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First Reformed - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on May 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Over four decades ago, Paul Schrader forever changed cinema when he wrote “Taxi Driver.” While Martin Scorsese’s direction often soaks up most of the credit, Schrader deserves just as much recognition for crafting one of the 20th century’s most gripping character studies. “First Reformed,” which Schrader both wrote and directed, has the esse...

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Solo: A Star Wars Story - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on May 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

There have been amazing “Star Wars” movies like “The Empire Strikes Back,” awful “Star Wars” movies like “The Phantom Menace,” and even divisive “Star Wars” movies like “The Last Jedi.” Now we get “Solo,” the first “Star War...

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Deadpool 2 - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on May 15, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

In an oversaturated superhero movie market, the original “Deadpool” stood out with its self-aware sense of humor and unapologetic R-rating. “Deadpool 2” is essentially more of the same. That’s not at all a bad thing, as the film ultimately delivers exactly what we want: more over-the-top violence, more gr...

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Life of the Party - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on May 10, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Melissa McCarthy movies tend to go in one of two ways. If it’s directed by Paul Feig, we’ll probably get an instant comedy classic like “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” or “Spy.” If it’s directed by Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s real-life husband, we’ll get something mostly mediocre like “Tammy” or “T...

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Truth or Dare - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on April 12, 2018 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

“Truth or Dare” starts off with an intriguing, if not brilliant, premise: a game of truth or dare where lives are on the line. Throw in a capable cast and a fairly well-plotted screenplay, and you should have an all-around enjoyable horror flick. Unfortunately, the filmmakers simply don’t take full advantage of the concept at hand. There are ideas here that were tailor-made for a classic s...

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Rampage - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on April 12, 2018 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Of all the modern film adaptations of video games, “Rampage” probably had to build the most from the ground up. In “Tomb Raider,” the filmmakers had one of the greatest game protagonists of all time to work with. In “Warcraft,” a whole world and mythology was delivered to the filmmakers on a silver platter. “Rampage,” however, is based on a 1986 arcade game ...

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Blockers - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on April 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

20 years ago, we got “American Pie,” a film about four teenage boys determined to lose their virginity before prom night. “Blockers” possesses a similar premise, albeit with a few notable changes. For starters, rather than boys, this story revolves around three girls who enter a sex pact with the end of their senior years on the horizon. Of course the film is just as much about the parents of th...

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on January 23, 2018 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (2)

My feelings towards “The Maze Runner” movies are very mixed. The first film, while nothing groundbreaking, at least had a gripping sense of mystery and a premise worthy of a “Twilight Zone” episode. 2015’s “The Scorch Trials” threw all of those interesting ideas out the wind...

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The Commuter - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on January 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s been almost ten years since “Taken” became an unlikely hit and in turn made Liam Neeson an unlikely action star. One could argue that Neeson is the action star equivalent of wine. The older he gets, the more badass he looks and sounds. In “The Commuter,” Neeson plays a 60-year-old man who manages to survive mu...

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Blood Country - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on December 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

You can tell from Travis Mills’ filmography that he practically lives behind the camera. In addition to writing, producing, and directing several dozen shorts, Mills has also directed a handful of feature films. With his features, Mills has explored a variety of diffe...

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