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First Night in the New House Review

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Here’s a quick review for some quick horror! You know that creepy feeling you get when you move to a completely new place for the first time? New people, new town, everything is alien. First Night capitalizes on that sense of unease, focusing on a family who, you’ll never guess, spends their first night in their new home. Although the picture only lasts for a quick five minutes, it is notably well directed and leaves you wanting more by the time the credits roll.  Continue reading First Night in the New House Review

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Bridge of Spies Review

Bridge of Spies (2015)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan

Can’t Bridge the Plot Lines Gap

By Mason Manuel

When I heard the news that Spielberg would be teaming up with Tom Hanks to bring a new historical drama to the screen, I was all but frothing at the mouth in excitement. Saving Private Ryan is in my opinion the greatest war film ever made and the thought of being given a new one, this time focusing on the Cold War as opposed to WWII wad a dream bridgecome true. Perhaps because of this, I walked out of the theatre slightly disappointed. While my hype levels were certainly too high to be met, the worst thing is that Bridge of Spies has so much potential and never fully capitalizes on it. Continue reading Bridge of Spies Review

Sicario Review

Sicario (2015)

Directed by Denis Villenevue

Starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin

  Not a Hit…Man

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            Are my puns getting tiresome? If you have to ask I guess… yeah. You know what else is getting tiresome? Underdeveloped female characters. Especially when they have so much potential by being played by talented actresses. Unfortunately this plus some drastic pacing issues makes mediocrity of what would otherwise be a rather entertaining movie. Continue reading Sicario Review

The Phantom of the Opera (2004) Review

Phantom of the Opera (2004)

Directed by Joel Schumacher

Starring: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson

Music of the Heart

By Mason Manuel

Based on the hit Broadway play, Phantom of the Opera has a lot to live up to in terms of its potential and fan base. Placed tentatively in the hands of Joel p1Schumacher and a relatively unknown (at the time) cast, the film could easily be called to coin toss picture of 2004. But despite all the odds working against it… Phantom is a faithful adaptation that does the play justice and can sit as both the director’s and the performers’ masterpiece. If you have trouble reading something that says Joel Shumacher created a masterpiece, please, allow me to explain. Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera (2004) Review