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Serenity
Review

Serenity

By Stephen Shea Serenity (2019) is the latest film from director Steven Knight, the director of Locke (2013) and creator of Peaky Blinders. Serenity follows Matthew McConaughey as Dill, a fisherman with a storied past hiding out in a small fishing town on an isolated island. Dill is quickly approached by his ex-wife played by Anne … Continue reading

Thief
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Thief

By Jackson Diianni Michael Mann’s Thief (1948) begins with a ten-minute scene depicting a bank heist. Frank (James Caan), a master safecracker, breaks into a vault and steals a set of priceless diamonds. He doesn’t trip any alarms, he doesn’t leave any trace. He and his cohorts disappear into the night undetected. Cut to the … Continue reading

Before Midnight
Review

Before Midnight

By Jackson Diianni Richard Linklater is a rule-breaker. I knew that going into Before Midnight (2014), so I should have kept an open mind. I was expecting it to be like its predecessors, and even though it follows the same formula (wandering, dialogue-driven romance), it deviates wildly in tone. The rule of threes would dictate … Continue reading

Creed II
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Creed II

By Tony Di Nizo Rocky is one of the most beloved and famous franchises in movie history. After retiring in 2006 with the film Rocky Balboa, Ryan Coogler brought the series back to life with 2015’s Creed. The film successfully re-energized the franchise by shifting focus to the son of Rocky’s enemy-turned-friend, Apollo Creed. Now … Continue reading

Overlord
Review

Overlord

By Joel Liss When Overlord (2018) was first announced by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company, many theorized that, like The Cellar (1989) and God Particle before, it would eventually be revealed to be an installment in the company’s flagship Cloverfield franchise. This wasn’t an unreasonable assumption. Since Matt Reeve’s surprise blockbuster in 2008, every … Continue reading