REVIEW | Split

M. Night Shyamalan has done it! In one film, he has returned! And I mean that, in both his best, and worst ways. There. Let’s get that out of the way. The clickbait-y intro that everyone is writing. “M. NIGHT IS BACK.” But will he stay? Split is M. Night’s newest foray into the world […]

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REVIEW | Certain Women

In Certain Women, director Kelly Reichardt interlocks three stories of four different women in small-town, rural Montana and pulls some of the utmost subtle and refined performances from an all-star cast. Each character, and their subplots, delve into many different and realistic threats facing femininity in the 21st century. The three women deal with small-town […]

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REVIEW | The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation is directed, produced, written by, and stars Nate Parker, as the famous slave revolt leader Nat Turner. The movie begins with Nat’s spiritual upbringing as a young slave, and we witness him blossom into a man of God on a Southern plantation. When the mother of his children, Cherry, is […]

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REVIEW(S) | Kubo and The Two Strings

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This review is a two-part publication, written by Cinemaker Blog contributor Jake Sanders and Community Coordinator Spencer Mirabal respectively.) JAKE’S TAKE Laika Studios is one of the best film studios out there, let alone animation studios. Their consistent attention to detail, quality of execution, and fluidity of vision is what makes them stand […]

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REVIEW | Lights Out

In 2013, director David F. Sandberg released a micro short film entitled Lights Out. The short was simple and fast, but it remains one of the scariest short films ever released. As a woman is about to go to bed, she turns the hallway lights out. As she flicks the switch, standing in the darkness behind her, […]

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REVIEW | The BFG

In the world of cinema, I option to see films at the theater any possible time that I can, as the theater offers the most purest form of escapism I can imagine. As the lights go dim, and trailers play, you prepare yourself for whatever is to come. Then, just as you have finished mulling over […]

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REVIEW | The Lobster

With its official premiere over a year ago at Cannes, it’s hard to believe I had never heard of The Lobster before a few weeks ago, yet Yorgos Lanthimos’ newest feature film is undoubtedly the most unconventional love story I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The Lobster is charming, hilarious, and original, yet deeply […]

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REVIEW | The Conjuring 2

JAKE’S TAKE (A Jake Sanders Review)  I will happily profess that 2013’s The Conjuring, from director James Wan, may be one of the best, if not THE BEST horror film of the last decade. Now, I will no doubt catch criticism for this opinion. Hell, I will most likely agree with all of the opinions […]

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REVIEW | X-Men: Apocalypse

I want to like the X-Men movies.  I really do.  I feel like I personally have an attachment to the series as I spent a good deal of time in the 90s watching the animated series, I have always had a head of naturally silver hair and heterochromia (eyes are different colors), and have been […]

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REVIEW | The Nice Guys

Picture a Pre-Star Wars 1977 Los Angeles: The era and climate that, through nostalgia or fantasy, we picture with suave mustaches, foxy afros, and bell-bottom jeans. Not to mention drugs, alcoholism, rampant pornography, and lots and lots of awesome violence. Maybe this isn’t the “real” side of life in the 1970s; perhaps it is closer […]

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