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Mace & Crown | March 26, 2017

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Movie Review Archives * Mace & Crown

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

Weekend Double Feature: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’

February 10, 2017 |

Ross Reelachart Technology Editor

“The LEGO Batman Movie” has the unenviable, and yet inevitable, task of living up to the precedent set by the original “LEGO Movie.” A genuinely great film that was both riotously funny and incredibly clever, “LEGO Movie” … Read More

Road to the Oscars: ‘O.J.: Made in America,’ ‘13th’ and ‘Life, Animated’

February 10, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge

Staff writer

 

‘O.J.: Made in America’ (2016) | NR | 467 min. 🎬🎬🎬🎬🎬

If one were around during the murder trial of legendary football star O.J. Simpson, they knew that it was a moment of history. The rise and fall of … Read More

‘Split’ Marks M. Night Shyamalan’s Return

February 3, 2017 |

Briel Felton Contributing Writer

“The broken are the more evolved,” McAvoy’s final personality, The Beast, says in M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film “Split.” The line provides a full-circle understanding of why each scene was critically placed in their particular order.

Shyamalan’s insolent … Read More

Road to the Oscars: ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Hell or High Water’ and ‘Fences’

February 3, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge Staff Writer

Staff Writer

‘Hidden Figures’ (2016) | PG | 127 min. | 🎬🎬🎬

As the U.S. raced the Russians to space exploration in the 1960s, NASA became desperate to put a man in space. In that desperation, they put their … Read More

Road to the Oscars (Monarch Movie Minute): ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Manchester by the Sea’

January 27, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge Staff Writer

Moonlight (2016) | R | 111 min | My rating: 5

The awards circuit that surrounds the film industry yearly is something that many critics shrug off as nothing but politics. While every year has its fair share … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘Anomalisia,’ ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ and ‘Yoga Hosers’

January 20, 2017 |

Tyler Passarge

Staff Writer

‘Anomalisia’ (2015) | R | 90 min | 🎬🎬🎬🎬

When watching a movie from Charlie Kaufman, viewers are submerged in a surrealist world of crisis and doubt in the self. In movies such as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless … Read More

Let’s Get Weird: Unconventional Christmas Movie Takeover

December 15, 2016 |

Robert Younger Contributing Writer

With the semester almost over and the holidays almost upon us, it’s a good time to start getting into the holiday mood with some good old-fashioned movies. Since we all know the classics, here are five of … Read More

Monarch Movie Minute: ‘The Lobster,’ ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’ and ‘A Christmas Horror Story’

December 15, 2016 |

Tyler Passarge Staff writer

‘The Lobster’ (2016) | R | 119 min. 🎬🎬🎬🎬

In a dystopian world that requires every person to have a romantic partner, David (Colin Farrell) is sent to a resort to find someone after his girlfriend leaves him. … Read More

Disney’s ‘Moana’ Warms Up the Winter Box Office

December 10, 2016 |

Robert Younger Contributing Writer

It’s safe to say by this point that the Disney Princess machine is back in full force. “Moana,” the latest of the new lineup of Disney animated films, hit the box office this fall. While it treads … Read More

Schlock-ing Around the Christmas Tree: ‘Santa Claus vs. the Devil’

December 10, 2016 |

George Plank Staff Writer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. A time for peace and togetherness. A time to put aside all of our differences in the name of brotherly love. It’s also the time of year when studios … Read More