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Wednesday, November 22

The Man Who Invented Christmas - Review

R: November 22nd, 2017 | R: 104 minutes | R: PG

Ok you guys. You know I love Christmas, yes I'm watching all the cheesy Christmas movies, yes I am listening to Christmas music, Yes I'm drinking peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes everyday.
I was so excited for this movie and had such high hopes but I was so let down...

The movie follows Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens, Beauty and the Beast) as he's riding the wave of success from Oliver Twist, he's had a few flops since - while drowning in debt is trying to write his next hit. He gains inspiration for his next book, A Christmas Carol, from people he randomly meets like Scrooge (Christopher Plummer). The story goes back and forth from Charles' childhood where he worked in a factory to the present where he still struggles with relationships in his family from his father to his wife.

They tried to portray Charles as an eccentric and troubled person, maybe he was like that...idk but I feel like it was over the top. It was really hard to watch the scenes from his childhood working 12 hour days in chemical factories. I was just like this is too much for a Christmas movie! There was no joy until the end when the book is finally done and it's Christmas.

I would not take a child to this movie, there are some disturbing images and they might have nightmares. I left the theater depressed and felt the exactly opposite of how I thought I would feel. Did you see it? Did you like it? Would you have rather just had another Christmas Carol movie? (I know I would!)

I'm just gonna watch Elf 100 times until I feel better!

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

AshleyK Ashley K. (Contributor) is a frequent traveler currently living in San Diego. She's a super nerd who enjoys all kinds of movies and doesn't always think the book was better.
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Review

R: November 22nd, 2017 | R: 121 minutes | R: R

Rating: 4 out of 5

Lauren Lauren (Contributor) is born and raised in South Jersey. When she isn’t yelling at Philly sports teams on the TV, she enjoys seeing the latest action films and true crime documentaries.
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Friday, November 17

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Justice League - Review

R: November 17th, 2017 | R: 119 minutes | R: PG-13

When Steppenwolf (voiced by CiarĂ¡n Hinds) invades earth to combine the powers of the three mother boxes, Bruce Wayne (played by Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (played by Gal Gadot) are forced to unite a League of meta-humans to fight the greater power. While this League of heroes is rushed together, they all quickly realize that the only way they can save the world from this cosmic attack is to join together as the Justice League.

Justice League was partially directed by Zack Snyder (who previously directed “Watchmen” and “Sucker Punch”), but then due to a family emergency was picked up by Joss Whedon (who previously directed “The Avengers” and “Serenity”). Joss Whedon performed many reshoots and plot changes which worried fans. While the DC Extended Universe has had a rough start, with “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League”, I think it is taking a great step in the right direction. I really had an enjoyable time with this film. To start with the actual League itself, I thought Ben Affleck’s (previously seen in “Gone Girl” and “The Town”) Batman is absolutely fantastic. His character is such a different Batman than previous iterations, he is an aged and worn out character (as previously seen in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice). I also really enjoyed Gal Gadot’s (previously seen in “Furious 7” and “Keeping Up with the Joneses”) portrayal as Wonder Woman. She had the same flare as seen earlier this year in her solo film, and it was still just as great. On the other hand I felt really that Cyborg stood out as a weak character. His character was not relatable or likable. I honestly found him very bland and forgettable. The only other character I had a problem with was Steppenwolf. His motives were very unclear and while he did seem like an important character, I think he will be quickly forgotten.

Now this film feels like you are actually in a comic book right from the start. The tone and visual aesthetic is brilliant. But what could have improved this film is if the story did more than scrape the surface level. When I am saying this I am not saying that I was expecting some insane art house film, rather I was hoping for this movie to just go a little deeper than it did. I also found quite a few scenes overly simple or convenient. I assume this was due to the many scenes cut from this film in order to receive a two hour run time. And the last story problem I had was during the third act a character is introduced and he seems very shoehorned into the story. While he had been seen in the DCEU before, I felt that he was taking me out of the film. It was disappointing because I really liked what I had seen from him in previous films and his character in this film let me down.

