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Fargo | Joel & Ethan Coen

March 25, 2020

The brilliance in the work of Joel and Ethan Coen comes from the brothers’ ability to find balance in the seemingly contradictory nature of life. The Coens love contrasts: those of plot and character and those having to do with the visual art of filmmaking itself. In the Coens universe, every “yin” has its “yang.” And no film exemplifies this more than 1996’s Fargo, arguably the brothers first masterpiece — and inarguably the breakthrough that finally revealed the beating heart…

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The Hunt | Craig Zobel

After a six month delay resulting from various media outlets labelling the film, sight unseen, as “dangerous Liberal propaganda,” Craig Zobel’s horror-comedy The Hunt finally makes its way to theaters. In an inspired move, producer Jason Blum took a page out of the William…

March 25, 2020
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Onward | Dan Scanlon

There is a lot wrong with Onward, Pixar’s highly uninspired 22nd feature film. Its most surprising fault, though, is its complete lack of detail. Sure, it remains present aesthetically, in its gorgeous photorealistic backdrops and in each carefully tousled hair atop the head of…

March 10, 2020
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Downhill | Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

The majority of American moviegoers probably have no idea that the new comedy Downhill is a remake of 2014’s French/Swedish co-production Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostlund. And so, in an bid at fairness and imagination, this review will attempt to abstain from comparison…

February 18, 2020
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Sonic the Hedgehog | Jeff Fowler

“I’m not in the mood to get probed today.” “You think you’re worried? I’m not even wearing pants!” And so goes the humor of Sonic the Hedgehog, 2020’s adaptation of the classic ‘90’s SEGA video game. That conversation takes place between our furry hero…

February 17, 2020
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