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Sam (Megan Suri) in the horror movie It Lives Inside, facing battles of demonic and internal nature.

‘It Lives Inside’ honors East Indian culture while creating suspense

By Sarah Payne, Staff Writer September 27, 2023
“It Lives Inside'' was clearly created from a genuine place of honoring the Hindu religion and East Indian culture. Also, the characters are relatable to teenagers and can provide insightful lessons for parents and teens. However, the movie prioritized the sometimes cheesy character-centric plot line over the actual horror in the film, rendering the film as tense and exciting, but not frightening.
Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet (Jaime Vadell) is a hundreds-of-years-old vampire who is ready to die in the new movie El Conde.

‘El Conde’: Chilean dictator turned vampire

By Patrick Mazzella, Staff Writer September 25, 2023
Director Pablo Larrain has made a name for himself creating fairy tale-like reimaginings of real-life political figures, including Princess Diana of Wales and Jackie Kennedy. Now, in glorious black and white photography, Larrain offers a new take on brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, known as “El Conde.” In a turn of elaborate magical realism, the former South American president is revealed to have been a vampire, hundreds of years old, who has spent his years squashing revolutions and enforcing a strict authoritarian ideology. Set in the mid-1990s, the count has decided it is time for him to die, but not without one final meal.
Tiny Fey, Michelle Yeoh and Kenneth Branaugh work to solve the murder mystery in A Haunting in Venice.

Poirot demonstrates new vulnerability in ‘A Haunting in Venice’

By Nolan Sheehan, Contributing Writer September 21, 2023

From the visionary director of “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Death on The Nile'' comes the next installment in Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded enclave of murder mystery thrillers, “A Haunting...

Jann Mardenborough (Archie Madekwe) plays Gran Turismo by SONY in his bedroom.

‘Gran Turismo’ lacks originality and uniqueness

By Sarah Payne, Staff Writer August 29, 2023
“Gran Turismo” lacks originality and seems unfortunately reminiscent of films that came before it, but it is a film that picked itself up in the last half, can keep the audience’s attention and make viewers feel as if they were on the race track themselves. 
Ken (Ryan Gosling) tags along with Barbie (Margot Robbie) on her journey to the human world.

Review: “Barbie” proves pink is the new black

By Molly Fitzsimons, Co-Life and Culture Editor August 17, 2023
Beautiful, brilliant, Barbie. The highly anticipated “Barbie” movie from Greta Gerwig was one that has been on my Letterboxd watch list since the first trailer was released Dec. 16, and in no way did it disappoint. Between the set design and costumes — accurate to the dolls and playhouses created by Mattel — not only was “Barbie” easy on the eyes, but pulled at every heartstring possible. 
Ellie (Alyssa Sutherland) is taken by the deadeyes in Evil Dead Rise.

“Evil Dead Rise” reminds fans of a bloody good time

By Patrick Mazzella, Staff Writer May 2, 2023
Writer and director Lee Cronin’s blood-soaked new installment “Evil Dead Rise” delivers all that and more.
From left, Cole (Chris Evans) discovers that Sadie (Ana de Armas) is a CIA agent in the Apple TV+ action comedy Ghosted.

Review: Action comedy is a complete waste of time

By Evan Miller, Staff Writer May 2, 2023
Chris Evans and Ana de Armas share zero chemistry in "Ghosted," a film that tries and fails in shoving charm down the viewers' throats.
Beau (Joaquin Phoenix) recalls an early memory of him as a child in acclaimed director Ari Asters drama Beau is Afraid.

Review: Ari Aster’s new film bares mommy issues

By Matt Minton, Co Life and Culture Editor May 2, 2023
“Beau is Afraid” is going to lose him some fans, but the kind of filmmaker that’s willing to take those kinds of risks should be celebrated.
Kristin (Toni Collette) finds herself entangled in a mob war in director Catherine Hardwickes new comedy Mafia Mamma.

Review: New crime comedy lacks simplicity and cleverness

By Patrick Mazzella, Staff Writer April 25, 2023
Toni Collette stars in "Mafia Mamma," a comedy that lacks the charm to create a theater experience worth remembering.
Dracula (Nicolas Cage) serves as a toxic boss to Renfield (Nicholas Hoult) in the new horror comedy Renfield.

Review: Dracula horror has major identity crisis

By Evan Miller, Staff Writer April 25, 2023
"Renfield" had the potential to become a horror comedy classic, but instead sucks all the blood out of itself and leaves nothing but a husk.
Freddie (Ji-min Park) goes on an expected journey of self-discovery and identity as she finds herself searching for her birth parents in South Korea.

Review: Fragmented plot creates complex portrait of identity

By Patrick Mazzella, Staff Writer April 24, 2023
Questions of identity and cultural assimilation find their way into director Davy Chou’s newest film "Return to Seoul."
Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) team up on the big screen in the successful The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

Review: Mario makes successful leap to the big screen

By Rua Fay, Contributing Writer April 19, 2023
Despite the film's divisive critical reception, "The Super Mario Bros. Movie" is a fun time for Nintendo fans with its beautiful animation.
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