does the opposite. Instead of relying...

Chappaquiddick Review


Release Date: April 6th, 2018

“President Kennedy cast a long shadow and still does. It’s what I walk in every day.” These sentiments, espoused by Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) in the new drama Chappaquiddick, help set the stage for what is to follow. The film recalls the tragic events that...

Ready Player One Review

Ready Player One

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Ready Player One is built for the nostalgia lover in all of us. Actually, it’s built for those who love nostalgic references to the ’80s and the ’90s. If you qualify, this movie is so packed with references to some of the biggest cultural hits of the past few...

Pacific Rim Uprising

Pacific Rim Uprising

Release Date: March 23rd, 2018

Pacific Rim arrived in theaters five years ago. Although I wasn’t a fan of the feature (you can check out my review here), I admired the unique visuals that director Guillermo del Toro brought to the story. The film’s sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising offers some of the same...

Thor Ragnarok Review

Thor Ragnarok

Release Date: November 3rd, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok showcases a new look for the heroic title character and I’m not talking about the short haircut the hammer-wielding Avenger sports in the sequel. The fresh look reveals Thor to be a humorous and a self-aware character, whose charm comes across seamlessly...

Only the Brave Review

Only the Brave

Release Date: October 20th, 2017

There’s an early sequence in the drama Only The Brave that sets the stage for the film. Local fire chief Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin) leads his crew — and potential members of his crew — to the top of a mountain and looks at the surrounding woods. It’s a beautiful sight to...

American Made Review

American Made

Release Date: September 29th, 2017

In the past several years, films like Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and War Dogs (2016) have shown how greed can take hold of a person and never let go. The former focused on a wall street broker while the latter focused on two young men who became international weapons dealer....