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12 Most-Anticipated (Non-Franchise/Reboot) Movies of 2017

Article by: Josh Bradley   Just like last year, given how much franchise films dominate the "most-anticipated movies" lists that flood the internet every January (which makes sense, given they're known entities), we find it appropriate to shine a light on some other movies due out this year. Quick Note: For the foreseeable future, it will

Movie Review: THE HANDMAIDEN (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley Way back in late September, I was in line at the Hollywood Arclight on Sunset, hoping to get a seat for an advanced screening of The Birth of a Nation, which wasn’t due out in theaters for more than a week. Particularly in Los Angeles, signing up

Movie Review: FENCES (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley Your opinion of Denzel Washington’s Fences may very well depend on your feelings about what movies are supposed to be and what they’re supposed to do. Are they supposed to simply tell a story, period amen, even if that means nothing more than setting up a camera

MOVIE REVIEW: La La Land (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley I said in my review for Moonlight that 2016 has been a pretty great year for movies (of which I still believe Moonlight is the best) despite being a pretty shitty year otherwise. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is emphatic proof of the former and yet is


Article by: Josh Bradley Almost exactly a year ago, I was the guy who excitedly pulled up the live stream of The Force Awakens red carpet premiere, grinning like a stupid little kid as Anthony Daniels and Oscar Isaac answered Star Wars trivia. I was the guy who had bought his

MOVIE REVIEW: Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley Manchester by the Sea is a masterfully-crafted misdirect. Judging from the trailers (or any of the marketing), it clearly presents itself a certain way and establishes certain audience expectations, namely that it will be an emotionally-taxing, grief-stricken journey that ultimately proves to be uplifting(ish) if not a little

MOVIE REVIEW: Loving (2016)

Article by: Josh Bradley Jeff Nichols’ movies all seem to be about normal people that find themselves pushed into extraordinary circumstances. It was the Bard who said “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em”, and looking at Take Shelter, Mud, and Midnight Special, it’s

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