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NP Approved it comes at night

It Comes At Night is, without a doubt, the best film of 2017 thus far. Riveting, engrossing, spellbinding – just a few words to describe It Comes At Night. With great performances from the entire cast, namely Joel Edgerton as a quiet, mysterious, “whatever needs to be done to protect my family “type of character. And honestly, that’s…

Reviews rough night

Don’t expect anything remotely subversive with Rough Night, a mash-up of Weekend at Bernie’s, Very Bad Things, The Hangover, and Bridesmaids. Instead, expect an edge-free, surface-deep, faux-raunchfest that too often misses the mark humor and drama wise. Directed and co-written by Lucia Aniello (Time Traveling Bong, Broad City), making her…

Reviews cars 3

It’s been six, not-so-long years since Pixar’s second-to-last major misstep (The Last Dinosaur gets the most recent nod), Cars 2, arrived in multiplexes to thrill and entertain moviegoers, albeit with an ulterior intention foremost in Pixar’s collective minds: Sell more Cars-related merchandise. Between Cars in 2006 and Cars 2…

Reviews The Mummy

Studios never learn. With Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC launching shared cinematic universes respectively, banking billions at the box office in the process, their Hollywood-based rivals were bound to try to do the same thing or die trying (metaphorically speaking). Paramount, for example, has plans in place expand…

NP Approved wonder woman

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have stepped into history with a monumental accomplishment in Wonder Woman. Hollywood’s gender disparities and deep rooted sexism have made it all but impossible for a woman filmmaker to pursue her vision, especially if that dream is filmmaking on a massive scale. Specifically, in the…

Reviews letters from baghdad

Letters from Baghdad documents the life of the extraordinary Gertrude Bell, an accomplished mountaineer, archaeologist, intelligence officer, and maybe even spy. Directed with obvious affection by Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum, Tilda Swinton as the voice of Bell reads excerpts from her letters and diaries, accompanied…

Reviews captain underpants

Not all superheroes wear spandex. Not all superheroes wear their underwear on the outside (Superman did until recently). Some superheroes only wear underpants and nothing else. Correction: Only one superhero wears underpants without a spandex costume underneath and – appropriately enough – he goes by Captain…

Reviews wonder woman

The Holy Trinity. No, not the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit of Christianity, but Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, DC Comics’ oldest, most iconic superheroes. DC’s Holy Trinity debuted over a comics-redefining four-year span, Superman in 1938, Batman in 1939, and Wonder Woman two years later, but while…

Reviews baywatch

Six writers receive onscreen credits for Baywatch, the Seth Gordon-directed (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters) big-screen adaptation of the ‘90s TV-series that time forgot. Somehow those six writers, two credited for the screenplay (Damian Shannon, Mark Swift), four credited with…

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