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BLACK AND BLUE review

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The Truth Made Her a Target

Back in the hometown of her youth, Alicia West (Naomie Harris) is surviving as a rookie police officer in New Orleans.  “Black and Blue” follows her third week of duty, as she rides along through the 9th Ward with her partner Kevin (Reid Scott).  Taking one for the team, she picks-up her first night shift alongside Officer Deacon Brown (James Moses Black) as she sees a whole different side of her city.  Towards the end of the morning, a suspicious, impromptu meeting unknowingly puts her life in extreme danger.  West witnesses Continue reading

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LUCY IN THE SKY review

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How Does it Feel to be Home?

In 2007, headlines were dominated by an interesting love triangle involving multiple NASA astronauts.  “Lucy in the Sky” recounts the events that transpired in a brand new story, beginning as internally-motivated Lucy (Natalie Portman) arrives back on Earth following her trip to space.  Suffering and attempting to find her footing back on the ground, she finds herself lost and searching for something; longing to return to space where things seemed much simpler.  During her struggles, she sparks an affair with Continue reading

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JOKER review

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Put On a Happy Face

Over the years, we have been treated with numerous cinematic versions of the Joker aka the Clown Prince of Gotham.  On the heels of Heath Ledger’s legendary performance, Joaquin Phoenix is tasked to follow with a version of his own.  “Joker” follows a struggling man in Gotham City, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), as he survives the harsh times by working as a clown.  It becomes very apparent that Arthur also suffers from Continue reading

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THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON review

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Follow Your Dreams

One of the most surprisingly-polarizing and uplifting films of the year so far is “The Peanut Butter Falcon”, which finally hits theaters in Saint Louis this weekend.  Following the store of a young adult with Down syndrome, Zak (Zack Gottsagen) finds-himself fed up with his mundane life.  In-awe of his hero, the professional wrestler named The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church), Zak sets-off to his wrestling camp located in North Carolina.  During his early travels, he encounters a fellow on-the-run man named Tyler (Shia LaBeouf).  Fresh-off the Continue reading

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READY OR NOT review

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Let the Game Begin

Ever think that your in-laws are the worst?  Well, prepare so be proven wrong with the gory, thrilling “Ready or Not”.  Grace (Samara Weaving) is about to marry Alex (Mark O’Brien), the man of her dreams.  She also is joining one of the richest, most upstanding families in the Le Domas family.  After a gorgeous ceremony, Alex tells her she has to meet with the family downstairs in the music room at 11:55 for her initiation.  As the minutes tick down, more and more of the extended family arrive, until 11:55 hits and they gather in the one room in the house that only family is allowed in.  As Alex’s father Tony (Henry Czerny) recounts the tradition behind their family tradition that occurs when a new person joins Continue reading