Review: “The Wife”

Over the last few years female empowerment has reached a whole new level of relevance on the national stage. Feminism, neo-feminism, and the #MeToo movement have all played a hand in trying to inspire women to be stronger than the limits society has set upon them. While several films have touched on this movement one movie in particular that was released just a few weeks ago has quickly become a favorite and has begun to earn respect as a modern feminist classic. That film is “The Wife”. Based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer “The Wife” has gained a lot of attention for shedding some light on the sacrifices a wife makes for the sake of her husband’s success and the performances alone have made it a must see according to critics. With all the buzz surrounding it I final got to see it for myself and the big question is does “The Wife” balance its social commentary with grace or is it just another heavy-handed film living off the emotional weight of a modern movement? Let’s take a look. This is my review of “The Wife”.

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Review: “A Star is Born”

While a lot of films have amazed me over the years it takes a special movie and story to leave me sitting as the credits role taking a moment to fully absorb what I just watched. That was my reaction last night after I was privileged to view the local premier showing of “A Star is Born”, the fourth incarnation of a classic story of two artists falling in love and how fame and fortune impacts their love life. There’s been a lot of buzz around this movie. It’s Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, it’s a modern take on a classic that was remade twice already and now it’s received early Oscar buzz as awards season approaches. I may have already given away my thoughts on the film in this intro alone but I have a review to do and besides the question still remains: does “A Star is Born” live up to the hype? Let’s take a look. This in my review of “A Star is Born”.

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Review: “Hell Fest”

It is October so it should surprise no one that at least one cheaply made horror film is in theaters right now. We usually get at least ONE every year around this season and this year we have “Hell Fest”, a slasher film that honestly has a pretty cool premise. What would it be like if a horror themed park became the site of a real murder? The setup offers a lot of opportunities for creativity and scares and maybe even some commentary on the obsession that people have with the macabre and horror in general. Or it could just be a bland slasher offering that wastes it potential. Which one is it? Well the park is open and I decided to find out for myself. This is my review of “Hell Fest”.

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Top 10 Zombie Movies

October is horror month here at Cinema Spotlight and throughout the month I’ll be posting a variety of different horror-themed countdowns to explore the best this genre of fear and suspense has to offer. That said what better place to start than with one of the most popular horror genres of recent years, the zombie movie? It’s the perfect time for it too seeing as “The Walking Dead” returns this weekend. So maybe some of these cinematic features can serve as a warm up for our return to the zombie apocalypse on Sunday. The zombie craze, while dying down, is still in full force so today I’m going to explore the best cinematic features that incorporate the concept in their stories. These are my picks for the Top 10 Zombie Movies.

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Box Office Breakdown: Sept. 28-30, 2018

This past weekend offered some great competition for the top movie at the box office with a new animated feature, a new comedy and a new horror movie all debuting in the final weekend of a successful September. After “Crazy Rich Asians” pretty much owned August we saw three different movies top the box office in the first three weekends of September. So did this past weekend give us September’s fourth different #1 or did the streak break with another repeat winner? Let’s take a look in this week’s Box Office Breakdown.

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Top 20 Movie Moments of All Time

Movies provide us with a chance to escape and enjoy possibilities, realities, and awakenings the real world can’t ever quite replicate. While only a few films have ever managed to resonate as a whole project many contain single scenes or moments that have had lasting appeal and have become ingrained in pop culture, in some cases for decades. Throughout the month of September I have been exploring some of the best of these moments in the history of film. After exploring seven decades of film and the classics that preceded the 50s the time has come for my picks of the best of the best. A total of 36 moments qualified for consideration to be on this ultimate list. Now let’s take a look at the ones that impressed or left a strong enough impact to earn recognition beyond their decade. At long last these are my picks for the Top 20 Movie Moments of All Time.

