A Tale of Undying Love and Self-Discovery, with Incredible VFX, Powers Alita into Battle

************************This review contains mild spoilers**************************** Visionary director James Cameron’s name has become synonymous with visual wizardry and innovation and he has once again lent his expertise on pushing the limits of what cinema can look like with Alita: …

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Rust Creek Provides Thrills That Are Serviceable but Familiar

Rust Creek finds us in the company of Sawyer (Hermione Corfield), a college senior from Kentucky headed to Washington, D.C. during the week of Thanksgiving for a job interview. Seeking a route around highway traffic, Sawyer follows her…

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Velvet Buzzsaw is a Horror-Tinged Critique of the Intersection of Art and Commerce

************************This review contains spoilers**************************** “So much easier to talk about money than art.” Velvet Buzzsaw transports us to the swanky art scene of Los Angeles following renowned art critic Morf Vandewalt (Jake Gyllenhall), gallery owner Rhodora Haze (Rene…

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Serenity Combines Hardship, Spirituality, and Tech with Neo-Noir Thrills

************************This review contains spoilers**************************** Throughout our time spent on this Earth, we all will experience hardship, pain, and challenges, albeit some more than others. When these tough times hit us, many will often try to find solace in…

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Glass and the Power of Belief

Glass is the third film in a trilogy of films written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan that includes 2000’s Unbreakable and 2017’s Split. The third installment find us thrust into Raven Hill Psychiatric Hospital where David Dunn (Bruce…

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The Best Performances of 2018

The year has finished and Oscar season is one again upon us. Before the Academy has all the fun, CinemaBabel has compiled its own list of “nominees” and top picks recognizing the best performances in film this year….

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Best Films of 2018

2018 was a year in film marked by parity. There doesn’t feel like much distance between film #1 and film #11, nor does it feel like a truly great film was released this year, just a lot of…

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If Beale Street Could Talk and The Audacity of Love

Loving someone is one of the most audacious, risk-taking things a person can do. When you love someone, you entrust them with your mental well-being, wagering that they will honor your faith in them and not lead you…

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Shoplifters is a Superb Family Drama Full of Mystery and Uneasy Moral Questions

************************This review contains spoilers**************************** Family plays an indelible mark in who we are as individuals. A good one can set a person up for life before they ever even leave the womb while being born to bad circumstances…

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In Thoroughly Examining Our Political Past, Vice Provides a Peek at America’s Future

“You chose me, and I did what you asked.” Vice is a retelling of the political rise of former Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), from his Wyoming roots with wife Lynne Cheney (Amy…

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