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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

Scariest movie of the year: Hell Fest

A slasher horror with a psychological twist Many horror movies are released each year, but one of the most unique and haunting choices of 2018 is Hell Fest. The film takes on the fairly standard formula of a serial killer dressing up and pretending to

Review: Halloween is gory, fun, and well done

Myers is back and better than ever by Isaiah Mancha and Alexander Elmore After narrowly escaping an Oct. 31 killing spree in 1978, Jamie Lee Curtis returns 40 years later as Laurie Strode to face off yet again against Michael Myers in 2018’s Halloween. Set

Review: The House with a Clock in its Walls

Black, Blanchett, and Vaccaro deliver Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a comedic, action-packed thriller that captures the fun and entertaining side of magical fantasy. Starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, and Owen Vaccaro, Roth brings a visually enchanting and surprisingly

A Simple Favor shows off entrapped women

Film fails to look at struggles of motherhood Despite recent efforts to feature more women-centric stories in Hollywood, few films are honest about the specific pressures of motherhood. A Simple Favor, based on the 2017 novel by Darcy Bell, is a continuation of the recent