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Review: “Smallfoot”

The Warner Animation Group has slowly become one of the more legitimate competitors against Disney in recent years taking small steps with the LEGO movie franchise and “Storks” to prove itself as the latest incarnation of WB’s animation studio. So, it’s fitting that those small steps would lead to a new animation feature called “Smallfoot” which, despite my horrendous failure of calling it a Sony film in last week’s Box Office Breakdown, is in fact Warner Animation Group’s newest offering. Taking a subversive take on the legends of Bigfoot and the Yeti “Smallfoot” sought to continue to legitimize Warner Animation Group as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.  Does it succeed? Let’s find out in my review of “Smallfoot”.

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Review: “Night School”

I say it all the time, if you’ve read my blog you know that comedy is not exactly my favorite genre. It’s a hit or miss grouping of films that can be sophisticated and smart or absolutely stupid and nonsensical. But what happens when a movie falls in between? Enter “Night School”, a new feature staring Kevin Hart and the always hilarious Tiffany Haddish. A lot of times it’s the stars that make the movie but while star power does mean a lot in comedies the film also has to be interesting and funny. With that in mind “Night School” offered up a promise with a lot of potential to take full advantage of the capabilities of its leading man and lady. So, does this movie shine and do justice to the talent involved or is it just another humorless waste of time? Let’s look closer. This is my review of “Night School”.

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Top 10 Movie Moments of the 2010s (So Far)

While we still have one more year in the 2010s this decade has already provided some awesome movie moments worth checking out. Despite being an era filled with franchises, remakes, reboots and tired ideas the 2010s have managed to form their own identity by upping the ante in almost every genre giving us some moments that pay homage to the past and other moments that remind us that even if the property isn’t original the twists, turns and smaller moments can still stand out in the right hands. Even though we have one more year for movies to offer us some memorable scenes and moments today I’ll be concluding my series of cinema’s greatest moments by looking at the best of the current decade. These are my picks for the Top 10 Movie Moments of the 2010s (So Far).

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Trailer Breakdown: “Dark Phoenix”

The long awaited new “X-Men” trailer is here as the first look at “Dark Phoenix” premiered last night giving us a peak at the second big screen interpretation of the Dark Phoenix Saga from the comics. After the failure that was “X-Men: Apocalypse” a few years ago that actually teased the Phoenix at the end of the film fans have eagerly awaited the next move for the franchise. Originally we weren’t supposed to wait this long. The film was initially slated for a 2018 release. However the release got pushed back, reshoots were done, Disney succeeded in its acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s movie properties and now we finally get our first peak at what we can expect from the final product. So let’s break down the first trailer for what could possibly be the last film in the 20th Century Fox era of “X-Men” features. Let me know you’re thoughts on the trailer for “Dark Phoenix” and as always you can view the trailer at the end of this breakdown.

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Review: “Assassination Nation”

Ever since I saw the first trailer for “Assassination Nation” I was hooked. I loved the concept teased in the trailers, the cast looked promising and I’m always a sucker for a project filled with great social commentary. Not everyone has latched on to the idea though which resulted in this film flopping at the box office over the weekend. It’s certainly not a movie for the faint of heart as films like this usually tend to be overlooked due to pretentiousness or a lack of substance. So does “Assassination Nation” deserve to be ignored or is it a gem being overlooked by a society desperately in need of a wakeup call they refuse to embrace? Let’s take a look. This is my review of “Assassination Nation”.

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Top 10 Movie Moments of the 2000s

The 2000s was a time of interesting change for cinema. Popular movies and award winning films were no longer one and the same as some of the best films of each year tended to flop and some of the best moments in those films were only recognized in hindsight. It was also a time where superhero movies experienced a significant resurgence and over the top performances were seen as more of an art than a stain on otherwise great projects. They all resulted in some of the best modern movie moments to hit the big screen to date. As we near the end of September my month-long look at the best moments in film continues with a breakdown of the last full decade of films and the moments that helped make them memorable. These are my picks for the Top 10 Movie Moments of the 2000s.

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