The Purge series is as timely as ever yet it still struggles to get its political messages across
All of the Purge movies start with a great concept. America has hit rock bottom and a new political party, by the name of the New Founding Fathers of America or NFFA, has promised to fix all of the nation’s problem with one simple night. However, the series has continue to struggle in how to portray such political allegory. The First Purge struggles even though it so perfectly understands Trump’s America.
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Ari Aster has created a horror movie that will stay with you long after its credits
From the time it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, critics have been raving about A24’s new artsy and challenging Hereditary. Horror films in the vein of The Witch and It Comes At Night are precisely the breath of fresh air critics seem to want. For the general audience, these types of horror films have been widely rejected. Only movies like The Conjuring or Get Out have managed to capture both the mainstream audience and critics alike. As for Hereditary, it is yet another horror film that will only further divide audience and critics.
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A cast of A-listers elevate a messy female-centric summer heist film
In a time where it seems women are (still) given the short end of the stick, is there room for an all female remake of an all male trilogy? If we’ve learned anything from Ghostbusters (and recently, Star Wars), it is that sexism is still alive and well. So, what better than to give a big middle finger and create a pseudo-sequel of the Ocean trilogy with a cast of A-list female talent at the helm. Ocean’s Eight is a fast-paced heist extravaganza walking a fine line between stylized realism and fantasy escapism.
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After 10 years, Marvel delivers their biggest and boldest movie yet
It’s been 10 years since Marvel released their first movie as part of their ground-breaking cinematic universe. Since then, we’ve seen films for Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and even Antman. We’ve been on a roller coaster ride of emotions with our favorite superheroes. Infinity War is the grand season finale to the TV show-movie hybrid called the MCU. Whether you’re okay with this concept will ultimately determine your enjoyment of Marvel’s biggest, boldest, and most ambitious movie yet.
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Midnighters isn’t always consistent, but it’s undeniably fun
When approaching a self-proclaimed Hitchcockian thriller, I proceed with caution. When you make me expect a Hitchcock-level thriller, you better deliver and many times they often disappoint. It’s a bold move to take for your directorial debut, and while Julius Ramsay’s Midnighters is far from the Hitchcockian masterpiece I was hoping for, it’s still a fun and easily accessible little thriller filled with surprises.
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With plenty of questions on its mind, Annihilation offers a mind-bending trip into The Shimmer
After catching my attention with Ex Machina, Alex Garland’s follow up was much anticipated. His stylistic and philosophically eerie sci-fi film was one of the year’s best. However, 2016’s Arrival had eclipse Garland’s status as one of the best sci-fi directors working today. With Annihilation, everything that was great with Ex Machina is back, and Garland has created another sci-fi masterpiece.
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From Get Out to Logan, here are my top 10 movies of 2017
I have no idea if it’s the rising political tension in America or the controversies in Hollywood but 2017 has been a fantastic year for film. This year, we’ve seen a nice mixture of indie movies and big-budget extravaganzas. And not one over-shadowed the other. Previous years, there had been an over-emphasis on mainstream blockbusters such as superhero movies and audiences didn’t have a chance to see the smaller films. Not this year. Films like It Comes At Night, or Lady Bird would have never been released in my neck of the woods, and I’m glad they did.
A common theme in my list includes directorial debuts. From Jordan Peele to Greta Gerwig to Taylor Sheridan, these first-time directors are ones to watch for in the future. And as we continue our fight for diversity, movies have been quite diverse this year. The sleeper hit, Get Out, proved that film about race can be mega hits while female directors are starting to push through. With the push from the current American president and movements such as the #MeToo movement, 2017 has created some of the best movies of the century. Here are just 10 of my favorites.
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