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22 Jump Street – Movie Review

Note: this review is featured on the Phoenix Film Festival’s website. It’s rare to find a mainstream comedy sequel as progressive, character-driven, and self-aware as 22 Jump Street. With those going for it, the film didn’t even need to be funny. But it is, hilarious even, demonstrating that buddy cop films can offer something new and… Read more »

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Movie Review

Note: this review is featured on the Phoenix Film Festival’s website. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an improvement on its predecessor, a sequel that focuses on advancing character and plot rather than rehashing ideas from the previous film. The first film in the series established a relationship growing between Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), a timid Viking… Read more »

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The Lego Movie – Movie Review

The Lego Movie was supposed to be a blatant product advertisement that demonstrated how capitalism interferes with the entertainment industry. Instead, it’s subversive, satiric, bitingly self-aware, and an absolute blast. What could’ve been delegated as a children’s tale turns into a wonderfully realized adventure that challenges every notion of adventure films, distorting the reality of superheroes,… Read more »

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The Best Supporting Actors of 2013

1. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Creating one of the most petrifying villains I’ve seen in years, Michael Fassbender plays Edwin Epps, a sadistic slaveowner who takes in Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) after he’s been almost killed at another plantation. Epps treats his slaves even more brutally, often savagely beating them for not meeting quota while… Read more »

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The Wolf of Wall Street – Movie Review

The Wolf of Wall Street is gluttonous, over-indulgent, misogynistic, and coke-addled, much like its main character. Martin Scorsese’s rampant, viciously entertaining film runs 179 minutes and tells the story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young gun who goes to Wall St. in hopes of making a success out of his life. Lo and behold, he… Read more »

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If this really is the end, then we’re in for one hell of a laugh. Not only standing as the funniest film of the year, This is the End provides another remarkable look at friendship and its divisions amongst men, much like Rogen and Goldberg’s previous efforts. Here stands an apocalyptic comedy in which every actor plays… Read more »