COLUMN: Speeches are not enough, Hollywood

It is oddly coincidental that President Donald Trump’s ban against immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries took place on the same weekend as the Screen Actors Guild Awards, bringing on the full wrath of Hollywood on Sunday night. Those present at the ceremony condemned the ban in their own ways. One of my favorite protests was […]

REVIEW: The Founder explores story of flawed McDonald’s founder

Concentrated on the strengths of this man who stole a business from others, The Founder explains McDonald’s founder Ray Croc’s success, engaging the audience to think for themselves if this triumph is extraordinary and worth revering. The movie begins in 1954, as Croc (Michael Keaton) is not yet an underlying force of fast food empire, […]

REVIEW: Split thrills with its dark plot and horror

M. Night Shyamalan has had a mixed history in film. His career has seen many ups and downs, including commercial and critical hits (Signs and The Sixth Sense) as well as egregious missteps (The Last Airbender). After a few unsuccessful years, Shyamalan redeemed himself with the release of the 2015 film The Visit. The Visit, […]

REVIEW: Moana tells inspiring feminist story

It is easy to envy the little girls growing up under this new vein of animated Disney movies where archery is a vital skill, sisterhood replaces true love’s kiss and a teenage girl sails into the unknown to bring hope back to her kingdom. In Brave, Frozen and now Moana, there is no more talk […]

REVIEW: Natalie Portman stuns in biopic Jackie

An elegant and contained examination of a woman under the spotlight, Jackie is a picture as refined as the former First Lady herself. Directed by Pablo Larrain, the film depicts the events of the week following John F. Kennedy’s assassination through the eyes of his widow, Jackie Kennedy. Filmed with an almost unnerving degree of […]