A Western in Boston: Black Mass

December 3, 2015 8:50 pm1 comment

By JESSE WEISSMAN I should begin this review with a disclaimer: I am a sucker for gangster films. I think The Godfather: Part III is actually a pretty good movie. Maybe it’s because to me the gangster film is part of the American film mythology (I love Westerns too). Or […]

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The Sun’s Top 10 Movies of 2015

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

1) Mad Max: Fury Road Simply put, Mad Max: Fury Road came thundering into the arena like 2000 horsepower of nitro-boosted war machine and blew the roof off not only every other action movie this year, but every movie this year, period. At 70 years old, Australian director George Miller […]

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A Creed of Humanity and Heart

November 29, 2015 7:12 pm0 comments
COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.

By MARK DISTEFANO Man, oh man, do I love Ryan Coogler’s approach to filmmaking. Plugging in the small-scale indie director behind 2013’s searing Fruitvale Station to reinvigorate the Rocky franchise was a brilliant decision. This method has been tried many times before with disastrous results (Josh Trank, Neill Blomkamp), but this […]

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Mockingjay Part 2: An Epic Ending?

November 22, 2015 5:36 pm0 comments
COURTESY OF LIONSGATE

By NATALIE TSAY As the final installation of one of the most popular young adult series of the decade (and the catalyst for the current teen-dystopian trend), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 had a lot to accomplish. It had to show how high the stakes were for Katniss […]

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The Fourth Annual Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival

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Possession

By BRUNO COSTELINI Now that binge watching has become a national obsession and everybody seems ok with the idea of cramming dozens of hours of entertainment in a few days, the experience of attending a film festival shouldn’t sound all too unfamiliar. And yet, spending the last five days pretty […]

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Style Over Substance: The Assassin

November 20, 2015 2:15 am2 comments
COURTESY OF STUDIOCANAL

By MARK DISTEFANO If it weren’t for the immaculate visuals in The Assassin, the whole experience would be a snore. I’ve been often frustrated by the commonality of filmmakers’ grammar choices. For all the options available in cinema, many directors choose to frame in the same combination of shots — […]

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