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 […]

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk sacrifices story for visuals

When the first shot of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk filled the screen, the audience emitted an audible gasp. It was an ordinary scene, certainly — a young man simply wakes up and turns his phone alarm off. But it was, to this date, the most realistic visual modern moviegoers will have experienced in their […]

Loving is sweet, but ultimately hollow

Based on the historical Supreme Court ruling Loving v. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage, Jeff Nichols’ new film Loving tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the case’s defendants and the couple whose love for each other became a landmark victory in the fight for civil rights. It is evident that Nichols, who both […]

REVIEW: ‘Arrival’ discusses a tale of human-alien interaction

Films come and go often, and audiences move on quickly from one film to the next without much thought. Rarely does a film completely shock, unexpectedly impress and profoundly move audiences. This is the case for the 2016 science fiction film Arrival. Arrival tells the story of a linguistics professor, Louise (Amy Adams), whose expertise […]

Inferno lacks fire

The Catholic church’s favorite symbologist is back — only this time he is about as confused as everyone else trying to figure out how Jesus could have had a kid with Mary Magdalene. In Inferno, the third movie adapted from Dan Brown’s popular book series, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in Florence, Italy, with […]

Jack Reacher sequel falls short of expectations

Three-quarters of the way through Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Tom Cruise is on a plane and about to knock out a bunch of villains when it starts to feel like a flashback from 2011. That was the same year he starred in the film Knight & Day, a romantic-action-comedy film where Cruise beats up […]