Brian McMahon

A Small Step for Man: <i>Life</i> Frightens Without Inspiring

A Small Step for Man: Life Frightens Without Inspiring


In recent years, the moviegoing masses have been blessed with a varied and compelling assortment of space movies—the expansiveness of Interstellar, the claustrophobic survivalism of Gravity, the mere presence of Matt Damon in The Martian. The adventurousness of these films is equally inspiring and entertaining, but it also raises the bar for subsequent directors who…

Fear and Self-Loathing in Oxon Hill, MD

Fear and Self-Loathing in Oxon Hill, MD


Casinos are magical places, unless you’re inside of one. Driving from Georgetown, the first glimpse of the MGM National Harbor you catch comes from I-295, a few miles out from your destination. The white “MGM” jumps out from the top of the hotel, the harbor and its Capitol Wheel shining bright to your right, the…

Best of 2016: Movies

Best of 2016: Movies

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1.) Zootopia Zootopia includes effective humor, impactful themes, and introduces a beautiful, immersive environment to boot. The film follows Judy Hopps’s move to the city of Zootopia where she attempts to prove herself against existing stereotypes. The plot is engaging, hilarious, and ultimately uplifting. Each of the characters grapple with how their identities shape their interactions…

Need Not Apply: Beatty’s <i>Rules</i> is Strange Fun

Need Not Apply: Beatty’s Rules is Strange Fun


Billionaire Howard Hughes’ eccentricity was known to be legendary, stranger than fiction even, and capturing it on screen has led to mixed but mostly entertaining results. With the arrival of Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, we have our most eccentric take on Hughes’ idiosyncrasy to date. Beatty has given us a confused but fun film,…

<i>Doctor Strange</i> Has Dimensionality

Doctor Strange Has Dimensionality


The trope of the arrogant, assholish genius is one familiar to both Benedict Cumberbatch and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both actor and movie empire have thrived because of the archetype, and now, with the arrival of Doctor Strange, they prove able to do so together. Marvel’s newest offering gives us the story of Dr. Stephen…

Case for the Classics: <i>Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory</i>

Case for the Classics: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory


Many factors combine to make Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory a unique delight: life-saving burping; an edible backyard accompanied by a timeless tune; Jack Albertson’s lovable Grandpa Joe; Roald Dahl’s absurd, whimsical imagination. But without the comic genius of Gene Wilder, who died last week at 83, Willy Wonka would have withered away, mired…

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