Stronger Movie Review — Jake Gyllenhaal shines in this bold and uplifting drama

Subverting genre tropes, Stronger is a humanist story about triumph over adversity with stellar performances by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany. Jeff Bauman's story feels like one that Hollywood would consume into its "based on a true story" formula and spit out an emotionally manipulative story of triumph over adversity. Stronger is not one of those movies. That's because…
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

Best Actor looks to be coming down to overdue veterans Gary Oldman and Jake Gyllenhaal even this early in the race, however, there is a lot of uncertainty who the nominees will be. It looks like Gary Oldman (The Darkest Hour) could finally win that overdue Oscar. Surprisingly, his only nomination came in 2012 in Best Actor for Tinker…
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It (2017) Movie Review — More thrilling than scary, but certainly entertaining

This 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's It doesn't deliver the scares that the source material promises, but it's creepy and entertaining. A key change was made from Stephen King's classic novel It for its 2017 film adaptation directed by Andy Muschietti. The film's timeline was moved from the 50s to 1988. That change brought some refreshing updates — raunchy…
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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

Sally Hawkins, Meryl Streep, and Saoirse Ronan lead the packed field for Best Actress Even though it’s early in the season, the race for Best Actress is already shaping up to be one of the most competitive of the year. With the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals in the rearview, there are already enough actresses…
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The Blackcoat’s Daughter Movie Review — A dark and gloomy psychological thriller

The Blackcoat's Daughter, Oz Perkins' debut film, is a tense and twisting psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. Director Oz Perkins, son of actor Anthony Perkins (yes, Norman Bates), seems to have really been inspired by his father’s most famous role. What makes Psycho such an enduring horror classic is the pervasive slow…
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