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Rage and Empathy in <i>I, Daniel Blake</i>

Rage and Empathy in I, Daniel Blake


Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), the titular character of Ken Loach’s new film on working class Britons, is the salt of the earth. A 59-year old widower, Dan lives in a blue-collar Newcastle housing complex, trades good-natured barbs with his young neighbor, China (Kema Sikazwe), and supports himself with a career in carpentry. Well, he did…

Better Off Dead: Don’t Bother Exhuming <i>The Mummy</i>

Better Off Dead: Don’t Bother Exhuming The Mummy


Casting Tom Cruise in what is supposed to be a cinematic universe starter may not be the best idea. At this point in his career, almost anything Cruise stars in must cater to his strengths: namely, running away from things. Indeed, The Mummy feels an awful lot like a film that cannot decide what it…

<i>Maudie</i> Praises Love Amidst Differences

Maudie Praises Love Amidst Differences


Maudie begins with a close up between a painting and an artist. A small woman paints flowers and smiles in delight at her talent as a title card introduces her as “Maudie.” Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins,) born in 1903, was a Canadian folk artist crippled from an early age by arthritis. Despite her affliction, Lewis…

<i>Paris Can Wait</i> Marries Insight And Indulgence

Paris Can Wait Marries Insight And Indulgence


Paris Can Wait begins with a jazzy number. Anne (Diane Lane) leans reflectively against her hotel balcony while staring out at the sparkling French coast. She muses at her croissant breakfast and snaps a few photos that are simple yet striking—a paradox that defines the film. Her workaholic husband (Alec Baldwin) yaps on the phone….

<i>Alien: Covenant</i>: A Welcome Comeback of the Xenomorph

Alien: Covenant: A Welcome Comeback of the Xenomorph


In the age of prequels and sequels, it is hard to find quality films that can be part of a whole while also working well as standalone products. Alien: Covenant, the sixth installment of Ridley Scott’s revered Alien franchise, is one such film. As both a sequel to Prometheus and a prequel to 1979’s Alien,…

<i>King Arthur</i> Decrees a Manic, Hugely Enjoyable Experience

King Arthur Decrees a Manic, Hugely Enjoyable Experience


A 100-foot tall elephant sweeps its tusk across the ground, destroying the unfortunate souls in its way. It crashes through a bridge, allowing the soldiers on its back to disembark and battle with their enemies. The beast is evidently under the control of the evil “mage” Mordred, who is determined to destroy Camelot, for reasons…

<i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</i>: Beyond Shimmering Skies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Beyond Shimmering Skies


To enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, one must love three things: superhero action films, Chris Pratt with imposing, curled sideburns, and a certain tiny, adorable baby tree. The first line of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sets the tone for the entirety of the film with the promise of fun: “Showtime, a-holes.”…

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