Elisabeth Moss is chilling and manipulative in psychological spellbinder ‘Shirley’

Biopics about literary authors aren’t known for inspiring the most creative of filmmaking. Telling the life of a literary great; the struggles, tragic love stories, and  success and failures doesn’t create three-dimensional storytelling. Director Josephine Decker’s take on horror author Shirley Jackson is something completely different for the genre.

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Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae’s chemistry carries light rom-com ‘The Lovebirds’

With movie theaters currently closed, production has halted on current films and those scheduled for theatrical release were pushed to future dates as far as next year or were looking to video on demand and streaming to push out these movies. The Lovebirds, originally scheduled for a wide theatrical release had its rights sold to Netflix to release the film digitally. Considering the two leads, I was excited to see this movie in theaters, but I think the comfort of watching it from my couch made it better.

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‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ cashes in with redesigns to make a solid video game film

We’ve all seen a variety of video game adapted movies. From Super Mario Bros to Tomb Raider, each one has had its positives and negatives; mainly landing on the bad side of critics. After backlash from fans with the first trailer, Sonic The Hedgehog seems to break that streak with exciting special effects, humor, and straightforward storytelling.

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are still comedic gut-busters in ‘Bad Boys For Life’

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

Michael Bay released his first feature-length film, Bad Boys, in 1994, bringing Martin Lawrence and Will Smith together for buddy-cop comedic gold. The trio returned again in 2003 for the unfavorable but hilarious Bad Boys II. Twenty-five years later, we find the pair back together again for the third installment… and it feels like they never left.

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Engaging and visceral, 1917 proves that War is Hell

If I had time to see this movie before the end of 2019, my top movie list would look quite different. Most war films are a highlight reel; full of blood, glory, and noble sacrifice for the greater good. There’s even a love story or two involved to help ground the audience (not that we don’t already have enough doing that). 1917 isn’t a new tale being told by director Sam Mendes – an impossible-mission drama, like Dunkirk and Saving Private Ryan before it – but it was how the story is told that made all the difference.

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‘The Rise of Skywalker’ is messy but a satisfying conclusion to the Central Saga

9 movies. 42 years.

The Star Wars saga (affectionately known as The Skywalker Saga) was delighted audiences for generations. After the fan base dividing Last Jedi, the final chapter was approached with reservations by fans and critics. Despite this, the enduring story of the Skywalker Saga didn’t disappoint me once I sat down to board the Millennium Falcon for one last adventure.

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Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson break your heart in tender but devastating ‘Marriage Story’

Netflix changed the game of television programming with its original programming with shows like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Last year, Netflix changed the game again, this time with original films, with the Oscar-nominated, slice of life film Roma. Those who thought the Alfonso Cuaron film was a one-off film for Netflix entering the awards game, you were wrong as Marriage Story aims to devastate your heart.

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Satirical brilliance hops along in hilarious ‘Jojo Rabbit’

I think we can all agree that Nazis are bad, right? In this world where ignorance still lives in the dark corners of today’s world, we all seek moments of positivity to shine through. Light, laughter, and love helps us get through those times when hate enters the scene. The genre of Holocaust and World War II humor has been largely, and thankfully, sparse.

Taika Waititi takes a huge swing with Jojo Rabbit – a bold piece of Third Reich playfulness that shouldn’t have worked as well as it did; especially since it’s about a boy whose imaginary friend is Hitler. I’m here to say that the swing paid off.

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