Review – The Cloverfield Paradox

by Armando Vanegas

The Cloverfield movie series is such an interesting blank check franchise because there’s no shortage of good ideas by making this an anthology series as it gives more freedom for whatever stories that the filmmakers want to tell. I would have been fine if this was one movie about a monster attacking a city but they decided to expand on this and made a great followup in 10 Cloverfield Lane.

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Review – Tyler Perry’s “Acrimony”

by Armando Vanegas

Tyler Perry’s Acrimony stars Taraji P. Henson as Melinda, a woman in a struggling marriage to Robert, an aspiring inventor. After feeling wronged, Melinda attempts to get what she feels she’s owed from Robert by any means necessary. That’s more or less what the story is about but we also learn how these two got together and what led to what went wrong in their marriage. Even though this sounds like something more nuanced or grounded considering who made it, it’s still the same ol Tyler Perry movie but there’s more ridiculousness than usual.

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Review – American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)

by Kevin Muller

Ryan Murphy has been a gift from God for FX.  Over the past eight years he has given us American Horror Story, Feud, Glee, and most recently 9-1-1. Four out of the five mentioned have won countless awards. In 2016, Murphy gave us a new series called American Crime Story, which was about the trial of OJ Simpson. As with Feud and American Horror Story, each season has its own story with its own characters and conflicts. The series won countless awards for acting and as a series overall.  Once again, it was a major win for FX. What would Murphy follow up with for season 2? There were ramblings about Katrina, which will now be season 3, but he ultimately decided to look at the death of Gianni Versace and the hunt for his murderer, Andrew Cunanan. Murphy, a proud and outed gay man, would definitely give one of the gay community’s greatest icons the proper treatment, right? Well, that is where the series becomes conflicted. It isn’t with the acting. All the actors, including Edgar Ramirez, as the title character; Penelope Cruz, as his sister Donatella, and even Ricky Martin, as Versace’s lover, Antonio D’Amico, are all fantastic. The production value is incredible to boot. Even Darren Criss, more on him later, is career defining as Cunanan. The problem lies that the title character isn’t really the main focus of the piece, and when he is, the story is incredibly fragile.

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A24 – Summer Preview

LEAN ON PETE
Release Date: April 6th

Directed By:             Andrew Haigh
Written By:              Andrew Haigh (Screenplay), Willy Vlautin (Novel)
Starring:                    Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi

Rating:                        R for language and brief violence
Running Time:        121 minutes

From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete-a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse.

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