Weekly Movie Review: Booksmart

By Ben Pivoz Two best friends, on the night before high school graduation, try to make up for four years of staying home or going to the library with one wild night of partying. This basic plotline has been used countless times, involving sex, drugs, alcohol and all sorts of shenanigans. The vast majority of…

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Weekly Movie Review: Tolkien

By Ben Pivoz Tolkien has a story which is only interesting because of what its subject went on to do. It is a biopic about Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien covering his teenage years, with a focus on his bond with three other boys and how his experiences helped inspire his future writing.…

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Weekly Movie Review: Longshot

By Ben Pivoz I have said before that, for me anyway, romantic comedies succeed almost solely based on the likability of its stars. If viewers can become invested in them, it is easy to root for their romance. The right casting makes that task far smoother. I like Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron. Rogen can…

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Weekly Movie Review: Family

  By Ben Pivoz There are a lot of movies about estranged relatives bonding after they are forced to spend time together. This year there have already been multiple movies (What Men Want and Little) about hard-working businesswomen learning what really matters in their lives. Family mixes those two concepts into a comedy that almost,…

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Weekly Movie Review: Missing Link

By Ben Pivoz When people discuss American feature animation, they tend to talk about Pixar or Disney. Those two certainly have had the longest track records of success. However, over the last decade, stop-motion animation company Laika has made a case for belonging in that conversation. Their first four outings (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and…

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Weekly Movie Review: The Mustang

By Ben Pivoz The Mustang is an intimate character study about a man, shut off from the outside world both physically and emotionally, who finds purpose by bonding with a creature as wild as he is. It is a quiet story about guilt, acceptance and the possibility for our prison system to reform people. It…

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Weekly Movie Review: Dumbo

By Ben Pivoz Photos courtesy Ben Pivoz Between the MCU, Star Wars, Pixar and their own back catalog, Disney is on a quest for world domination without actually having to come up with any new ideas. In 2019, the studio will be releasing three live-action adaptations of their previous animated hits. First up is a…

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Weekly Movie Review: Gloria Bell

By Ben Pivoz Photos courtesy Ben Pivoz Julianne Moore is a very expressive actress. No matter if she is playing action, comedy or drama, she tends to wear her emotions on her sleeves. Whether it is anger, fear, happiness, she allows the audience to decipher what she is going through based on her reactions, instead…

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Weekly Movie Review: Wonder Park

By Ben Pivoz Photos courtesy Ben Pivoz Though a theme park is a business made to capitalize on the idea of spending some time in a fantasy land, they do require a great deal of genuine imagination. Someone has to think up concepts, structure, layout, design, as well as the stories behind the attractions. Despite…

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Weekly Movie Review: Captain Marvel

By Ben Pivoz Photos courtesy Ben Pivoz Following the cataclysmic events from Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel has kept fans on edge wondering what will happen next. With Avengers: Endgame only seven weeks away, they decided to tease people even harder with their latest action spectacular, Captain Marvel. Taking place in 1995, it acts as a…

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