Movies

Review: Marvel’s latest Thor installment is a masterpiece

By Jeffrey Waitkevich Thor, Asgard’s god of thunder, has been one of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful superheroes since his debut in 2011. But what would happen if he lost Mjolnir, the hammer that grants him the ability to fight and manipulate the weather? That answer comes in “Thor: Ragnarok,” Marvel’s third and most recent installment […]

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“Jigsaw” successfully resurrects gory franchise

By Jeffrey Waitkevich Let’s play a game: it’s called watching a confusing reboot more than 10 years after the original’s release. The original “Saw” came out in 2004. “Saw 3D,” the seventh installment in the played out franchise, which was dubbed “the final chapter,” debuted in 2010. Seven years later, the series returns with “Jigsaw.” In […]

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Review: Emma Stone hits a near perfect shot in “Battle of the Sexes”

By Jeffrey Waitkevich In 1973, the exhibition match dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes” brought the women’s rights movement to the tennis court. Spearheading the movement was Billie Jean King. Now, a 2017 film is attempting to recreate that magic. Because of the importance of the event it depicts, “Battle of the Sexes” had the […]

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African-American History Month: Film recommendations

This African-American history month, let’s discover new literature, music and film together. Every week in February I am going to search for material by African-American writers, performers and musicians. I am doing this to help reinforce the idea that white people like me need to listen to voices that don’t sound like our own. Topping […]

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“Split” is Shyamalan’s Redemption, Still Imperfect

M. Night Shyamalan making a good movie in 2017 is the biggest plot twist of all. The once acclaimed Indian-American director responsible for such highly regarded films as “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs” has produced nothing but stinkers since the early 2000s. His 2008 movie “The Happening” was nominated for four Golden Raspberry Awards […]

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“Split” is Shyamalan’s redemption, still imperfect

New Release: James McAvoy gives an impressive performance in M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, “Split.” Here McAvoy is seen as Hedwig, one of 23 personalities depicted in the film. [Courtesy of Universal Pictures] Night Shyamalan making a good movie in 2017 is the biggest plot twist of all. The once acclaimed Indian-American director responsible for […]

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“Fences” explores family and race in Midcentury America

“Fences” is a fierce and moving film that honors the men and women that people never talk about: the people that were invisible. In an industry dominated by superhero and white entrepreneur biographical dramas, Denzel Washington, who directs and stars in the film, gives a revival of playwright August Wilson’s 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning screenplay, “Fences”. […]

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