Review: Chi-Raq has Chicago on the Mind

The world is no stranger to Spike Lee’s passionate, one-of-a-kind temperament. In recent years, despite whatever controversies the filmmaker’s inner fire has concocted in real life, his passion has not always translated into the sort of cinematic impact and vibrance we've come to expect from his best work. Fortunately, these...
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Review: Bleak, Beautiful and Bloody — The Revenant is Epic

About halfway into The Revenant, Tom Hardy’s Fitzgerald, a cold and traumatized frontiersman, shares meat with Will Poulter’s Jim, a young man he lied to in order to leave Leonardo DiCaprio's Hugh Glass for dead. Fitzgerald recalls a story told to him by his father, who claimed to have met...
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Review: The Hateful Eight is Spectacle and Theater All In One

Quentin Tarantino was born to make Westerns. Professors, screenwriting consultants, and industry professionals warn against writing them given their expense and waning popularity, not to mention the sheer difficulty of producing one. And yet, with few exceptions, the few that get the greenlight prove what a delight the Western...
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