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Warner Bros

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Lacks Substance, Disappoints Fans

★★☆☆☆ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” originally excited “Harry Potter” fans with its promise to bring audiences back to their favorite fictional place: Hogwarts. Yet, viewers anticipating an exhilarating return to the magical world of the famed school will be disappointed by the second installation of J.K. Rowling’s spin-off[Read More…]

by December 7, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Period Piece ‘The Favourite’ Offers a New Perspective

Period Piece ‘The Favourite’ Offers a New Perspective

If you are looking for the stale pomp and majesty that films like “Elizabeth” and “The Young Victoria” bring to the historic British monarchy, you will leave “The Favourite” severely disappointed. Instead, director Yorgos Lanthimos delivers a historical romp that blows up the patriarchy and monarchical grandeur in equal parts,[Read More…]

by December 6, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide
‘Becoming Astrid’ Reveals Iconic Writer’s Hidden Struggle

‘Becoming Astrid’ Reveals Iconic Writer’s Hidden Struggle

★★★★☆ Presented by Nordisk Film Production and Avanti Film, “Becoming Astrid” acquaints audiences with the personal history of beloved author Astrid Lindgren and provides a window into the life that inspired many of her stories. With a thoughtful performance by Alba August in the titular role and evocative cinematography punctuated[Read More…]

by December 6, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, The Guide
Acacia Filmed Entertainment

‘A Private War’ Honors Inspirational Journalist

★★★★★ Following the story of war correspondent Marie Colvin, “A Private War” masterfully pushes viewers to not only consider the cost of war but also its harrowing effect on individuals. As Marie Colvin and British photographer and filmmaker Paul Conroy, Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan deliver heart-wrenching performances, rising to[Read More…]

by November 29, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
IMDb

‘JUMP’ Deftly Addresses Mental Health Stigma

★★★★☆ This article discusses depression and suicide. Please refer to the end of the article for resources on campus. “JUMP” is a poignant exploration of the darkness surrounding grief and depression. The short film follows Ziggy — played by Kofi Siriboe, who also wrote, produced and directed the film —[Read More…]

by October 25, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
Focus Features

Stilted Dialogue and Dull Colors Spoil ‘Boy Erased’

★★☆☆☆ “Boy Erased” is a dull examination of tragic circumstances: The talented cast can only do so much to breathe energy into an otherwise lifeless film. Based on the memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley, the film follows Jared, played by Lucas Hedges, the 19-year-old son of a[Read More…]

by October 25, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
Unified Pictures

Vivid Authenticity in ‘What They Had’ Enthralls Audiences

★★★★★ “Any later and I’d have forgotten him. Any earlier and I’d have missed him too much,” whispers Ruth, played by Blythe Danner, to daughter Bridget Ertz in a heartfelt moment that embodies the thoughtful, honest nature of director Elizabeth Chomko’s film. “What They Had” tells a gripping story about[Read More…]

by October 23, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Blumhouse Productions

Devoid of Ingenuity, ‘Halloween’ Disappoints

★★☆☆☆ Following a rewarding career as a producer and director for “Joe” and “Prince Avalanche,” David Gordon Green returns to Hollywood with “Halloween,” the latest in the “Halloween” movie series that kicked off in 1978, depicting the murder spree of a serial killer on Halloween night. The latest installment deals[Read More…]

by October 22, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
Amazon Studios

Depiction of Addiction in ‘Beautiful Boy’ Haunts Viewers

Despite an occasional lack of coherent explanations regarding the characters’ relationships, “Beautiful Boy,” released Oct. 12, captivates viewers with its score, cinematography and unflinching account of drug addiction. Following up on his successful career as a Belgian director and screenwriter, Felix Van Groeningen makes his debut in the English-speaking film[Read More…]

by October 18, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
‘Smallfoot’ Brings Big Heart to the Silver Screen

‘Smallfoot’ Brings Big Heart to the Silver Screen

★★★★☆ Warner Bros. Pictures’ latest family-friendly animated film, “Smallfoot,” opening this Friday, reaches beyond the tropes of traditional children’s movies with its diverse range of music and unique moral lesson. Director Karey Kirkpatrick leads an all-star cast, including basketball star LeBron James and actress Zendaya, in this film adaptation of[Read More…]

by September 26, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide