Category Archives: Reviews

The Sun is Also a Star (2019) Review

A CHEESY, SILLY, AND PRETENTIOUS CONTEMPORARY TEEN DRAMA   In the literary world, the ever-shifting interest of teens novels has been in constant flux; passing from one popular trend to the next. The age of paranormal romance of vampires, werewolves, and demon hunters dominated the mainstream media interest of YA / Teen genre for several years, ushering a plethora of

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Long Shot (2019) Review

AN AMUSING POLITICAL SATIRE ROM-COM   In the plethora of cinematic subgenres of theatrical motion pictures, the usage of romantic comedies (i.e. rom-coms) has always been a primary / fundamental “cog in the machine” for the industry driving machine of Hollywood. While the passing of decades and era of feature films has changed with the current culture of the nation,

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019) Review

SUPER EFFECTIVE!   The Pokémon franchise has built a thriving empire within its vast collection of “pocket monsters” creatures that have dazzled and enticed its players / viewers for more than two decades. First released back in 1996 as the Game Boy video game Red a Pokémon and Green (which changed to Pokémon Red and Blue for the US &

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Tolkien (2019) Review

CONCERNING TOLKIEN Over the years, the dramatic efforts of biopic endeavors have been something of a cinematic fascination with Hollywood, finding filmmaking talents both in front and behind the camera flocking to be apart of these theatrical motion pictures. While the idea of creating a biographical feature film about someone and / or some event isn’t anything new, it is

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Dumbo (2019) Review

DUMBO FLIES, BUT NEVER SOARS   In 1941, Walt Disney Pictures released Dumbo, their fourth full-length feature animated film. The movie, which was based on the story / novel by Helen Aberson and Pearl, followed the journey of Jumbo Jr., a semi-anthropomorphic elephant who is cruelly nicknamed “Dumbo”, as in “dumb”. He is ridiculed for his big ears, but in

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The Last Summer (2019) Review

A SHALLOW (AND OUTDATED) “COMING OF AGE” DRAMEDY   With the increase of popularity, Netflix has cultivated a plethora of movies and tv shows into its online streaming library, finding some to original content and some being purchased from studios. In the realm of teen dramas, Netflix has amassed successful entries, including the tv show 13 Reasons Why and feature

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The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Review

IT’S TIME TO “CONJURE” UP SOME NEW IDEAS   The Conjuring Universe has definitely had plenty of spooks and scares throughout its five released motion pictures; offering up horror tales of wicked demons, malevolent spirts, and the frightful individuals that get caught up in their crosshairs. Beginning back in 2013, with the release of The Conjuring (based on the real-life

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