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The 10th annual Elkhorn Valley/BEA D7 Film and Media Conference

 

Once, Again

 

Speaking of Unholy Abominations…

 

Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Cutting Room for May

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Fashion Backward

 

Suffragette This Is What Feminism Looks Like

Let’s start where things end: As the list of dates on which countries around the world finally recognized women’s right to vote scrolled at the end of Suffragette, the oxygen was sucked out of the room. 1971, Switzerland? Are you kidding me?! 19-frickin’-71?! Why were your morality and politics as hole-filled as your delicious cheeses?! It was a brilliant way for a sturdy and important-if-sometimes-unartful film to...


Ppz d032 06991 jm rgb-620x400 Not Enough Bite

There is some fun to be had in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, surely, but not enough to overcome a confounding lack of actual zombies. Seriously. Where the hell were all of the zombies? Juxtaposing the classic novel of manners by Jane Austen against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse is a simple enough premise that should offer simple rewards. The only brains in a movie like this should be getting eaten by...


Channing-tatum-hail-caesar-coen-brother Fun With Catholics and Communism

The funniest scene in Hail, Caesar! is a microcosm of the film’s overall genius. Foppish British director Laurence Laurentz (Ralph Fiennes) tries to get Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich), a singin’ and dancin’ cowboy movie star, to deliver a single line of dialogue in a refined, “rueful” way. They repeat the line back and forth to increasingly hilarious effect. It’s such a simple conceit, and yet the instructions...


Theassassincannes Ryan’s List Sucks

My first official top 10 films list as a film critic and, oddly enough, it comes after the first year ever that precisely 10 films stood out to me as far superior to the rest. We’ll get to my 10-best list soon enough, but first comes a reminder that the sweet isn’t as sweet without the bitter.

The Worst films of 2015

5) Kingsman: The Secret Service

There were worse films in 2015 (Paul Blart 2), but nothing was so...


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X-Men: Apocalypse

A nonstop mutant fight club with little plot, thin characters and a whole lotta fun!

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B

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