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Shazam!
Contemporary Review

Shazam!

By Clement Obropta Shazam! (2019) starts in the ’70s with Merlin-esque wizards, mystical Magic 8 Balls, rich kids in limousines and gargoyle incarnations of the seven deadly sins. It only grows more incomprehensible from there. Once it gets to present-day Pennsylvania, Shazam! follows Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a troublesome foster kid abducted by a wizard … Continue reading

Wanda
Throwback Review

Wanda

By Jake Triola There’s a man and a woman, and they commit a crime, and they run off, and they’re chased, and it’s exciting, and it’s fun, and it’s a race, and it drifts, and it’s cool, and it’s miserable, and it’s dangerous, and it’s classic. Who’s heard this? Fritz Lang, Luchino Visconti, Joseph H. … Continue reading

Clean, Shaven
Throwback Review

Clean, Shaven

By Jackson Diianni Forget horror movies. Clean, Shaven (1993) is the scariest movie you’ll ever see. This is the debut film of Lodge Kerrigan, who directed and produced it. The plot follows two characters; a schizophrenic and a policeman. The policeman is tasked with tracking the schizophrenic, who has escaped from a mental institution and … Continue reading

Cold War
Review

Cold War

By Jake Triola Not much more can be said about the “aching lushness” of Paweł Pawlikowski’s latest film. I won’t make comparisons to Casablanca (1942). They’re valid, but clearly not the essence of what the filmmaker is going for. But who can really know the intentions of any artist, and why does it matter once … Continue reading

The Wrestler
Throwback Review

The Wrestler

By Jackson Diianni The Wrestler (2008) immerses us in the life of Randy “the Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke), an aging ex-professional wrestler who has fallen on hard times. Randy seems to have lost the ability to regulate what is healthy for him and he struggles to maintain a meaningful relationship with anyone in his life. … Continue reading

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
Throwback Review

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