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A Simple Favor - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on September 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Audiences may go into “A Simple Favor” expecting something along the lines of “Gone Girl” or “The Girl on the Train.” It certainly earns comparison to those films, having numerous twists entangled within even more twists. The movie also draws parallels to a dark satire like “Desperate Housewives,” however. It isn’t afraid to take the tropes you’d typica...

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The Predator - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on September 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Much like “Ghostbusters” and “The Terminator,” “Predator” is a brand that Hollywood keeps trying to resurrect, even though it clearly peaked decades ago. While nothing has come close to topping the 1987 classic, we still go into every follow-up with our fingers crossed for a worthy successor. “The Predator” is the forth entry in the series, or ...

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The Nun - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on September 6, 2018 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

“The Conjuring” series has repeatedly taken me by surprise. Just when it seemed like supernatural horror movies had officially run out of gas, the original film breathed new life into the genre with strong performances and a chilling atmosphere. The sequel was every bit as invigorating with some of ...

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Rose & Walsh - Theatre Review

Posted by Nick Spake on August 29, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1)

"Rose & Walsh" is playing at Theatre Artists Studio until September 2, 2018.

The Studio’s production of "Rose and Walsh" is a charming take on one of Neil Simon’s lesser known works that honestly deserves more recognition. The cast, which ...

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The Happytime Murders - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on August 23, 2018 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

If “The Happytime Murders” had come out in the late 90s or early 2000s, it’d likely be praised as a boldly original comedy unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Much like animation, there was a time when audiences didn’t associate puppets with sex, violence, or profanity. While people still generally think of Big Bird and Kermit the Frog when it com...

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Crazy Rich Asians - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on August 14, 2018 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Quality romantic comedies are a rarity in this day and age, but “Crazy Rich Asians” is among the best of recent memory. The plot isn’t anything revolutionary per se, as you can predict pretty much everything that’s going to happen if you’re even remotely familiar with this genre. Even if the story isn’t unique, however, the film’s signa...

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BlacKkKlansman - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on August 10, 2018 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

In the wake of the #OscarSoWhite and #BlackLivesMatter campaigns, it’s safe to say that Hollywood is taking notice. “Black Panther” became the highest-grossing domestic release of 2018 and “Blindspotting” stole the show at Sundance. While it’s great that we’re getting all of these empowering movies, Spike Lee...

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The Meg - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on August 9, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

“The Meg” is kind of a difficult movie to review. You wouldn’t think that’d be the case, as it’s been marketed as a big, dumb shark movie and – to a certain extent – “The Meg” delivers just that. At the same time, though, it’s hard not to be disappointed when considering what could’ve been. For those who don’t kn...

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The Spy Who Dumped Me - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on August 2, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

From Paul Feig’s “Spy,” to the “Austin Powers” trilogy, to the original “Get Smart” series, the spy genre has always been a great source for satire. That’s not the only thing “The Spy Who Dumped Me” had going for it, what with a gifted cast, an Emm...

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Review

Posted by Nick Spake on July 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s been well over twenty years since the first “Mission: Impossible” movie hit theaters. After all this time, you’d think that the franchise would’ve run out of gas or have gotten a reboot with an entirely new cast. The sixth installment in the series is not only the best yet, however, but one of the most enthrallin...

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