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February 2016

Where to Invade Next: Michael Moore’s pitch to future President Trump

By: Muneeb Arshid

Whether it’s Bowling for Columbine or Fahrenheit 9/11 or any other Michael Moore documentary, you know full well that his documentary will be heavily political and will divide audiences in terms of their political views and their theatre enjoyment. Moore’s latest political endeavour, Where to Invade Next, may actually be one of his least political films, regardless of what the title might suggest.
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The Witch is the best horror film in years

By: Samar Khan

A horror movie, in February? A horror movie receiving rave reviews? No, this isn’t the 1970’s and no, we are not reviewing The Exorcist. Rather, we are proud to be reviewing a film that is as strange and foreign a concept as can be, yet succeeds in nearly every way imaginable; this review is about a film that is based on an OLDDDD New England folk tale and lacks any major stars on screen or behind the scenes.

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Charles Dickens meets Bollywood and Kashmir in the enchanting Fitoor

By: Samar Khan

There has been a prevailing belief that any film starring Katrina Kaif, by default, is guaranteed to lack what one would term “great” acting. Normally, this adage holds true; in the case of the adaption of Charles Dickens “Great Expectations” for Bollywood audiences, Fitoor, Kaif’s meagre acting skills are carried by the efforts put forth by her fellow co-stars and the team crafting the gorgeous tale of love transcending social divides.
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Race is a very average addition to the sports biopic genre about Jesse Owens.

By: Muneeb Arshid

When you think about the title Race, there are a couple different ways that you may interpret its meaning. On one hand, it could be referring to the life of Olympic track and field star Jesse Owens and his race to victory in Berlin. On the other hand, the film is against a backdrop of racial tension not just in America, but more importantly in Nazi Germany during the 1936 Olympics.  Continue reading “Race is a very average addition to the sports biopic genre about Jesse Owens.”

Zoolander 2 is a criminal waste of money and time that should not exist.

By: Akram Shaban

Zoolander 2 is the sequel to Ben Stiller’s 2001 comedy. Derek Zoolander returns 14 years later as an exiled former world famous model. With his wife dead from a tragic accident and deemed unfit to raise his only child, he saw no choice but to exclude himself from society. Unfortunately for the film, I would have very much rather he remained isolated.

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“A cross between Ryan Reynolds and Shar Pei” gives us the wonderful Deadpool

By: Samar Khan

“A gratuitous cameo.” “Directed by an overpaid tool.” “Produced by ass-hats.” These are just some of the quotes that pepper the intro credit sequence for Deadpool and give the first glimpse into the self-referential ‘superhero’ film we receive.

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88th Academy Award Predictions

Well, it’s that time of year again, where everyone becomes an expert as to who will win the respective categories at the Oscars. This year’s Academy Awards are quite interesting in that we could possibly finally see Leonardo DiCaprio win that coveted Best Actor award (as if it actually means anything).
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PPZ: If Jane Austen was into zombies, this would be her classic

By: Akram Shaban

Remember that 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation with Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike? You probably do, it was received quite well. Well, take that movie, insert some zombies, and voila, you have Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (we’ll abbreviate it as PPZ). Continue reading “PPZ: If Jane Austen was into zombies, this would be her classic”

Kung Fu Panda 3 is a charming addition to the adventures of the Dragon Warrior.

By: Muneeb Arshid

We reviewed an animation last week that was deliberately targeted towards an 18+ audience in Anomalisa. Now, we review a more typical animation that is instead geared towards the youngsters of the family. Kung Fu Panda 3 is the next adventure of the Dragon Warrior panda, Po, along with his kung fu expert friends.
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