REVIEW: GET OUT (2017) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   3/5    I haven’t seen any trailers for GET OUT. The most I’ve seen is an image of one of the characters crying in a close-up. Everyone is buzzing about it, and I honestly haven’t heard a bad thing. I want to see what the hype is all about. Plus, I’m a huge fan…

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REVIEW: FIST FIGHT by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:  2/5   I feel more compelled to see FIST FIGHT because it’s a movie about teachers rather than because I have a genuine interest in the movie itself. I’m always curious to see how comedies portray the profession versus the dramas and biopics. The trailer did look rather humorous, if a bit dumb, so I’m interested…

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REVIEW: A Monster Calls (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   5/5    When I first saw the trailer for A Monster Calls, I thought, “Oh, look, it’s a Groot who can talk.” That thought quickly faded and I was immersed in the visuals, music, and narrative. I’ve been anticipating this one ever since I saw that trailer, and every time since. I know…

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REVIEW: My Scientology Movie (2015) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:    4/5    I was disappointed not to catch My Scientology Movie at the cinema. I have been a long-time admirer of Louis Theroux’s documentaries. I frequently revisit his earlier Weird Weekend series just because each time I watch the peculiar world Louis navigates, I find myself met with a renewed sense of astonishment….

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REVIEW: Arrival (2016)

Anticipation:   4/5   Denis Villeneuve has been unstoppable since Incendies (2010). Sicario was one of the best films of 2015. Produced in part by Shawn Levy, the man behind hit Netflix series Stranger Things (2016), and shot by Bradford Young (Pawn Sacrifice, A Most Violent Year, Selma), Arrival seems to want to bring old school sci-fi…

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REVIEW: I, Daniel Blake (2016) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:     3.5/5    You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, similarly you shouldn’t judge a film by its trailer, and that’s exactly what I did. I saw a trailer for I, Daniel Blake the last time I was at the pictures and I thought ‘yes, that’s going to be a good one.’ I, Daniel…

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REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   3/5   Twitter’s algorithm really wanted me to be aware of this movie. Every eighth tweet in my feed was the same ad for it, the one comparing it to the greatest teen comedies of the last three decades. And since I liked their selection of comparison films, I was compelled to see this…

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REVIEW: Moonlight (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     5/5      If you asked me this question just a few months ago, I probably would have responded with, “What’s Moonlight?” This movie seemed to come out of nowhere. But there’s always at least one movie a year that sneaks up on me like this.  Last year it was Brooklyn, and if you know…

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REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016) by Jason Michael

Anticipation:  3/5  In the HBO produced Talking Funny, Chris Rock explains that audiences “want the same thing, but different” when it comes to their entertainment. Since its inception, Marvel Studios has definitely come to exploit that. I haven’t hidden that superhero fatigue has started to settle in my bitter, jaded self. But, I like Benedict…

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REVIEW: Hacksaw Ridge (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     3.5/5     As I thought about seeing Hacksaw Ridge, there were a few things that made me feel good about it, and a few things that didn’t. First, the good. Andrew Garfield in a starring role. I remember seeing him in The Social Network and thinking that he would be a big…

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REVIEW: The Accountant (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:    3/5    I saw The Accountant more because of a snafu rather than outright desire to see. The original plan was to see Keeping Up with the Joneses, but the theater’s download was corrupted. It’s Ben Affleck doing what he’s great at. Couldn’t be too bad, right? Final Verdict:   4.5/5   Based on…

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REVIEW: Candyman (1992) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:     3/5     A few friends and I thought a horror film night was on the cards given that Halloween is just around the corner, so we pooled together a few films and started picking our favourites. I hadn’t heard of Clive Barker’s Candyman before. It came recommended from a friend, and quickly inspired interest from…

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REVIEW: American Honey (2016) by Mark Putley

Anticipation:     2.5/5   Apart from a brief rundown from a knowledgeable cinema usher, I had heard and read very little about American Honey. The last ‘coming-of-age’ film I saw must’ve been The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) about a year after it was released onto DVD. Coupling curiosity with the fact that American Honey…

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Film Grains: De Palma (2015) by David Hart

Anticipation:   2.5/5  So, my Brian De Palma viewing is lacking, I will admit.  If I had seen more of his movies (Dressed to Kill, Sisters, Carrie, Carlito’s Way, Scarface, Body Double, The Untouchables), I would have been much more excited. But I will say this, he is one of the more interesting filmmakers out there….

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Film Grains: Masterminds (2016) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   5/5  Masterminds has some of my favorite comedians from SNL: Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Jason Sudeikis. The trailer looked really funny. It didn’t look too smart by any means, but I enjoy other work from these people, so surely this could be a winner too. Right? Final Verdict:   1/5…

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Film Grains: X-Men Apocalypse (2016)

Anticipation:  2.5/5   I didn’t like the trailers. Everything seemed to be pointing to shoddy effects, bad storytelling involving Roland Emmerich-type schlock; the antithesis to Days of Future Past (2014). Final Verdict:  3.5/5   I have to say X-Men Apocalypse one of the most entertaining X-Men movies to come out; perhaps even my favorite in the franchise after…

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Film Grains: The Magnificent Seven (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:     2/5    When we did our podcast episode on The Equalizer, my guest and I discussed our fears of Antoine Fuqua taking on a huge cast and a treasured film property like The Magnificent Seven. I even watched the “original” (itself a remake of Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai) in preparation for the new film. So,…

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Film Grains: The Running Man (1987) by Ashley Davis

Anticipation:   3/5   The Running Man is a film I’m familiar with in name only. I’ve missed many seminal sci-fi classics over the years, so I was slightly intrigued because The Running Man is one of them and it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had become a household name at that point. I was also compelled…

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ASC Podcast Episode 5: Captain America Civil War

Although Jason and Lee both really enjoyed Captain America Civil War (2016), on Episode 5 of the Atlantic Screen Connection podcast, they get very nit picky about the film. Captain America Civil War (2016) is directed by the Russo Brothers and stars Don Cheadle, Marisa Tomei, Emily VanCamp, and Hope Davis. Ep02 Breakdown Introduction Pt.1   Trailer Talk  2:18 Pt.2…

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Film Grains: Sully (2016) by David Hart

Anticipation:    3/5     So, I’m not the biggest Clint Eastwood fan.  Frankly, I think he is a tiny bit overrated as a director.  He’s just very hit or miss, and after watching the trailer for Sully (2016), I was leaning towards miss.  However, he did wrangle the performance of a lifetime out of Bradley…

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