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Film reviews that don't follow precedent

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January 2017

Split can’t find its own identity in this film about identity. 

By: Muneeb Arshid

So, one of your identities kidnaps three girls from a shopping mall and keeps them hostage in an underground bunker. The other identities are now conflicted on how to deal with these ladies. WHAT A CONUNDRUM EH!

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Dev Patel shines in the emotional, yet determined “Lion”

By: Muneeb Arshid

Dev Patel has really embraced his ethnicity when it comes to choosing specific roles in his short, but strong career so far. His performance in Lion cements that versatility in him as a leading man in Hollywood.  Continue reading “Dev Patel shines in the emotional, yet determined “Lion””

89th Academy Award nominations + reviews 

Best Picture:

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight  Continue reading “89th Academy Award nominations + reviews “

Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” is a waste of a gangster epic

By: Samar Khan

I have made a new promise to myself: do not buy into the hype that accompanies a director’s perfect track record.  Continue reading “Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” is a waste of a gangster epic”

Hidden Figures is a slightly flawed yet quite important film about US history. 

By: Muneeb Arshid

The women of NASA during the heyday? Yeah, I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t know anything about the wonderful ladies who were working as mathematicians in the 1960s at the Space Agency. Hidden Figures does a decent enough job to tell the story of three black women who were highly instrumental in ensuring the first flight of an American to orbit the earth.

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“Silence” is Martin Scorsese’s haunting epic on Christianity

By: Samar Khan

Nearly 3 decades after his successful The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese delivers to us a powerful film about the struggle of one’s belief in their religion with the overarching theme being one that questions the silence of God.  Continue reading ““Silence” is Martin Scorsese’s haunting epic on Christianity”

A Monster Calls is a powerful, emotional fairy tale about loss and redemption

By: Muneeb Arshid

Very few fairy tales/fantasy films do ever work these days, but boy does A Monster Calls ever hit that sweet spot by being able to connect real life tough issues through the use of the genre.  Continue reading “A Monster Calls is a powerful, emotional fairy tale about loss and redemption”

La La Land takes you to a magical world of old (and new) Hollywood and love (of jazz).

By: Muneeb Arshid

Our top 10 of 2016 lists won’t be posted for at least another couple weeks as I and co-reviewer Samar Khan catch up on the awards season releases. But, I can say with a very high degree of certainty, that La La Land is my favourite, or at least in my top 3 favourite movies of 2016. Continue reading “La La Land takes you to a magical world of old (and new) Hollywood and love (of jazz).”

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