Author: Kimberly Pierce

Movie Review: BLACK PANTHER

Over the last handful of years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasted no time in expanding their horizons. Movies like Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy and now Black Panther are stretching the series into a new and interesting territory. With box office and critical expectations coming back incredibly high, what do you need to know about Black Panther, the latest entry to the MCU? Black Panther follows the adventures of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in the weeks following Baron Zemo’s (Daniel Brühl) attack on the United Nations and the death of his father, T’Chaka (John Kani). His problems during the...

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Movie Review: FIFTY SHADES FREED

Fifty Shades of Grey became a hot topic of pop culture conversation as soon as the first book hit shelves in 2011. The series has seen sharp criticism on everything from the writing to its depictions of women and sex. This week, the film trilogy comes to a close on a thoroughly average note with the release of Fifty Shades Freed. Fifty Shades Freed follows Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) as they finally bring their relationship to the next level… marriage. However, the lingering presence of Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) proves to be a problem...

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Movie Review: PETER RABBIT

Peter Rabbit is a book series which looms large in the hearts of many. Even if you haven’t read the stories, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the character, and have likely seen the art. So, the fact that a film version coming to the screen is being met with some varied reactions seems interesting. Is the new movie a big screen bastardization of the much loved books? What should you know before taking the kids (or yourself!) to see Peter Rabbit? Peter Rabbit follows the famous rabbit family, led by Peter (James Corden). Along for the ride are Flopsy (Margot Robbie),...

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LUCIFER Recap: (S03E14) My Brother’s Keeper

Lucifer opens as a man bursts into a room, “What do you got for me?”. Another man looks him over, opening a briefcase full of diamonds. However, the moment is interrupted by a call. Stumbling to silence his phone, the man drops it. An LAPD phone number flashes on the screen. Is he a cop? It turns out he’s just Ella’s (Aimee Garcia) brother. Is the young man in danger? Later, Ella visits Chloe’s (Lauren German) apartment. However, she’s not there to see Chloe. It’s Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) she’s looking for. It seems her brother is missing… and Maze is...

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Sundance Film Festival: COLETTE

As soon as the marketing for Colette began to break, anticipation for this little period piece went through the roof. In a post #MeToo society, actress Keira Knightley hits all the right notes in the movie’s marketing, pushing the little film fully into the spotlight. How does Colette match up to the other films debuting in the stiff competition of the Sundance Film Festival? Colette follows the story of the French writer of the same name (Keira Knightley). While still a young girl, she marries the much older Willy (Dominic West). The couple lives a complicated life as he...

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Sundance Film Festival: BLAZE

The line between filmmaking and art is a fluid one. However, in his latest film Blaze, director Ethan Hawke effortlessly credits this often complicated line. The musical period piece is not only a visual work of art, but the feature film manage often raft moments of true poetry throughout its carefully executed musical sequences. While subject Blaze Foley might not be a household name, film fans should definitely add this movie to their list. Blaze follows the story of country singer Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey) during the 1970s and 1980s. The film, which follows three alternating storylines, depicts the...

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Sundance Film Festival: HEARTS BEAT LOUD

One of the trends seeming particularly hot at this year’s Sundance Film Festival is the father/daughter bond. We’ve seen this take a variety of different forms this year, but director Brett Haley’s newest film Hearts Beat Loud, is by far of the most enjoyable. The musical dramedy debuted Friday January 26th as the festival’s closing night film.  Hearts Beat Loud follows musican turned struggling record store owner Frank Fisher (Nick Offerman). After the death of his wife, it has just been Frank and his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) against the world. However, with Sam quickly approaching the start of...

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Sundance Film Festival: AMERICAN ANIMALS

Every year a few films quickly establish themselves as popular (and critical) darlings of the Sundance Film Festival. After its January 19th premiere, American Animals took a swaggering step forward as one of these favourites. The cocky heist film even secured an early distribution deal during the festival. While the film starts out with the brash and cocky flourishes of a young film-maker working at the top of his game, the movie soon gels into something interesting. While there is a lot going on in American Animals, it is the performances in the movie which ultimately sell it. At...

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Slamdance 2018: FUNNY STORY

Funny Story follows aging cult TV star Walter (Matthew Glave). Life isn’t going quite how he wishes. His first marriage crashed and burned and his family hates him. To make matters worse, his 23-year-old girlfriend (who really wanted to break up with) is now pregnant. Searching to fix the mess around him, he invites himself up to his daughter’s (Jana Winternitz) cabin for the weekend. There’s one condition… he needs to bring his daughter’s friend Kimberly (Emily Bett Rickards) up to the house. The inevitable twists and turns ensue. The film is directed by Michael J. Gallagher. from a...

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Sundance Film Festival: DAMSEL

Perhaps it is a fluke, perhaps this was longer coming than we thought, but at this year’s Sundance Film Festival we are seeing a fun of films hyping themselves as feminist. It seems delightfully timely in a #MeToo era. One of these, Damsel, is the latest movie from the Zellner Brothers. The film hypes itself as a feminist western. How does the film hold up in a genre which tends to be largely male dominated.  Damsel follows Samuel (Robert Pattinson) as he recruits a local parson (David Zellner) in hopes of rescuing and marrying his kidnapped fiancée, Penelope (Mia...

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