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Doctor Sleep redeems Kubrick’s Shining

In 1977, Stephen King frightened the world with his horrifying novel The Shining. Only three years later, Stanley Kubrick adapted the novel into a film, bringing the words off the page and onto the big screen. Now, in 2019, the same has been done to

Akira: a retrospective

The American localization of the popular paradigm-shifting anime drama Akira has now reached its 30-year anniversary. With a tv series reboot in the works, it’s time to look back on the original film, which still holds up as an unearthly futuristic saga depicting complex post-war

Hustlers hustles a true story

The trailers for Hustlers present a fun heist film, similar to Ocean’s Eleven, with a vague target described as “Wall Street” and no suggestion of real victims. The subject matter of Hustlers is, in actuality, much harder to stomach. A group of former strippers, including

Film Review: The Goldfinch

Director John Crowley’s most recent picture, The Goldfinch, is a visually stunning yet structurally messy film. Those who enjoyed Donna Tartt’s novel of the same name will find the movie much easier to follow than those who opted to only see the film, but both

Movie review: IT Chapter Two

The Losers’ Club returned to theaters last week in the form of IT Chapter Two, this time not as children but as adults set on destroying Pennywise the Clown for good. This second installment maintained the nostalgia and horror of the first, while adding more

Book v. movie: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

As children’s horror folklore anthologies go, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark excels in searing both the frightening stories and disturbing illustrations into the memories of readers. Yet, as an attempt to string individual stories (that tend to have no satisfying conclusion) into one

Marvel’s future shines light on diversity

A New Phase Begins Before the weekend of July 20 and 21, Marvel kept all loose ends wrapped tight, shedding no light on the future layout of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the events of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Fans had to

Review: Avengers: Endgame is a fitting send off

Marvel’s grand finale, Avengers: Endgame, is an ode to triumph, in finishing the 11-year story that started in 2008 with the original Iron Man. How does one cope with extreme loss and guilt? Avengers: Endgame dives deep into telling the story of how the remaining

Shazam! is 2019’s most fun superhero film

DC continues franchise course correction The DC Extended Universe has always seemed to have some trouble since 2014’s Man of Steel, which found mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. In 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also lost the battle against critical reviews,

Review: Captain Marvel is a welcome fresh face to the MCU

Marvel’s first female-led film takes spectacular flight Higher, further, faster. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) expands further into the cosmos with its first female-led superhero film, Captain Marvel. Soaring towards an opening weekend debut of $155 million, Captain Marvel is a mesmerizing, action-packed adventure that