REVIEW: “Treads water over territory previously explored” – ‘IT: Chapter 2’ (2019)

“Engaging, but lacking in thematic depth.” IT Chapter 2 finishes off the Loser Club’s story with a behemoth of a film that’s fixated on the past. Of course, this seems fitting considering that this film’s events rely on the 27 year cycle of the central shape-shifting creature. There’s definitely room to explore how time has…

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REVIEW: “Escapism at its Finest!” – ‘Blinded by the Light’ (2019)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “It’s the story of a boy who, despite every obstacle thrown at him, does not give up” Blinded by the Light follows the story of Javid (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent, and his time growing up in 1987 Luton, England. Javid struggles to cope with the intolerance of…

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Best Of 2019 So Far – Kaleigh Howland

My top picks for films and television of 2019 so far have delivered intensely honest and artistically executed stories. They demand, or suggest, that perhaps the most compelling stories center around those we haven’t heard from, or haven’t listened to. If there’s anything we can glean by paying attention to which films and series are…

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Best Of 2019 So Far – Hayley Paskevich

2019 has been quite the year for me already, filled with adventure and unforgettable experiences. It’s also been a year that’s produced an outpouring of media content when it comes to the landscape of film and television (and I’ve seen a lot of films and shows this year!). So, when it came time to take…

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Best Of 2019 So Far – Derek Sharp

2019, you good fam? It’s no secret that 2019 hasn’t consistently delivered quality cinema, at least from where I’m standing. I’m sure the festival circuit is popping, but most people don’t get to go there. This summer has been especially dry, with several big-budget blockbusters turning out to be, uh, not great.  With all that…

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He’s Not Like Us: ‘Midnight Special’s Queer Otherness

Watching Alton Meyers (Jaeden Lieberher) be introduced in Midnight Special was like being thrown back in time. We first see him cocooned in an old motel sheet; his hunched frame silhouetted by the flashlight he’s using to read the comic book balanced on his knee. At that exact moment, Alton exists, figuratively, on his own…

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REVIEW: “Genuinely Unnerving Without Taking Itself Too Seriously” – ‘Greta’ (2019)

A naïve young girl named Frances (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds a lost handbag on the subway, and against her roommates warnings takes it to the address found on a driver’s licence in the bag. The bag belongs to a lonely widow named Greta Hideg (Isabelle Huppert), and the two strike up an unlikely friendship, bonded…

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REVIEW: “The Portrait of a NY Style Icon” – ‘Iris’ (2014)

Iris Apfel is rarely seen without her signature oversized, round-frame glasses. For decades Apfel has been a flamboyant presence on the New York fashion scene and although her pace may be slow, her wit is consistently quick. Iris (2014) is Albert Maysles’ documentary centred on a character study of the intriguing Iris Apfel. Although the…

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‘Captain Marvel’ (2019): Getting Back Up Again

WARNING: This article contains very mild spoilers for Captain Marvel. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been watching Marvel films since I was a kid. The first film I can vividly remember watching was Thor with my Dad, just on the off chance it was on, and being completely suckered into this fantastical whirlwind…

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Falling In Love Through Song: The Appeal Of The Indie Musical Romance

Picture this: it’s Valentine’s Day and you’ve already made plans for a date night in with your significant other/friends/self – you get the idea. You have dinner prepared and lighting to set the mood… all that’s missing is the perfect film to watch. Well, if you happen to love music as much as you love…

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