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Review: ‘Southside With You’ viewers follow a budding romance

By | Sep 19, 2016

Viewers meet Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) as she gets ready in her mother’s home for what she calls a “business meeting.” Her mother teases her, saying, “I thought this wasn’t a date?” To Robinson, it wasn’t — until she met the ever-so-charming Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers). Obama and Robinson visit countless places on their date, such as an Afro-Culture museum exhibit, a church meeting and a theater to see the film “Do the Right Thing.”


Review: ‘Don’t Breathe’ defies typical horror films

By | Sep 10, 2016

“Don’t Breathe” is more grounded in its script and its direction — it doesn’t rely on typical jump scares, but it builds tension throughout.


Review: ‘Little Prince’ transports viewers back to childhood

By | Sep 4, 2016

Netflix’s “The Little Prince,” based on the classic work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, delivers such a rich range of emotion, moral and visual complexity. This complexity is evident in “Prince” — each chapter of the Prince’s quest, from his home on the minuscule Asteroid B-612 to the vast expanse of the Sahara Desert, is rendered in stop-motion.


Review: Iconic sequel ‘awakens’ nostalgic ‘Star Wars’ fans

By | Jan 2, 2016

With deep characters and a nostalgic plot, “The Force Awakens” pays respect to the previous “Star Wars” films and creates intrigue about the future of the “Star Wars” franchise, but it plays it a bit safe.


Review: Big stars fail to bring ‘joy’ to viewers

By | Dec 29, 2015

If one is looking for a movie that lives up to the joyous sounding title, prepare for an entirely opposite and disappointing experience.


Review: Viewers starved for substance in newest ‘Hunger Games’

By | Nov 29, 2015

The final installment of the series is the weaker half of a movie who shouldn’t have been divided in the first place.


Review: Peanuts update animation without straying from lore

By | Nov 9, 2015

20th Century Fox presents “The Peanuts Movie,” a light but largely derivative film that adds little to Peanuts’ lore other than an animation update.


Review: True crime thriller fails to contribute to genre

By | Apr 22, 2015

“True Story” is a true crime drama that struggles to present itself and ultimately falls flat.


Review: Six absurdist tales unite with humor and brutality

By | Apr 15, 2015

In this marriage of form and content, an enjoyably mad cinematic experience is born.


Review: ‘Furious 7’ races onward and upward despite loss of actor

By | Apr 8, 2015

The fact that this is the seventh movie in the franchise serves as a true testament as to how dedicated the fans truly are.


Review: Minimalist script reveals humanity in war zone

By | Apr 7, 2015

After the quick escalation of a house search into a full-on riot, young British soldier Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) is stranded in enemy streets to fend for himself against the Irish Republican Army.


Review: ‘Insurgent’ adds to teenage-dystopian genre

By | Apr 1, 2015

“Insurgent” adds to the young-adult dystopian genre by building on its predecessor’s fame.