Author: Jake Landau

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Encanto (2021) – Review

Where Turning Red handles transgenerational trauma with nuance and respect, Encanto handles the topic in a naive and damaging context. The well-researched presentation of Colombian culture, history, and diversity is a great boon to...

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Turning Red (2022) – Review

Between Turning Red and Soul, Pixar is giving mainline Disney a run for its money; it is refreshing to see the respect that Pixar has for its audience. Turning Red gives kids content with...

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Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight –  A film is skillful when it can invoke great emotions from its audience. Moonlight is equally skillful in pushing the audience until they feel numb. This is an artful depiction of life...

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Sing (2016)

Sing –  Some movies try to do so many different things they can never complete anything. Today, that movie is Sing. It has never been a new concept to cram together an ensemble of...

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La La Land

La La Land –  It is not often that one might find themselves crying in the movie theater, but it is acceptable when one has found good reason. La La Land is the most beautiful...

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Shin Godzilla

The merit of Shin Godzilla as a film is that it exceeds the genre in remarkable form. That isn’t to say that Shin Godzilla is not in the possession of its own quirks or blemishes. Rather, it...

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Now You See Me 2

This film is called Now You See Me 2; Once the movie started, I wished it was called No, I Didn’t. Starring many Hollywood A-list actors who realized they needed another million dollars, this sequel to the 2013 box...

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is like a surgeon took an Olympics-level athlete and shuffled around their internal organs for kicks. Everything that is there should be there, but some of the organs are missing,...

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

After ten years of waiting, The Force Awakens brings new life to the franchise, although hampered by some key flaws. Derivative of A New Hope, The Force Awakens is one-third playing it safe, one-third an idling car, and one-third...

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

In the previews plastered all over television, Aidan Gillen’s character tells our heroes that they “won’t last one day out in the Scorch.” After seeing Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, it’s a given that...