“Avengers: Endgame” Spoilers Ahead: Blows Minds and Hearts

Disclaimer: I typically try to write reviews that avoid specific details about the film’s plot so I can also avoid spoilers. “Avengers: Endgame” is simply too detail-laden to write a substantial review without covering specifics, and thus spoiling the plot. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, a) go see it! And b) stop reading. There will be spoilers ahead. But don’t worry, this article will still be here waiting for you later, unlike some of the characters in the film…

“Captain Marvel” Dazzles MCU Fans and Puts the “Her” in Hero

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) gained its 21st entry this month with the release of “Captain Marvel.” It features Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Ben Mendelsohn, as well as other great actors, both in returning and debut roles in the MCU, which is now entering its 11th year. In order for such an entity to exist, years of planning and development must first also exist. This is important in a twofold way, regarding “Captain Marvel..."

Smiglowski Anticipates the 91st Academy Awards: Who Will Win What?

The 91st Academy Awards are less than two weeks away, and Hollywood’s best and brightest are preparing for a night that honors their work and dedication to film. There are 24 categories, and an abundance of talent all vying for the top awards and for critical esteem. As I do every year, I’ve made it my mission to see as many nominated films as possible, and I’d like to share some of my predictions with you...

Netflix Review: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

New to Netflix and select theatres nation-wide is Joel and Ethan Coen’s newest movie, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” As the zany movie title and the previous works of the Coen Brothers (“Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men”) would suggest, it’s a rather quirky movie filled with nuance and twists. This particular film is comprised of six vignettes set in the Post-Civil War midwest, and certain aspects of an early America filled with dangers and discord. Together, these six short films paint a rather unorthodox picture of what life was like in the frontier of a western United States that had yet to be tamed...

Netflix Review: "Maniac"

Netflix’s newest original limited series, “Maniac,” is a dystopian psychological thriller with unmistakable “Cloud Atlas: and Inception vibes. It’s no surprise that Emma Stone (“La La Land,” “Birdman”) finds herself in yet another groundbreaking role, with a performance that follows suit. And Jonah Hill (“21 Jump Street,” “Wolf of Wall Street”) continues to distance himself from the quirky comedy actor that he used to be known for, by excelling in yet another more serious role...

Film Review: "Operation Finale"

With exceptional talent like Oscar Isaac ("Ex Machina," "Star Wars"), and Sir Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi," "Schindler’s List"), one might think "Operation Finale" could be something really special. But, although the film touches upon some important and intrinsic human questions, the nuances and gradations of them are often lost amidst the poor chemistry of the actors in the film. And a muddled plot, with an unnecessary and poorly-developed love story, distract from what otherwise is a compelling story of ethics, justice, evil, and the distinctions between vendetta and due process of the law...

“Babylon Berlin”: Your Next Netflix Binge

Babylon Berlin is coming to Netflix and it deserves your attention. You probably haven’t heard of it yet, but the German crime drama set in Pre-World War II Berlin is set to release on Netflix on Tuesday, January 30, and it offers a narrative-driven and suspenseful plot that does not disappoint. The show was Germany’s second most-watched Television show last year, just after Game of Thrones, and this popularity has led to Netflix’s decision to bring the show onto its streaming service...

A Cheaper Way to Go to the Movies

Love going to the movies, but don’t feel like spending an exorbitant amount of money, especially when streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are so convenient and only cost a low, monthly fee to use? Well, a program called “MoviePass” may be just for you! Through MoviePass’s newest price drop, you can now see one movie at the cinema every single day of the month, for only $9.95 per month. The offer sounds too good to be true, and I honestly had a hard time believing it myself, but after some further research, it is completely true...

Big News from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Good news, Star Wars fans! These past few weeks have brought a lot of news from a galaxy far, far away, with information about “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi,” “Star Wars IX,” EA Games’ “Star Wars: Battlefront II,” “Star Wars Rebels” and future Anthology standalone films. Star Wars Celebration was this past weekend in Orlando, and with Star Wars Day, “May the Fourth,” quickly approaching, news has been abundant. There has never been a more exciting time to be a “Star Wars” fan, as there is so much on the horizon...

On Screen this Summer

The summer of 2017 looks to give us a wide array of films. There will be something for every type of movie-goer. If you like comic books, there’s “Spider-Man Homecoming,” which showcases Marvel and Sony’s new Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, in his own movie. That movie releases July 6 and also features Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Iron Man, and introduces Michael Keaton as the main antagonist, the Vulture. Also in the comic book movie genre are “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” and “Wonder Woman,” releasing May 5 and June 2, respectively...

A Fitting End to a Series 17 Years in the Making

The right words don’t exist to describe how much the X-Men movie franchise means to so many people, and “Logan” serves as the tear-jerking, heart-pounding conclusion to a series 17 years in the making. And it did not disappoint. “Logan” pulled a complete 180° turn away from the form that most comic book movies follow today and held nothing back. Those used to cheesy battles and a clear-cut good guy winning in the end might find this move to be a rather stark difference from what they expected. But it is this unorthodox style that makes “Logan” so good...

Television Review: "Legion"

On Wednesday night, FX premiered their newest show, “Legion.” Many people are unaware of what it is about, so some prefacing should help get you up to speed on all you need to know about the show. “Legion” focuses on an “omega-level mutant” from the X-Men Universe, whose name is Legion, hence the name of the show. His real name is David Haller and he is one of the most powerful mutants alive. This is because he is the son of Charles Xavier, the founder of the X-Men. Charles, also known as Professor X, is an incredibly powerful mutant in his own right...
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