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ANNAPURNA PICTURES | Kaitlyn Denver and Beanie Feldstein make new memories and cause hilarious trouble during their final wild night of high school.

Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever Examine High School Friendship in ‘Booksmart’

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, “Booksmart,” has received widespread critical acclaim ahead of its May 24 wide release, earning a 98% positive reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, a film and television review score aggregator. The film follows two high-achieving and ambitious students, Amy and Molly (Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein)[Read More…]

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Summer Films Adapt Old Classics, Offer Entertaining Sequels

‘Rocketman’ – May 31 English director Dexter Fletcher, who worked as the second director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” focuses his next biopic on the captivating life of musician Elton John. As the film navigates John’s remarkable talent and professional success, it also takes a more somber look at the realities of his[Read More…]

AG STUDIOS | Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen make a solid team, Theron's character shares a look at the challenges women face not only in their private relationships, but also their public careers.

‘Long Shot’ Pairs Unexpected Duo With Mixed Success

★★★☆☆ Seth Rogen’s latest venture into political humor, “Long Shot,” is the lighthearted rom-com that has just enough charm, humor and heart to pass a couple of hours. While the movie is dominated by Rogen’s on-brand and unsurprisingly crude hijinks, the on-screen romance between him and co-star Charlize Theron slowly[Read More…]

by May 4, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
AUTOMATIK | Moved by Elle Fanning’s powerful performance, ‘Teen Spirit’ serves as a solid directorial debut for actor Max Minghella. Fanning’s natural and poignant singing voice brings reality to her role and contextualizes the teenage angst, with the film aiming to bring the traditional coming-of-age story to the modern era.

‘Teen Spirit’ Treads Familiar Ground, Packs Musical Punch

★★★☆☆ “Teen Spirit” tells a familiar story: A teenage hopeful from a small town gets a chance to go big and runs with it. With a melancholy pop soundtrack, undercurrents of discontent and a rise to fame, “Teen Spirit” is the newest Cinderella story.  The film is the directorial debut[Read More…]

TRADEMARK FILMS | Joan Stanley, played by Judi Dench, offers a humanizing look at wartime espionage and complicates the usual portrayal of Russian spies.

‘Red Joan’ Loses Momentum in Wartime Drama

★★★☆☆ English theater director Trevor Nunn transitions from his usual work on the stage to directing the British political drama “Red Joan.” The basis of this historical tale of intrigue is Jennie Rooney’s 2013 novel by the same name. It chronicles the true story of Melita Norwood, a former KGB[Read More…]

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES | Keira Knightley, a British actress with successful work in both British and American industries, plays Rachel Morgan in "The Aftermath." After World War II, Rachel and her husband Lewis relocate to Hamburg and grapple with tensions with the German former house owner.

Despite Potential, ‘The Aftermath’ Uninspires in Postwar Romance

★★★☆☆ “The Aftermath,” based on Rhidian Brook’s 2011 novel, attempts to create a dramatic love story against the backdrop of post-war Germany. Despite star Keira Knightley’s moving performance as a woman finding solace from her marriage through a whirlwind affair, “The Aftermath” feels like a lackluster addition to the wartime[Read More…]

WARNER BROS | Shedding the usual self-importance that has dominated the superhero genre, "Shazam" takes itself lightly, allowing for hilarity to ensue.

‘Shazam’ Puts Light-Hearted Twist on the Superhero Genre

With the success of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, superhero films in the DC cinematic universe have become dark, entangled and conflicted. This tone has been effective in some iterations. However, recent box office and critical blunders like the first “Justice League” movie have left the franchise’s directors and producers desperate[Read More…]

by April 8, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
BELGA PRODUCTIONS | Despite standout performances by Jessie Eisenberg and Alex Skarsgard, "The Hummingbird Project" gets caught up in technical details that hurt the plot.

‘The Hummingbird Project’ Loses Focus, Manages to Entertain

In a world of high-stakes trading, where Wall Street looms large in the thoughts and ambitions of most individuals and high-speed transactions let people make millions instantly, greed, ambition and madness rule. A fraction of a second can mean huge earnings or losses, and different players will go to crazy[Read More…]

by April 2, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
WALT DISNEY PICTURES | Disney's "Dumbo," brought back to theaters with Tim Burton's distinct artistic eye, is an uplifting family film that will visually stun.

Burton’s ‘Dumbo’ Moves Audiences, Visually Stuns

★★★★☆ Renowned director and producer Tim Burton returned to the cinemas March 29 after a three-year absence with “Dumbo,” a remake of the 1941 animated Disney film. The plot captures a beautiful parallel of familial love between Dumbo and his mother and that of Holt Farrier, played by Colin Farrell,[Read More…]

by March 31, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
IMDB | In "The Highwaymen," director John Lee Hancock, above, decides to present a new take on the infamous Bonnie and Clyde tale by following the perspectives of the men who caught them.

Director, Screenwriter Talk Process, Gender Roles, Morality in ‘The Highwaymen’

The Hoya sat down with director John Lee Hancock and screenwriter John Fusco to discuss the pair’s motivations and approach to crafting “The Highwaymen.” The film is a captivating tale following former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer, played by Kevin Costner, and Maney Gault, played by Woody Harrelson, on their hunt[Read More…]

by March 29, 2019 0 comments Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide