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Wonder Review: A Heartwarming Story of Family Love

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Wonder is a touching tale of love and friendship, buoyed by strong performances from Jacob Tremblay and the rest of the cast.

Based on the novel of the same name by Raquel Jaramillo (who used the pseudonym R.J. Palacio), Wonder is being positioned as a heartwarming family film for the holiday season, covering a variety of important themes such as acceptance and overcoming adversity. The source material was inspired by a real event Jaramillo experienced as a mother, grounding the book in reality and forcing the audience to face some impactful questions along the way. While the film adaptation definitely falls into some typical genre conventions as its story progresses, it is mostly ...

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Lady Bird Review: Greta Gerwig’s Coming of Age Tale Delights

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Lady Bird makes for a delightful coming of age comedy/drama, fueled by Gerwig’s inspired direction and Saoirse Ronan’s charming performance.

Lady Bird is the thoroughly enchanting solo directorial debut for Greta Gerwig, who is perhaps best known at the moment for her multiple collaborations with indie auteur Noah Baumbach. Having previously starred in the Baumbach-directed Frances Ha and Mistress America (both of which she also co-scripted), as well as the filmmaker’s dramedy Greenberg, Gerwig stepped behind the camera for Lady Bird in order to call the shots herself, drawing from her original script. A semi-autobiographical dramedy inspired by Gerwig’s adolescence, Lady Bird firmly establishes its creator as a storyteller with a unique voice and identity ...

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Justice League Review: DC Films Rebirth Has Begun

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Justice League successfully ushers in a new era for DC Films and delivers lots of superhero fun – at the expense of a richer and more layered movie.

Justice League is the third DC comic book movie adaptation directed by Zack Snyder, as well as the fifth overall installment in DC’s shared cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DC Extended Universe). In many ways, however, the film is less a conclusion to Snyder’s DC superhero trilogy – though it does payoff certain plot/character threads from Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice – and more a launch point for the next generation of live-action DC movies. Similar to how DC Rebirth drew from The ...

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Mudbound Review: A Moving Tale of Two Families

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Fueled by compelling performances and compassionate storytelling, Mudbound is a powerful examination of American society in the aftermath of WWII.

Adapted from the novel of the same name (as written by Hilary Jordan and published in 2008), Mudbound is the latest offering from writer/director Dee Rees. Following the release of her 2011 Sundance Film Festival breakout hit Pariah – an LGBTQI coming of age film based on Rees’ original 2007 short – Rees has transitioned into directing historical fare on the small screen, with projects like the HBO TV movie Bessie and ABC mini-series When We Rise. With Mudbound, her second non-televised feature length directorial effort, Reese continues this exploration of America’s social, cultural, and racial heritage through the visual arts. The ...

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Call Me By Your Name Review: A Beautiful Portrait of First Love

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Call Me By Your Name is a beautiful and powerful coming of age love story with remarkable performances from Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.

Directed by Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name is a triumph of film, adapted from the novel of the same name by André Aciman, with James Ivory penning the movie script. Gaudagnino kicked off his feature film career in 1999 with The Protagonists, but rose to prominence with his 2005 film, Melissa P. He has since also helmed the psychological drama A Bigger Splash (2015), which served as the second film in the director’s Desire trilogy ...

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