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The Post SPOILER-FREE Review

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Ever since I first heard this film was going into production, I have been incredibly excited to see The Post. You have one of the greatest filmmakers of all time in Steven Spielberg directing, with two of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen in Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks leading the film. Add the fact that the story surrounds a war between the free press and the White House during the Nixon era, an incredibly timely issue, and you have all the makings for one of the greatest films of the year. Plus, I really enjoy these kinds of investigative journalism movies, such as All the President's Men and Spotlight. And from the looks of the trailers, it seemed as if The Post could be right up there with them. There was so much potential for this movie to be a riveting drama with a topical message, and I went into it with incredibly high expectations. And, for the most part, The Post met them. While the first act is sort of slow, once we get into the meat of the story, The Post st…

Molly's Game SPOILER-FREE Review

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Aaron Sorkin is my favorite working writer today. His films are written with such care and craft, as well as with such intelligence and sophistication. He writes dialogue like no one else can, and has a strong handle on how to effectively tell a story. With Molly's Game, Sorkin makes his directorial debut, and I have been fascinated to see what he can do behind the camera. And the whole idea of Molly's Game just sounded fascinating. I am an avid poker player, so I am always interested in seeing movies that involve the game. But the best poker movies are the ones that can use the game as a backdrop and can tell a compelling story independent of it, such as what Casino Royale did. A poker movie has to also appeal to non-poker players, which is an interesting line to walk. I was very curious to see what Sorkin could do with Molly's Game, and he shows that he has a fantastic command of the camera as a director. He delivers on a pulsating, entertaining movie led by a strong sto…

X-Men- Deadpool 2 Moves Up Release Date; The New Mutants Pushes to 2019

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In the wake of the Disney/Fox merger, which sees all of Fox's film division, including the X-Men, go to Disney, three X-Men related properties are set to come out this year. The New Mutants, the long in development Josh Boone project, is hitting theaters on April 13th. Deadpool 2 comes out on June 1st, with X-Men: Dark Phoenix releasing on November 2nd. This is the first time a single studio has put out three comic book movies in one year. Marvel technically did last year, but I don't really count that since Spider-Man: Homecoming was a joint effort by both Marvel and Sony. So with The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fox is set to release three major films in one year. And this could be the end of the X-Men universe as we know it, since Disney has shown interest in rebooting the franchise and incorporating it into their already established Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, new release dates have been issued to some of Fox's 2018 releases, shaking thing…

The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: January 13th

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Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is still definitely worth checking out and talking about. This is a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much in the movie-sphere. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up.

Gore Verbinski, who is the fourth director to have been attached to the project, has now left Gambit. Frankly, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. Like I said, he is the fourth d…

I, Tonya SPOILER-FREE Review

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I, Tonya has been touted as being an awards favorite for some time now, and with that buzz I became very excited to see the film. With a lot of these Oscar movies, I try to avoid the trailers as much as I can. But usually, with the giant blockbusters, avoiding trailers is nearly impossible. However, with something such as an I, Tonya, it's actually rather manageable. Out of all the times I've been to the theater and have sat through countless trailers, I think I only ever saw a trailer play for this movie once, and that's it. I wasn't overly familiar with the true life event either, so I went into the movie rather blind. And I do think that is the best way to see I, Tonya. It is electrifying and surprisingly hilarious, giving you everything you want in a movie from laughs to thrills to chills in this (sometimes emotional) roller coaster.  
Ice skater Tonya Harding's (Margot Robbie) methods for competition are brought into question when her ex-husband (Sebastian Sta…

Top 5 Favorite Moments From: The Room

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This is the fourteenth installment of this editorial series, where I basically take a movie and pick my personal five favorite scenes from that movie. I'll talk about and analyse these scenes, dissecting them to figure out what exactly makes them so great and why they work so well in the context of the film. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in hype behind movies-- are the characters developed enough, how was the score, how does it fit into the larger universe-- that we forget to appreciate smaller things, such as an individual scene that can strike you in a certain way. After I've said my piece, please feel free to go into the comments section and say why you either agree or disagree with me. So after  seeing The Disaster Artist (you can read our review here), and with it getting a wide release for one day on January 10th, I thought I'd talk about The Room. The film is infamously known as being the "Citizen Kane of bad movies". It is so much fun to watch, and trus…

Blade Runner 2049- Ridley Scott Wants to Do Another Film

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One of the biggest surprise films of 2017 for me was Blade Runner 2049. I've seen the original a couple times now, and I'm not really a fan of it. Granted, each time I see it I do appreciate it more, but I still can't say that I really like it as a movie. So I wasn't sure how I was going to react to the sequel, and I ended up loving it. It amplified all the things I liked about the first one (the world, the aesthetic, the sci fi-noir feel) and improved upon what I thought the first one lacked (the story, the characterizations). It'll end up being one of my top favorite movies of the year. You can read our full review for the film here. However, it did not do great at the box office. On a $150 million dollar production budget, it only made $258 million dollars worldwide. This means 2049 came short of breaking even, and most likely lost Warner Bros. some money. Unfortunately, this puts the likelihood of seeing anymore Blade Runner movies at slim to none. However, pr…