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Movie Review Archives * Mace & Crown

Will ‘It’ float too?

October 11, 2017 |

George Plank | Staff Writer

September has given way to October, and with it certain changes begin. The embers from the last summer barbeque finally die out, the nights have a new chill in the breeze and there is a desire … Read More

‘American Assassin’ delivers a James Bond and Jason Bourne mix

September 29, 2017 |

Brooke Nicholson | Assitant A&E Editor

“American Assassin” is an action-oriented, bad guys vs. good guys, R-rated spy movie that hit theaters on Sept. 15. It’s based on the 11th book in Vince Flynn’s “Mitch Rapp” series, “American” (assassin was tacked … Read More

‘mother!’ review: know what you’re walking into!

September 25, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge | Staff Writer

Since its release, the reactions for “mother!” have been deeply divided. Some critics have praised it, while others have dismissed it as pretentious or alienating. The audience reactions haven’t been quite warm either, and the box … Read More

Movie Review: ‘Wonder Woman’

June 23, 2017 |

Fatima Rivera | Contributing Writer

After the release of “Batman v. Superman,” fans have been ecstatic for Wonder Woman to have her own solo movie, bringing her character to the light. Released on June 2, WW has taken the world by … Read More

Monarch Movie Review: 4/20 Edition

April 13, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge | Staff Writer

‘Dazed and Confused’ (1993)

Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” is a love letter to lost children who find themselves stuck between transitions in life. The film never demonizes those children for their aimlessness seeing as it is … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘Tower,’ ‘The Discovery’ and ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’

April 7, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge | Staff Writer

‘Tower’ (2016) | NR | 96 min. 🎬🎬🎬🎬🎬

To the inhabitants of Austin, Texas, the date of August 1, 1966 will forever be represented as a time of fear, survival and mortality. On this day, Charles Whitman, … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ and ‘Come and Find Me’

March 30, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge Staff Writer

‘Chi-Raq’ (2015) | R | 127 min.🎬🎬🎬🎬

The city of Chicago, in media, has been given the nickname of “Chi-Raq” due to the fact that it’s violence and gun related deaths outmatch the ones in war zones. To … Read More

No Go, ‘Power Rangers’

March 24, 2017 |

Ross Reelachart | Technology Editor

There’s a scene in “Power Rangers” where the original theme song from the ‘90s television show played, and I momentarily got into the movie. The moment lasted barely ten seconds before the classic theme faded out, … Read More

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Lives up to Every Expectation

March 24, 2017 |

Fatima Rivera | Contributing Writer

Disney continues to recreate beloved classics into live action movies, ranging from “Cinderella” to “Maleficent.” “Beauty and the Beast” is the most recent to join the category, which took many movie-goers on a nostalgic trip.

The movie … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘Beware the Slenderman,’ ‘Burning Sands’ and ‘Trespass Against Us’

March 23, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge | Staff Writer

‘Beware the Slenderman’ (2016) | NR | 114 min.  🎬🎬🎬🎬

In May of 2014, two 12-year-old girls lured their friend out into the middle of the woods in Waukesha, Wisconsin. They both proceeded to stab their friend … Read More

Marvel Unleashed: ‘Logan’

March 17, 2017 |

Ross Reelachart | Technology Editor

There is room in my heart for many different kinds of stories, told in many different kinds of ways. The supposed final Wolverine movie, “Logan,” just so happens to take the form of one of those favorites. … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘Tickled,’ ‘Girl Asleep’ and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

March 17, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge Staff Writer

‘Tickled’ (2016) | R | 92 min. 🎬🎬🎬🎬🎬

New Zealand journalist David Ferrier begins the film by characterizing himself as someone who is obsessed with the weird and bizarre side of human life. His hunt for colorful topics … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘Swiss Army Man,’ ‘Girlfriend’s Day’ and ‘Author: The JT LeRoy Story’

February 23, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge Staff Writer

‘Swiss Army Man’ (2016) | R | 97 min. 🎬🎬🎬

Director Daniel Kwan’s latest film is certainly interesting. The film opens with Hank (Paul Dano) standing before the ocean on a deserted island ready to hang himself. From his … Read More

‘The Great Wall’ Isn’t So Great

February 17, 2017 |

Ross Reelachart

Technology Editor

It’s no secret that China is an up-and-coming global superpower (if not one already), and in the world of movies its presence is just as tangible. No studio working today would dare make a mega blockbuster without China’s … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople,’ ‘White Girl’ and ‘The Monster’

February 17, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge Staff Writer

‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (2016) | PG-13 | 101 min. 🎬🎬🎬🎬

Constantly in and out of foster homes, Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) hasn’t been able to stay out of trouble long enough to find a home. Disappointment comes … Read More

Weekend Double Feature: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

February 10, 2017 |

Deck: A Beautiful Ballet of Violence and Action Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

In a world where shaky-cam and rapid editing techniques have come to define most big name action movies, “John Wick: Chapter 2” is a bold renaissance that reminds us … Read More