One more noticeable issue I found with this film was the CGI. It was not horrendous, but it was heavily noticeable. At some scenes it reminded me of video game cutscenes rather than an actual film. And Cyborg’s CGI was the most distracting. I am not sure what the artist were thinking when designing his character. His armor looks like something from an early 2000’s video game.

To wrap this review up, Justice League is a fun ride. I definitely recommend all comic fans to give this one a watch. It is not as great as “Wonder Woman” (2017), but it is a major step in the right direction for Warner Brother’s superhero universe. Like I did mention before, the story is not fantastic. But it is epic seeing all of your favorite DC heroes team up on the big screen in live action form for the first time. And as a side note make sure to stay till the end credits to watch two end credit scenes...they are worth it.

Rating: 3.9 out of 5

Cabell Cabell (Contributor) is a filmmaker from Tampa, Florida. He will watch just about any film but when he's not reviewing the latest hits he spends time directing films of his own.
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Clearly compromised from director Zack Snyder’s original vision by reshoots and studio tinkering, including a saddeningly weak villain and some of the cheesiest dialogue you'll hear all year. The compact running time keeps the adventure moving fast and the light tone makes it pleasant and easy to watch, even if it’s seldom completely engaging. Flash (Ezra Miller) is the definite standout among a stellar cast, while Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) are surprisingly nice additions to the already stacked team of superheroes. Ben Affleck as Batman is done with the DC Extended Universe and he honestly brings nothing to the table in this movie.

There is a moment at the beginning of Justice League that reminded me of Snyder's touch, the sensation that only he can give to a comic book movie, and then it went away for the rest of the film. That moment was to be replaced with bad CGI and general inconsistency. While you could switch to autopilot and enjoy the mindless entertainment thrown at you, the disappointing takeaway is that JUSTICE LEAGUE doesn't feel whole. It feels empty, devoid of what could have been and a fresh DC look that we may never experience.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Gerardo Gerardo (Contributor) is a film student living in Philadelphia. He usually prefers independent and classic films, but he will watch anything in theaters.
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Wonder - Review

R: November 17th, 2017 | R: 113 minutes | R: PG

Oh boy...here we go
If you see this movie bring tissues or stock up on napkins at the concessions counter

Wonder is a movie about a boy, Auggie (August) played by Jacob Tremblay who has Treacher Collins syndrome, which after several plastic surgeries, leaves Auggie with facial deformities. He is 12 and is going to school for the first time. He's starting middle school and has to make friends and overcome bullies, which i mean - we've all been to middle school and know that is not a fun experience.

Owen Wilson was hilarious as Auggie's dad and Julia Roberts was of course amazing as his strong mother who never gives up on him. I liked they showed the relationship with his sister and the friends that he makes. I felt very invested with all of the characters and felt a lot of different emotions, from laughter to tears and also just wanting to protect Auggie from the harshness of the world.

This movie has a lot of lessons and would be good to take your kids to - they will definitely understand the message. If you see this movie please comment below and let me know that you liked it! I think anyone will enjoy this movie and remember - choose kind!

Rating: 4 out of 5

AshleyK Ashley K. (Contributor) is a frequent traveler currently living in San Diego. She's a super nerd who enjoys all kinds of movies and doesn't always think the book was better.
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Allow me to preface this review by stating that it will not contain a score rating.

After all, how can you rate what feels like it's yours? I'm unable to quantify the quality or enjoyment I perceived from WONDER because it more often than not felt very personal. Time and time again I would relate to experiences onscreen felt by the film's warmhearted, ill-tempered protagonist, only to discover how a juxtaposition of our lives would reveal their undesirable proximity. Granted, the plot is Hollywoodized to no end and the script is, at its worst, deceitful and manipulative, but there is something to be said in WONDER about humane empathy, self-love, and the kindness of people.

I sense something special about this Stephen Chbosky film that I did not with his previous effort THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, and that is the realistic convention of what a blissful fulfillment can be extrapolated from kindness. From personal experience, doubt and insecurity are undisputed rulers in disabled people's minds, especially those of us suffering from facial defects. A hunger for ever-constant validation from society is never quite nourished, but it can be alleviated through words and acts of good, of the type of honest kindness that is gentle to the touch. WONDER excellently showcases these moments, while sympathizing with the fact that they aren't at all common; instead, they exist far and few between the masses of weird looks, insults, and inappropriate comments that Chbosky also naively displays.

