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The Overwhelming Beauty of ARRIVAL’s Ending

Article by: Josh Bradley The following contains spoilers for the ending of Arrival (2016) and assumes the reader has seen the film. If you haven’t, go do so immediately. If you have, might I suggest some background music while you read? I don’t know, maybe this? In a meaningless discussion of semantics,

MOVIE REVIEW: Moonlight (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley   About half an hour into Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, 10-year-old Chiron is sitting with Juan, the man who sells crack to Chiron’s mother, at Juan’s kitchen table. He timidly asks Juan, “What’s a faggot?” Juan and the audience both know where this question is coming from, and so he

MOVIE REVIEW: The Birth of a Nation (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley   Considering that Nate Parker began writing his Nat Turner script seven years ago, it’s remarkable that the timing of The Birth of a Nation is both the movie’s biggest draw but also one of its biggest hindrances (even setting aside the behind-the-scenes controversy). Black Lives Matter, a

MOVIE REVIEW: Hell or High Water (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley   There’s something refreshing about a simple setup. Here’s what a character wants/needs; here’s what’s preventing him from getting it; here’s why we care. You can pare most stories down to something this basic, but few arrive already that pared down. However, Hell or High Water does everything

12 Movies to Know for Oscar Season

Article by: Josh Bradley   The Academy Awards are still five months away, and while “Oscar season” doesn’t begin for most people until nominations are announced in January, it begins in September for people with way too much time on their hands. That’s when award season contenders premiere every year at the

The Subversion of SUPERBAD

Article by: Josh Bradley   Spoilers ahead for Superbad (2007). Duh. According to boxofficemojo.com, only five movies classified as “High School Comedies” have crossed the $100 million box office threshold*: American Graffiti (the success of which allowed George Lucas to make Star Wars), Porky’s, American Pie, Superbad, and the recent 21 Jump Street. *Note:

MOVIE REVIEW: Swiss Army Man (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley You’ve been waiting for this moment. You heard about a weird movie at Sundance that people were walking out of. A movie where Daniel Radcliffe plays a farting corpse. You saw plenty of clickbait-y headlines in January saying as much. You thought it was crazy that a movie like

MOVIE REVIEW: The Neon Demon (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley   When Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film, The Neon Demon (2016), premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month, there were reports of both standing ovations and loud boos. Having seen it… yeah, that sounds about right. Fresh-faced Jesse (Elle Fanning) has just arrived in Los Angeles to try her

MOVIE REVIEW: The Nice Guys (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley   Whoever said “They don’t make them like they used to” forgot to tell Shane Black. His new film, The Nice Guys (2016), is both a throwback to summer blockbusters of yesteryear and also definitively a modern Shane Black film. In 1977 Los Angeles, private detective Holland March (Ryan

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