Articles tagged: Movies


Franchise: Impossible: the longevity of Cruise’s spy-action films

At 53, despite a torrid personal life and a questionable belief system, Tom Cruise has once again proven that he is one of the best leading men in Hollywood. Mission... Read more


What Happened to Creativity? Taking Aim at Movie Remakes

Insomnia, The Departed, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: most of us know these works, but not that they were all great foreign films before being remade in the U.S.... Read more

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Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint  Movie Sizzles

You may know Nicki Minaj for her edgy verses and “own it” attitude, but the iconic rapper may just be blossoming from talented musician into a full-fledged movie star. On... Read more


Why Interstellar  Should Have Been Nominated For Best Picture

For many Christopher Nolan fans (or, as they prefer, “Nolanites”), the man can do no wrong. After all, Nolan is an oddity in contemporary Hollywood; he eschews using any forms... Read more


Best of 2014: The Voice‘s top 10 movies and albums

Movies 1. Boyhood Richard Linklater’s 11-year epic Boyhood is nothing short of a landmark film. Boyhood follows the life of Mason Evans, Jr. (Ellar Coltrane), from his early elementary school days... Read more

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Black Coal, Thin Ice Perplexes and Excites

Something unusual happened last February at the Berlin International Film Festival. Many films were vying for the festival’s top prize, including Richard Linklater’s 12-year coming of age story Boyhood and... Read more

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One Comparison to Rule them All

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is considered one of the greatest cinematic feats in Hollywood’s history. Jackson somehow took one sprawling, epic and practically unfilmable story and transformed... Read more

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Big Hero 6 is a humongous success

In the midst of Marvel and DC duking it out over control of the superhero film, Disney has landed a serious blow to the genre with Big Hero 6. The... Read more

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Also Like Life Highlights Lauded Taiwanese Filmmaker

This past Sunday marked the beginning of the DC run of Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien, a retrospective on the work of the internationally admired Taiwanese filmmaker.... Read more

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The Rise of the Shared Universe

The world of the blockbuster was turned upside-down this past week. First came the announcement that Robert Downey, Jr. would be joining Chris Evans in Captain America 3 to kick... Read more

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Is TV Better than Movies?

It’s a great time to be an avid fan of television. We live in a golden age of TV, where you can throw a stone and hit at least three... Read more

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After 20 years, Shawshank Still Holds Up

Every moviegoer is different—influenced by personal, cultural, and preferential biases—making it quite difficult for any one film to gain the approval of all who watch it. In fact, it seems... Read more

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Gone Girl is Mostly Successful

You might know David Fincher, director of such films as Seven, Fight Club, and The Social Network. You probably also know Gone Girl, the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn that... Read more

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The Empire Strikes Out: Star Wars loses Expanded Universe

What ever happened to artistry? It’s a legitimate societal concern given the omnipresence of 140-character Twitter screeds and Buzzfeed articles that pare life down to short, consumable, forgettable numbered lists.... Read more

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Whiplash is a Traumatic Reward

There’s a certain set of neuroses associated with playing music that will resonate with anyone who’s ever picked up an instrument: that during practice you’ll out yourself as incompetent to... Read more

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A Case for the Classics: 12 Angry Men

Courtroom dramas, in film and elsewhere, are generally concerned with lawyers. This makes sense–after all, lawyers are the main actors in the courts, presenting arguments and making cases, locked in... Read more

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Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby  Overcomes Limitations

One thing that needs to be understood about The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is that it was originally conceived and screened as two films: Him and Her. These films, which... Read more

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Dispatch from the DC Chinese Film Festival

he DC Chinese Film Festival, founded in 2011, finished its 2014 run last Sunday. Dedicated to making Chinese-language cinema more visible in the US, the festival ran for four days,... Read more

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A Case for the Classics:Seven Samurai

A small village, barely surviving on its meager rice and barley fields, is beset by bandits. Given a promise of another raid after the harvest season, the villagers desperately plan... Read more

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The Cinematic Gems of the Summer

It’s difficult to describe this year in terms of film, because for the most part, the first half ’s been relatively lackluster, with only a few “hits” worth mentioning, such... Read more