‘Aladdin’ is low on magic

“Arabs are the most maligned group in the history of Hollywood. They’re portrayed basically as subhumans.” – Dr. Jack G. Shaheen During the cinematic reckoning I underwent in my undergraduates years, one of the films that impacted me the most … Read more

‘Unicorn Store’ is a rare breed

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl Brie Larson the actress recently headlined a big action movie where she committed to intense training, but as a director has chosen her first project to be … Read more

Cast a vote for ‘Long Shot’

“The past is never where you think you left it.” – Katherine Anne Porter One year from now, the United States presidential election will completely dominate daily discourse. At this moment, anticipation is building for just who will end up … Read more

‘Back Fork’ deals deftly with drugs and death

A.J. Cook and Josh Stewart in Back Fork

“There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child.  Things never get back to the way they were.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Movies about drug addiction are not new. Movies about a death in the family are not new. Movies about small rural towns are not new. And yet, Back Fork feels like something fresh and needed.

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‘Pet Sematary’ should have remained dead

Church the cat in Pet Sematary

“Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.” – Publilius Syrus

Pet Sematary 2019 is essentially the novel and/or 1989 film buried in the cursed grounds of the plot and resurrected in the same manner: starts off seeming the same but a little off, then turns bad and wants to do you harm. Rotten and needlessly nihilistic, this version is ironic proof of its own message that sometimes it’s best to let the dead stay dead.

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‘Aquaman’ wades into deep water

 “Pouring forth its seas everywhere, then, the ocean envelops the earth and fills its deeper chasms” – Nicolaus Copernicus “The seas need their own Kyoto Protocol” – Enric Sala We’ve seen Jason Momoa as “Aquaman” already in Batman vs … Read more