Month: February 2018

Bomb City Puts Ostracization and Conformity in America Under the Microscope

“Judging by the looks of this place, I’m sure all of y’all are guilty of plenty.” Bomb City is based on the true story of the death of Brian Deneke (Dave Davis), a 19-year-old punk rock enthusiast at the hands…

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Both Complex and Thrilling, Annihilation is the Latest Entry in Sci-Fi’s Current Renaissance. But At What Cost?

********This review contains spoilers*********** Annihilation introduces us to Lena (Natalie Portman) a biology professor and former member of the US Army whose husband is also a soldier named Kane (Oscar Issac). Kane embarks on a secretive mission and goes missing…

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The Sins of Our Fathers: Black Panther Brilliantly Questions the Responsibilities of Lineage and Identity

Black Panther follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who has ascended to be the new king of the reclusive African nation of Wakanda following the tragic death of his father T’Chaka (John Kani). As T’Challa struggles to find the confidence to move on…

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The Cloverfield Paradox’s Hype Outpaces Its Substance

The Cloverfield Paradox centers around Ava Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) who, in the year 2028, agrees to join seven other scientists, engineers, and doctors lead by Commander Kiel (David Oyelowo) on a mission aboard an International Space Station to use a…

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The Best Performances of 2017

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. Check out…

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The Best Films of 2017

2017 was a banner year in film. While there is no clear cut, consensus number one film of the year like last year (Moonlight), the depth of this year’s field was tremendous, with almost ten films having legitimate arguments for…

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Phantom Thread Stumbles Down the Runway

Phantom Thread takes us into 1950s London as world renowned clothier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) runs his studio House of Woodcock alongside his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville). Reynolds soon meets young waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps) who becomes his latest muse…

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Molly’s Game Displays Aaron Sorkin’s Promise as a Director

Molly’s Game is based on the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic hopeful skier who while working in LA before law school ended up organizing high-stakes poker games including clientele like movie stars, professional athletes, royalty,…

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The Transfiguration Studies Trauma and Abandonment Through Horror

“But I mean, if you can only exist to hurt people, and you know better, then maybe it’s better to decide not to exist at all.” The Transfiguration follows a troubled, impoverished orphan teen from the projects of New York…

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Logan Lucky Brings Fun and Heart to Heist Films

After Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) loses his job and is presented with the news that his ex Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes) plans on moving his daughter Sadie (Farrah MacKenzie) across state lines to Virginia, Logan Lucky takes us on Jimmy’s…

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