Movie Review: ‘BEN IS BACK’ and he can stay

James C. Clay  // Film Critic BEN IS BACK Rated R, 103 minutesDirector: Peter HedgesStarring: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton BEN IS BACK is a much more layered addiction drama than what is promised. So many times we get straightforward after school special on the dangers of drug use, but times have progressed since the D.A.R.E. ages of the ‘90s; instead of blaming the children, videogames and music, we ...

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Review: ‘Dumplin’ Brings Glitter, Glitz, and Aniston to Netflix

December 10th, 2018 | Awards Season, Movie Review, Netflix Review, Reviews | 0 Comment

By Gwen Reyes // Critic Netflix’s newest YA novel adaptation, DUMPLIN, brings to life the glitzy world of Texas beauty pageants, but through the eyes of a young woman who sees absolutely no value in such things. That is, until she chooses to enter the beauty pageant as a way to prove her worth, while upsetting the status quo. Willowdean “Dumplin’” Dickson (Danielle Macdonald) begins her story as a young, chubby child. In the film’s early ...

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The 17 best films of 2017 (according to Courtney Howard)

January 6th, 2018 | Awards Season, Movie News | 0 Comment

Courtney Howard // Film Critic Maybe 2017 felt the need to double down on all the magnificent films 2016 brought us, but this past year was a strong one for cinema. Filmmakers were more eager than ever to craft works of genius that stirred up thought-provoking discussions long after the end credits. And it’s these strong artistic statements and voices that made my personal best list. I’ve hyperlinked my full reviews (where possible) for easier access to ...

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