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8th Grade: Film Review

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Eighth Grade Released – Aug 8th, 2018 Written By – Bo Burnham Directed By – Bo Burnham Starring – Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson Runtime – 94 minutes Genre – Drama, Comedy, Coming-of-age A beautiful, uncomfortable portrait of everyone’s most traumatizing school year, Eighth Grade follows Kayla, your typical, uninteresting 13-year-old girl. Online, she creates videos to express herself, giving advice on topics she is woefully unqualified to talk about, such as: being yourself, having confidence, making friends. In real life, she is a quiet loner, hopelessly awkward, and desperate to fit in. Kayla goes through all of the…

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Falling Down: Film Review

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Falling Down Released – February 26th, 1993 Written By – Ebbe Roe Smith Directed By – Joel Schumacher Starring – Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey Runtime – 1 hour, 53 minutes Genre – Crime, Drama In a city rife with racial tension, a struggling economy, and a dwindling middle class, a disgruntled middle-aged man has armed himself with a bag of guns and is rampaging the city. This may seem like a present-day news headline, but it’s actually the plot of a Joel Schumacher film from 1993 starring Michael Douglas. The relevance of the film is even more poignant today. With racial…

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The Crook: Film Review

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The Crook (Le Voyou) Released: November 20th, 1970 Written By: Claude Lelouch, Claude Pinoteau, & Pierre Uytterhoeven Directed By: Claude Lelouch Starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Christine Lelouch, Charles Gerald, Charles Denner Runtime: 2 hours Genre: Crime, thriller, caper A contemporary of the Nouvelle Vague directors but never really one of them, Claude Lelouch continues to plug away at the age of 80, releasing a film annually to the indifference of French critics. In the States, his legacy will likely be the derisive laughter of high school French classes forced to sit through A Man and a Woman, but there are some…

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Joe Versus the Volcano: Film Review

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Joe Versus the Volcano Released: March 9th, 1990 Written and Directed By: John Patrick Shanley Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes Genre: Dark comedy, fantasy, romance Most people are familiar with the combination of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. From Sleepless in Seattle to You’ve Got Mail, the duo has proven to be a sure-fire winner. But there’s a lesser known film in which the two star: Joe Versus the Volcano. When the film released in 1990, it was met with mixed reviews. Most people didn’t “get” it—and that’s not surprising, as the most…

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