Film Reviews

A Better Battle by Andrew Collins In Captain America: Civil War (directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo) Marvel has once again found a way to have its cake and eat it too, proving that there are still comic book stories that don’t need the fate of the entire world at stake to be compelling. Just […]

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A Little Rogue by Andrew Collins Here’s an interesting question: is Rogue One a true Star Wars film, or isn’t it? Differentiated from the rest of the films in the beloved space opera saga by the descriptor, “A Star Wars story,” Rogue One breaks precedent with the rest of the Star Wars series in several […]

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Internal Life by Andrew Collins Room, the much-lauded film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, defies simple categorization. Technically we could call it a drama, but while it has the necessary plot points and relational tension, the sum of its parts melds into something more like a meditation. The effect is reminiscent of something by Terrence Malick, where the […]

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‘Would That It T’were So Simple’ by Jack Simons Hail Caesar! – A movie set in 1951 – describes 24 hours in the life of a major Hollywood studio. The film that came from the mysterious Coen brothers’ universe has returned to its source without drawing many viewers, and according to Rotten Tomatoes 55 percent […]

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Wit But No Wisdom by Andrew Collins At one level, Deadpool is wonderful mockery of all things good and right in the superhero genre. In a tidal wave of violence, obscenity, profanity, vulgarity and general raunchiness (not to mention more than a little sadism), it pushes the envelope of the genre about as far as it can […]

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Happiness-Based Ironic Title by Andrew Collins Joy, the latest Jennifer-Lawrence-and-Bradley-Cooper-powered effort by director David O. Russell, takes a long, hard look at the American dream through the experience of a woman named Joy (Lawrence) in the late 80s and early 90s. The daughter of a twice-divorced small-business owner (Robert De Niro) and inept, soap-opera obsessed mother (Virginia […]

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Man of Sequels by Andrew Collins Central to the role of film criticism, the critic Alyssa Wilkinson recently remarked, is to mourn “the missed opportunity of the badly made work.” Such a critique is in order for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The longer the film goes, the more it loses its way, but […]

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Quentin Rides Again by Andrew Collins With its hearkening to writer and director Quentin Tarantino’s legacy (the opening credits tell us this is his eighth film) The Hateful Eight may be the provocative auteur’s most contemplative film to date. Relative to its length (nearly three hours) the story is simple. Eight strangers take shelter from a blizzard […]

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EDITOR’S NOTE: To any reader who has not seen The Force Awakens, this review strives to discuss the quality and worthiness of the film in broad strokes, without giving away specific plot points or story revelations. Details mentioned apply only to the earliest set-up elements of the story. Enjoy. New Millenium, Same Falcon by Andrew […]

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Songs and Selves by Andrew Collins Author John Green has achieved two great literary accomplishments in his body of work. The first is his repeated creation of authentic child-poets – characters who are dreamers of dreams, philosophers in essence, but definitely still 21st century teenagers. Second, and wonderfully embodied in his novel Paper Towns, is […]

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