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“Recovery Boys” stabs at the hearts of viewers and the opioid epidemic

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 07/05/18 4:57pm

The United States’ battle with opioids has been well documented at this point. From frequent news coverage, the Trump Administration’s decision to enact the death penalty on drug dealers and even other documentaries, it has become a cornerstone in our nation’s political discourse.Something that gets overlooked, however, are those who suffer directly as a result of these opioid addictions. We often hear about the casualties in this epidemic; families who have lost sons, daughters or parents ...

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Elvis as a symbol of Americana in “The King”

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 06/27/18 5:06pm

“The King,” directed by Eugene Jarecki and produced by Errol Morris, presents the current state of America through the prism of Elvis Presley, the king of rock n’ roll. It also rationalizes the American definition of success as analogous to the massive rise and tragic fall of Elvis, thus exploring the unhealthy relationship Americans might have with the “American dream”. The documentary follows Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce across state lines during the 2016 election, inviting people to ...

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'Tully' is a point blank exploration of the blessings and trials of motherhood

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 05/04/18 12:27am

Motherhood has always been an integral plot element in storytelling. Fantine (Anne Hathaway) is a woman who has to resort to extreme measures to feed her daughter in  â€œLes Misérables,” and Ellen Page plays a girl who has to reckon with how her life will be different after her teen pregnancy in “Juno.” But often overlooked is the simplicity of the relationship between a mother and her family and how it is in itself is a compelling story story. This is the route taken by “Juno” ...

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'Ghost Stories' is more affecting than scary

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 04/27/18 12:48am

Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson direct “Ghost Stories,” a British anthology film starring Nyman as Professor Goodman, a man who dedicates his life to debunking the psychic and the supernatural. The film is an homage to great British anthologies released in the 1960s and 70s by Amicus Productions. Low-budget films like Asylum, From Beyond the Grave and Tales from the Crypt are some of the studio’s notable releases that tell different stories linked by an overarching narrator. This film updates ...

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'Avengers: Infinity War' dives into the darker side of heroism and humanity, succeeding all the same

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 04/27/18 12:29am

It has all led up to this. Ten years of entertaining films, character development and world-building have culminated in Marvel’s latest addition to their cinematic universe, “Avengers: Infinity War.” Avoiding potential spoilers, the film takes place roughly two years after the events of “Captain America: Civil War.” “Infinity War” involves a disjointed Avengers team, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy and others, who must band together to stop their most formidable foe yet, ...

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'The Rider' stuns with an honest look into life after injury

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 04/20/18 1:50am

Filmmakers have always glorified men who live life in pursuit of a single goal. From Charles Kane’s final utterance of “Rosebud” in “Citizen Kane” to more recent films like “Whiplash” where the protagonist is dead-set on becoming the greatest drummer to ever live, suffering through endless abuse from his instructor along the way. Chloé Zhao’s most recent film “The Rider” continues this tradition in a heartfelt manner. Suffering a debilitating injury at a rodeo, Brady Blackburn ...

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‘I Feel Pretty’ teaches us to love (and laugh at) ourselves

By Grace George Last updated: 04/20/18 1:45am

Despite the fact she was not involved in the direction, writing or production of this movie, the role of Renee in “ I Feel Pretty” was made for Amy Schumer. “I Feel Pretty” relays a positive message about self-love in a funny and relatable way. It is not particularly inspiring or empowering, but Schumer’s character shows that confidence is everything. Renee is a New Yorker in her mid-30s who struggles with confidence, constantly wishing that she were undeniably beautiful. The day after ...

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'Rampage' can’t decide what type of movie it wants to be

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 04/13/18 7:11pm

Based on the popular arcade game of the same name, “Rampage” tells the story of a primatologist named Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), who notices his friend George, who happens to be an albino gorilla, is growing exponentially and getting angrier and angrier because of a mystery serum. The film then sets off with Okoye and Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris), who previously worked with the company that created this serum and weapon, attempting to save the world and stop a series of different animals ...

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'Truth or Dare' is fun at times, but fails to live up to its promising premise

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 04/13/18 12:13pm

“Truth or Dare” tells the story of five college students who are partying in an abandoned church in Mexico when they decide to play truth or dare. As soon as they get back home they realize they can’t escape the game, they are forced to either play, or die. Jeff Wadlow, who previously directed “Kick-Ass 2,” assembles a strong cast including Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Beane. They have great on-screen chemistry and elicit some sympathy for their characters and what they’re going ...

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'Aardvark’ is a sporadically interesting but ultimately dull drama

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 04/13/18 5:05am

“Aardvark” tells the story of Josh Norman (Zachary Quinto), as he starts to see his therapist Emily (Jenny Slate) again after finding out his brother, Craig (Jon Hamm) is back in town for the first time in 16 years. Josh starts to reveal to Emily that he’s seen his brother on many occasions, masquerading as different people in his life. What Josh doesn’t know is that Emily is dating his brother. The film teases some interesting insights about how we deal with loneliness and how everyone ...

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