Not to paint an infallible picture, Chbosky does permeate WONDER with shortcomings. Much of it is keen on making you feel something in place of telling a story, a sacrifice that should be made with a more balanced mind. Characters feel redundant, character decisions feel contrived, and the humor can be an unhealthy dose of hit and miss. Nonetheless, the movie rises above its flaws, much like the titular boy with the scarring disease, and Chbosky finds a way to make you laugh and cry, often both at the same time.

WONDER is, in fact, a mirror. More than the cheesy "feel good movie" label it will unanimously be given, it is a triumphant accomplishment that feels vulnerable, terrifying, and relieving all at once. Perhaps a review isn't the platform for such a statement, but something has to be said about the comforting representation that this film provides. It was never pitched as a relatable, universal story, except for the empathetic plot line of dealing with the illness of a loved one. No, it is not even meant to amount to much at the box office, except for its star power draw. WONDER is a film that speaks on its own, that speaks for us, and our incurable state of incompletion. It is the raising of a hand that carries blame, scars, and tears; just to say that we're here, we're present.

Rating: N/A

Gerardo Gerardo (Contributor) is a film student living in Philadelphia. He usually prefers independent and classic films, but he will watch anything in theaters.
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Mudbound - Review

R: November 17th, 2017 | R: 134 minutes | R: R

As we continue to face ubiquitous racism on a day-to-day basis, here in 2017, it's pretty jarring to see a film that addresses it head-on and realize that -- while slavery was abolished so long ago -- we haven't progressed as much as we'd like to think.

Mudbound is the story of a well-read, firey young lady by the name of Laura (Carey Mulligan). Shortly after she meets the man who would become her husband, Henry McAllan (Jason Clarke), his brother, Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) is drafted as a fighter pilot to fly in WWII.

Henry is the type of husband that -- here in 2017 -- would likely sleep on the sofa pretty often. Back in the Depression Era, a good man was -- I guess -- even harder to find, and women were staunch believers in the "stand by your man" principle. All of that said, Henry, in bed one night, casually drops into conversation that he's uprooting their family and moving to a house on the farm he purchased.

I admire Laura for her restraint in not smothering him in the night.
Piling the kids in the car, along with Henry's massively bigoted father, Pappy (Jonathan Banks), they leave behind their happy home for a new life. Surprise surprise when Henry, the savvy business man he is, finds out he was swindled on the deal and the new home they're headed for is already inhabited by a man who I would liberally describe as unfriendly.

Fortunately, there's a house -- er, a shack -- on the farm that they can stay in. This place can best be described as an oozing hellscape.
Not far from there, in another, smaller home, are the Jacksons. Hap (Rob Morgan) and Florence (Mary J. Blige) -- along with their children -- work on the McAllans' farm, often going above and beyond the call of duty. They, too, are awaiting the safe return of a loved one -- their son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) -- to safely return from the nightmare of war.

When the day finally arrives that these men come marching home, their reception is lackluster at best, and hostile at worst. Finding camaraderie in their time spent in battle, Ronsel Jackson and Jamie McAllen strike up an unheard of friendship at the dismay of everyone in town, but especially, Pappy.
Their bond will be tested in an excruciating fashion before it's all said and done.

Mudbound is extraordinarily well done. In a time when our already shaky foundation as a country is crumbling atop a crust of rampant nationalism, this is a film that needs to be seen. Not only is it and incredible story, but it speaks to a three different generations -- each of which has their own experience with race riots.

Months ago, Nazis marched through Charlottesville, Virginia and the current "president" defended them. It's an ongoing problem and movies like Mudbound are profoundly deep statements of the evil that still lurks in broad daylight.

If you disagree, consider this -- Jordan Peele's Get Out is nominated for a Golden Globe for best Comedy. This plight is not satirical. Mudbound is available for streaming on Netflix November 17th.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Katie Katie (Contributor) is a cinephile and Chicago native who has been reviewing film for nearly a decade. Her heroes include Roger Ebert and Jay Sherman -- it stinks!
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