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'Glass' is a disappointing finale to the Shyamalan trilogy

(01/30/19 5:15am)

“Glass” begins three weeks after the events of “Split.” Kevin Wendell Crumb, the villain of "Split," is still on the loose and wreaking havoc on Philadelphia, abducting young girls and sacrificing them to his 24th dissociated personality, the Beast, in an attempt to show his strength to the world. At the same time, David Dunn, star hero M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 film "Unbreakable," is reintroduced as he tries to hunt down Crumb and achieve justice as the newly named mystery figure, the Overseer. This showdown, two years in the making, comes to an abrupt end when the two are taken into custody by a mental health professional, who specializes in treating people who believe themselves to be superheroes. But are these people really superheroes, or are their powers just figments of their own imaginations?

'ROMA' offers human insight into loneliness and motherhood

(12/26/18 5:15am)

A marble floor comes into focus as the opening credits begin to play. No music, no conversation, just the simple sound of the water swishing across the pavement and a plane's engine booming overhead. It is only clear when the credits finish that the scene is not of a school or a hospital, but someone’s home, and that the person washing the floor does not live there, but works as a housekeeper. This film is her story: as a housekeeper, as a woman and as someone who is truly alone in this world. Her story is one of love, compassion, loyalty, heartbreak and loss, and it drives what can only be called one of the year’s best films.

'Bad Times at the El Royale' is a good time at the movies

(10/17/18 4:05am)

What do a racist vacuum salesman, an elderly priest, a young African-American woman and a rude hippie have in common? They are the only customers of the once great El Royale motel, a lodge on the border of California and Nevada. Its unique design puts half of the hotel in California and the other in Nevada, offering its guests luxury and elegance in California and adrenaline and hope in Nevada. This mysterious setting immediately indicates that whatever can happen will happen and that there are always two halves to the whole picture. “Bad Times at the El Royale” is an adventure straight from the start that keeps the audience guessing. Nothing in this film is what it appears to be, and everyone has a secret.

'White Boy Rick' promises guns, drugs, and action but fails to deliver

(10/03/18 4:05am)

The year: 1984. The place: Detroit, Michigan. As far a movie scenarios go, this is a director’s dream: At the time, few cities in America had more crime than Detroit. But if this was known to be the case, why did so many people choose to stay and make a living there? This is the big dilemma that Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt) faces as we are introduced to him and his father, Richard Wershe Sr. (Matthew McConaughey) in “White Boy Rick,” which follows Wershe Jr. as he becomes the youngest undercover informant for the FBI ever at the age of 14.  After a local gun show, Wershe Jr. asks his father why they continue to live and try to make a living in such a bad place, to which Wershe Sr. replies, “Because a lion never leaves the Serengeti, son.”  Most of the film follows Wershe Jr. as he figures out whether to embrace or reject this idea that one is entitled to make a living in the dangerous climate that is 1980s Detroit.