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Joaquin Phoenix driven Joker the best of a diverse and entertaining crop of October films

Joaquin Phoenix delivers an Academy Award worthy performance in Joker.
November 7, 2019

The spooky season known as October was filled with scary movies and also some comedies, and if you missed any of them, there is still time to catch them in your local theater or at least be ready to catch...

FILM REVIEW: While Entertaining for Teens and Adults, Dark Themes of New Dumbo Film Too Much for Youngsters

Tim Burton's Dumbo's dark themes make it a more somber viewing than the Disney original.
April 9, 2019

For as long as I could remember, my only memories of the 1941 Disney classic Dumbo were an image of a small, big-eyed baby elephant with adorably large ears. When I saw director Tim Burton’s modern take...

Film Version of Ready Player One Features Significant Differences from the Book on Which It Is Based

Film Version of Ready Player One Features Significant Differences from the Book on Which It Is Based
April 26, 2018

Ready Player One, the recently released Steven Spielberg directed film, is based on the novel by Ernest Cline. Anytime a film based on a popular book is released, fans of the book are eager to view the...

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One More Than Just an Entertaining Sc-Fi Flick

Director Steven Spielberg (left) delivers a blockbuster in Ready Player One, the tale of a teen making his way through an alternate universe.
April 26, 2018

A rollercoaster ride. That is the best way to describe Steven Spielberg’s new action-packed sci-fi film, Ready Player One. The movie takes viewers to an alternate reality in which anything is possible,...

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms

Latest Star Wars Installment Underwhelms
December 18, 2017

The Star Wars film franchise is beloved around the world and is considered by many to be the greatest collective cinematic achievement Hollywood has ever spawned. The true return of the galaxy far,...

Cult Classic Donnie Darko Is Worth a Watch

Cult Classic Donnie Darko Is Worth a Watch
December 15, 2017

The Torch will be running a regularly occurring recommendation for a film from years gone by that can be found on one of the several film streaming services. Our first installment is on the 2001 cult...

2017 Film Version of Stephen King’s IT Lacks the Character Depth of the Book

The Losers Club from the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King's IT
October 27, 2017

SPOILER ALERT: This story discusses important plot points of both the book and film. The screenplay for the second film adaptation of Stephen King’s blockbuster book It, which set all kinds of box...

IT May Be Best Horror Film in Decades

Bill Skarsgard plays the terrifying Pennywise the Clown in Stephen King's IT.
September 18, 2017

You'll float too. IT is the first cinematic adaptation of the 1986 odyssey of a novel of the same name written by legendary horror author Stephen King. Taking place in the fictional town of Derry, Maine,...

Hell or High Water a “Must See” Film

Hell or High Water a
September 20, 2016

Hell or High Water is a modern western that follows two estranged brothers, one being an ex-con (Ben Foster) and the other a divorced father (Chris Pine), who have to turn to a desperate scheme in order...

Zoolander No. 2: Funny Yet More of the Same

Zoolander No. 2: Funny Yet More of the Same
March 1, 2016

With a cast of great comedic actors and the foundation of the original classic, Zoolander No. 2 doubles the zaniness, but halves the hilarity. With returning actors Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as the lead...

The Hateful Eight: an Amazing Cinematography Experience

The Hateful Eight: an Amazing Cinematography Experience
January 11, 2016

Bring heart medication to this one—Tarantino has done it again. Each film released by this directorial all-star brings something new and refreshing, yet comfortingly his own to the silver screen. After...

Star Wars: the Force Awakens Lives Up to the Hype

Star Wars: the Force Awakens Lives Up to the Hype
January 4, 2016

Ah, Star Wars, the science fiction franchise centered on a film about a fictional universe in a galaxy “far, far away.” It includes movies, books, comics, video games, toys, and animated shows. It...

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