Films

Film Review: Get Out

February 24, 2017
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Don’t stay in: Get Out and see this smart, fresh thriller Jordan Peele, one half of the sketch comedy duo Key and Peele, makes his directorial debut with Get Out, a startling original take on the horror film genre that shouldn’t be missed. If you’ve seen the trailer, don’t be fooled; the trailer implies the movie may […]

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Film Review: My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de Courgette)

February 24, 2017
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A perfectly crafted, poignant charmer. My Life as a Zucchini is one of the most wonderful films of the year, which has resulted in its much deserved Oscar nomination this year for Best Animated Film. Zucchini is a stop motion animated feature from France and Switzerland about a nine year-old boy, Courgette (which is French for zucchini), who loses his mother […]

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Film Feature: Carrie and Chad Pick the 2017 Oscars

February 22, 2017
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Film critics Carrie and Chad on who will – and who should – win the 89th Academy Awards The 89th Academy Awards air this Sunday, February 26th on ABC at 5:30pm PST (tune in an hour or so earlier if you want to see any of the red carpet glitz). Once again, Spinning Platters film […]

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Film Review: Fist Fight

February 17, 2017
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Run, don’t walk, away from this fight I’m going to try and keep this review short, since you, gentle Spinning Platters readers, deserve better than even to have to read about this painfully awful, joyless, and unfunny new “film.” And I use that term loosely. Suffice to say I sat through 90 minutes of the […]

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Film Review: The Great Wall

February 17, 2017
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White male hero leads dumpster fire movie to a forgettable fate. I chose the above picture for very specific reasons. I could’ve chosen a more beautiful shot of a heroic looking Matt Damon atop The Great Wall of China. But no, I preferred this one for the way it captures the feeling one has while watching The Great […]

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Film Feature: 2017 Sundance Film Festival Spotlights #3

February 12, 2017

With this final spotlights post, we bring our coverage of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to a close (you can read the previous posts here and here). We conclude by taking a look at six more feature films, once again using our world famous Sundance Viewing Priority Level (VPL) Guide to discern those films to seek out […]

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Film Review: Fifty Shades Darker

February 10, 2017
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Fifty Shades Darker: A movie for people who like their boyfriends to be creepy stalkers I’m not crazy; I think you already know if you want to watch Fifty Shades Darker, and I would be surprised if anything I could say would change your mind. However, I’m sure there are some people who are just […]

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Film Review: John Wick: Chapter Two

February 10, 2017
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John Wick proves once again that style can be substantive In 2014, John Wick combined a Taken-esque simplistic revenge tale with the unrelenting action of Korean and Indonesian action films like The Raid and doused it in stylized modernity. Directed by first-timer Chad Stahelski, who was the stunt coordinator and choreographer for dozens of action titles including multiple Keanu Reeves films like The Matrix […]

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Film Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

February 9, 2017
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BLAP! ZLOTT! KAPOW! LEGO Batman punches its way to be one of the most entertaining DC movies yet Fresh off the disappointing start to the expanded DC cinematic universe with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, in swings The LEGO Batman Movie, a refreshingly funny meta action flick. Will Arnett reprises his vocal role as the caped crusader, his second feature film […]

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Film Feature: 2017 Sundance Film Festival Spotlights #2

February 8, 2017

Our coverage of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival continues with this look at five documentaries that premiered at the Fest a few weeks ago. Many of these may receive distribution or television deals (if they haven’t already; see our notes below), so you can know what to watch for in the coming year with these handy […]

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