Film & TV

‘Dial of Destiny’ Is a Satisfying Farewell for Indiana Jones

Ulises Duenas

Since the artifact, which the movie is centered on, involves time travel, I was worried that the plot would jump the shark with some weird-looking young Harrison Ford or revisiting scenes from past movies, but thankfully this doesn’t do that. That’s not to say things don’t get crazy towards the end, but it’s a lot more creative than I thought it would be and makes for a good ending to what is likely the last “Indiana Jones” movie.

‘Asteroid City’ Delivers Wit and Charm but Nothing New

Ulises Duenas

While the film deals with themes of grief, government suppression, and love, it’s the theme of moving on that is most interesting. The freight train that moves through town does a good job of symbolizing the sometimes grim reality of life. You move forward, pick up baggage along the way, and even though there are moments that make you wish you could stop time, you have to keep going.

Despite Decent Cast, ‘Heroes of the Golden Masks’ Exemplifies Slipshod Animated Movies

Ulises Duenas

The real pitfall here is how bad and unenthusiastic the voice acting is. I was interested that Patton Oswalt and Ron Perlman were in the movie -- Oswalt as the fish man Aesop and Perlman as the villain -- but was shocked by their performances. Perlman in particular sounds monotone, as though he’s reading a phonebook. He has an extensive resume in videogames and animation, so I can only assume his lackluster performance here is because of a lack of direction or knowing that the material wasn’t worth the effort.

‘Fool’s Paradise’ Struggles to Make Its Silent Protagonist Truly Relevant

Ulises Duenas

Charlie Day plays a man recently released from a mental institution who has no ability to communicate with people and is largely unaware of the things going on around him. Making the character mute could have been done well, but when that character is also incapable of communicating, it makes it difficult to find him compelling. Even though his body language can be funny, it’s mostly up to the rest of the cast to deliver jokes -- which has mixed results.

‘Queenmaker’ Spotlights the Shallow World of New York Socialites

Ulises Duenas

The documentary starts by showing how the rich heiresses of New York became celebrities and chased by paparazzi as though they were deities. When blogging exploded on the internet, many were dedicated to forming narratives out of the celebrities’ escapades and would slant reality into a salacious tabloid. I was constantly asking myself “Who would choose to get caught up in this world?”

The Evil Dead: How the Indie Horror Film Became a Groovy, Gory Sensation

Ben Friedman

Raimi’s amateurish filmmaking worked to the movie’s advantage. His do-it-yourself style of directing and special effects allowed the film to be made on a shoestring budget with the help of his friends and his brothers Ted and Ivan. Whereas filmmakers are often keenly aware of their financial limitations, Raimi never allowed his budget to get in the way of his ambition.

‘Sisu’ Bombards You With Relentless Violence

Ulises Duenas

This movie is like a slasher flick crossed with “Fury Road,” and while the kills can get creative and ridiculous in a fun way, I wish there was more heart underneath all the blood and gore. If the movie didn’t have the budget for constant spectacle or complicated choreography, then it would have been nice if it fleshed out the main character to be more interesting, but he doesn’t say a word for most of the movie.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary Lives, Biopics Continue to Captivate Film Fans

Angelo Franco

Pam and Tommy was made anyway, of course. It received generally favorable reviews though; in the zeitgeist that is the current state of the Hollywood machine, the series has been largely forgotten already. It came and went and it rode the visibility that anything about a sex-tape was bound to receive, especially if it was about one of the most famous sex-tapes in the world to this day.

‘Pinball’ Tells the Story of the Man Who Legalized the Game

Ulises Duenas

The amount of pinball history and insight into the game is also interesting. This film is upfront about not telling a completely honest story and it adds to the charm of the presentation. It gets enough of the details right to tell a story that feels authentic and captivating. Everything from the acting, writing, editing and pacing works well, so it’s easy to recommend this movie as one of the highlight films of the year.

‘Mafia Mamma’ Brings Laughs but Also Rom-Com Baggage

Ulises Duenas

It takes a while for the movie to get going, but once Kristen is in Italy, the humor starts to pick up. Collette has a good sense of comedic timing and the supporting characters do a good job of keeping the movie light and charming. The downside is the humor constantly clashes with the romantic elements, which feel like they were pulled out of a novel you’d find at the airport. 

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