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The Northman Review |

The Northman Review |

The Northman is an epic Shakespearean tale of revenge that amazes with its impressive photography and production value.  Watching The Northman is the closest thing to traveling through time. The film manages to capture the historical period and mythology of the Vikings with a breathtaking level of accuracy. In this Amleth, a Viking prince, seeks revenge after his father is murdered by his uncle. On a basic level, that synopsis may remind people of Shakespeare’s Hamlet or Disney’s The Lion King, but this film takes its own route. With every single frame the film reaffirms that you are about to…
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Promising Young Woman Review | A Kick in the Balls

Promising Young Woman Review | A Kick in the Balls

Divisive and necessary, Promising Young Woman is a rollercoaster ride full of humor, jaw dropping moments and a twist that still has me traumatized days later. A message that absolutely needs to be told but one that will surely be attacked by toxic masculinity and machismo as the film does not try to soften the blow it deals to the male ego. The message: all men are a problem. Carey Mulligan stars as "Cassandra" in director Emerald Fennell’s PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN, a Focus Features release. Credit: Courtesy of Focus Features Traumatized by an event from her past, Cassandra dropped out…
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Half Brothers Review | A Fun Tale Muddled by Waring Tones

Half Brothers Review | A Fun Tale Muddled by Waring Tones

Half Brothers is a fun take on the road trip narrative that simultaneously tackles some very serious issues plaguing immigrants in the U.S. today. This fact, unfortunately, muddles the tone of the film and causes it to bounce back and forth between absurdist humor and a heartbreaking social injustice drama rather than living in a happy middle ground. I found myself both amused and emotionally rocked by it but neither ever felt like they belonged in the same film, though I’m sure they could. Luis Gerardo Mendez (left) stars as "Renato" and Connor Del Rio (right) stars as "Asher" in…
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