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  • The Humans – first-look review

    The Humans – first-look review

    Turning a Broadway hit into a film usually goes one of two ways: either you cash in on audience goodwill and force them to endure an uninspired, overlong restaging (see: Cats); or you carve out something fresh that actually feels tailored for the screen. Stephen Karam’s The Humans, adapted from his Tony Award-winning one-act play, […] More

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  • the eyes of Tammy Faye review

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye Review (TIFF 2021)

    PLOT: The true story of Tammy Faye Bakker (Jessica Chastain). For much of the seventies and eighties, Tammy and her husband Jim (Andrew Garfield) were the most famous televangelists on the planet. But, years of financial and sexual impropriety on Jim’s behalf threaten to bring down the empire and leave Tammy Faye a laughing stock. […] More

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  • The Mad Woman’s Ball – first-look review

    The Mad Woman’s Ball – first-look review

    In the Journal of Humanistic Psychology article “Gaslighting: How Pathological Labels Can Harm Psychotherapy Clients” by Dr. Madeline Tormoen, it is proposed that improper psychological treatments “can contaminate a psychotherapy relationship when clinicians rely on pathological labels to direct the therapeutic process.” While this practice is still a prominent issue in psychiatry today, numerous records […] More

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  • Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions Review: Punching Dry Meat

    Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions Review: Punching Dry Meat

    When creating a boxing game, there are a lot of options for a developer ranging from a simulation-type experience similar to Fight Night to the arcade hijinx of Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions, or even the more puzzle-oriented spin that Punch-Out!! delivered. Creed Champions instead opts for a more traditional arcade fighting game with health bars and special moves. […] More

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  • Encounter – first look review

    Encounter – first look review

    A film I find myself thinking about a lot is Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, in which Michael Shannon plays a father plagued by apocalyptic visions which lead him to construct a large bunker beneath their property in Ohio. The question hangs over the film as to whether Curtis’ premonitions are real or a symptom of […] More

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  • The Forgiven – first-look review

    The Forgiven – first-look review

    There is a certain kind of atonement reserved for a certain kind of man: smug, dogmatic, well-schooled and never at pains to show it. A bit despicable – you know the type. He will atone on his terms only when it’s advantageous to do so. And he will be forgiven. This man is the mainstay […] More

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  • The Card Counter Review: Oscar Isaac's Riveting Performance Is The Only Highlight In An Otherwise Dismal Waste

    The Card Counter Review: Oscar Isaac’s Riveting Performance Is The Only Highlight In An Otherwise Dismal Waste

    Through Tye Sheridan’s Cirk, a young man whose father was among those who served under William Tell’s commanding officer (Willem Dafoe), The Card Counter seeks to tell a story of revenge. More specifically, Cirk’s attempt at seeking vengeance for his dad, and how it weighs on William’s own reckonings with the past. On paper, there’s […] More

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  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye – first look review

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye – first look review

    Disguised in pancake makeup of steadily increasing thickness, prosthetic jaw padding that makes her look like a country niece of GI Joe, and a Minnesotan warble retrospectively rendering Fargo’s accent work an exemplar of reined-in naturalism, Jessica Chastain holds little back in assaying the role of televangelist Tammy Faye Messner. It’s a performance of unrestrained […] More

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  • Malignant Review: James Wan's New Horror Movie Is Bonkers And Brilliant

    Malignant Review: James Wan’s New Horror Movie Is Bonkers And Brilliant

    When James Wan’s Saw was released in 2004, it sparked a whole new era for horror filmmaking, as hardcore, visceral, and gore-heavy became the big new flavors. As popular as the style became in the industry, however, it wasn’t something that Wan ultimately let define him as a director. Looking at the last 10 years, […] More

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