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Review: ‘Annihilation’ Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac

by Brad Heyen / Published: February 23, 2018 at 7:59 am   /   Movie Reviews

After a little over a decade of screenwriting a number of groundbreaking films (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd), Alex Garland transitioned to the director’s chair for the first time in 2015 and delivered a masterful film he wrote called Ex Machina. This film was such a clever and thought-provoking thriller that it left me on […]

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Review: ‘Game Night’ Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons

by Brad Heyen / Published: February 23, 2018 at 7:54 am   /   Movie Reviews

A traditional game night is a night in which friends get together and compete in challenging games of luck and skill. Finger foods are picked over throughout the night and adult beverages can be and often are guzzled down. It doesn’t, however, traditionally include someone getting beat up and kidnapped which leads to a night […]

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Film Review: ‘Black Panther’ Starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan

by Brad Heyen / Published: February 16, 2018 at 8:20 am   /   Movie Reviews

Marvel has done it again, folks. After making his debut and kicking a bunch of ass in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, fans have been clamoring to see more of the Black Panther character, and they won’t be disappointed with his feature film, Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman returns as T’Challa, the crowned prince of the […]

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Review: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Starring Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson

by Brad Heyen / Published: February 9, 2018 at 8:42 am   /   Movie Reviews

Fifty Shades Freed is the third and final installment to a franchise that began as Twilight fan-fiction but later went on to become a sensation that swept the nation. Though it rarely comes up in conversation, I often find it rare that I speak with a lady who hasn’t read the books or seen the […]

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Review: Celebrating Comics and Pop Culture at Wizard World St. Louis 2018

by Brad Heyen / Published: February 5, 2018 at 4:21 pm   /   Film, Local

Wizard World has kicked off its 2018 nationwide tour and St. Louis, Missouri was lucky enough to be the first to host the convention this year. Fans of all ages flocked to the America’s Center this past weekend to celebrate anything and everything within nerd-culture. And what a weekend it turned out to be. People […]

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Film Review: ‘Phantom Thread’ Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps

by Brad Heyen / Published: January 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm   /   Movie Reviews

Phantom Thread is the story of a 1950’s dress-maker named Reynolds Woodcock, portrayed brilliantly (as always) by Daniel Day-Lewis. This is Day-Lewis’ second collaboration with director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will be Blood) and reportedly his final role before retirement. There were rumors of him wanting to retire before he took on this film, but […]

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Film Review: ‘The Commuter’ Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

by Brad Heyen / Published: January 12, 2018 at 8:53 am   /   Movie Reviews

After tackling planes in 2015’s Non-Stop, Liam Neeson is back to tackle trains in the latest entry to his action movie repertoire with The Commuter, and it’s more or less the same movie. This is Neeson’s fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night and Unknown being the other two), and it’s pretty much […]

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Film Review: ‘Paddington 2’ Starring Ben Wishaw, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Sally Hawkins

by Brad Heyen / Published: January 12, 2018 at 8:29 am   /   Movie Reviews

What a delightful film. Growing up, I can’t say I recall having read any of Michael Bond’s A Bear Called Paddington books, but I can’t imagine they’re any less charming than the two films that have been adapted from them. I watched 2015’s Paddington just before Paddington 2 and was enamored by its charm and […]

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The Ten Most Anticipated Films of 2018

by Brad Heyen / Published: January 9, 2018 at 11:50 am   /   Film

2017 was a great year for film and the first half of 2018 is looking remarkably good already too. After getting inspired by a couple of trailers before my recent viewing of Alexander Payne’s Downsizing (which was anything but inspiring itself), I’ve decided to make a quick list of movies that I’m anticipating this year. […]

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Film Review: ‘All the Money in the World’ Starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer

by Brad Heyen / Published: December 25, 2017 at 11:10 am   /   Movie Reviews

All the Money in the World is directed by Ridley Scott and is adapted from the 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. Aside from a little bit of dramatization, this is the mostly true story of the 1973 kidnapping of the grandson of the richest […]

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