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‘Sicario’ boasts near-perfect performances onscreen and off

By Jerome Daniel Casio

October 1, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s new thriller, “Sicario,” opens with a rescue attempt led by FBI agent Kate Macer (played by Emily Blunt).She abruptly arrives in fashion — by crashing an armored truck through the front door — and swiftly do...

‘The Scorch Trials’ transitions toward formula YA

By Grant Hermanns

September 22, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

In the last five years, films based on young adult novels have made quite the splash at the box office, with such films as "Divergent," "The Hunger Games" and the more recent "Maze Runner" films.When the first "Runner" film was released, ...

Shyamalan visits his roots

By Jerome Daniel Casio

September 17, 2015

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When “The Sixth Sense” came out in 1999, director-screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan immediately became the new face of horror. He basked in the glory and rubbed shoulders with the big wigs, after being nominated for ...

A different look at comedy and action’s biggest stars in ‘Spy’

By Jerome Daniel Casio

June 9, 2015

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Teaming up again to bring R-rated, raunchy comedy to the big screen are the talented duo behind 2011's "Bridesmaids," director-screenwriter Paul Feig and his muse, Melissa McCarthy. But with "Spy," they both venture into territory they haven...

‘Insidious’ offers its most terrifying chapter yet

By Grant Hermanns

June 9, 2015

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Prequels are tough stories to accomplish properly and are an even tougher feat in the horror genre, which has seen very few prequels. Fortunately, Leigh Whannell has developed a phenomenal prequel in the third entry of the "Insidiou...

Ambition, not imagination, comes to fruition in ‘Tomorrowland’

By Jerome Daniel Casio

May 27, 2015

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Director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof were given the task of creating a well-realized universe that would be visually unbelievable but, in every other way, conceivable in "Tomorrowland" — named after one of Disneyland...

‘Poltergeist’ is a respectful remake

By Grant Hermanns

May 25, 2015

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In the film industry, remakes are, unfortunately, inevitable. When news breaks that a classic film is going to be remade, one can only hope that it can come close to capturing the essence of the original. This is especially true in t...

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ pumps new, visceral life into franchise

By Jerome Daniel Casio

May 22, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

In 1979, director George Miller brought the post-apocalyptic world of “Mad Max” to life with a vigorous composition of practical stunts and visual flare that then produced two more sequels.After 30 years, Miller retu...

Tyler, the Creator offers new style in ‘Cherry Bomb’

By Grant Hermanns

May 6, 2015

Filed under Arts, Reviews

It's been two years since rapper, Tyler, the Creator, dropped his last album, 'Wolf.' In that time, he shows he has been able to develop a different style for his latest release, 'Cherry Bomb.'The newest album marks the third one released through his label Odd Future Records and ...

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