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Retro Review

Retro Review: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (2005) is beloved, celebrated for a reason

Retro Review: ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (2005) is beloved, celebrated for a reason

Ben Churney, news staff May 8, 2024

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for April 2024 is “literature adaptations.” Simple and sublime, Joe Wright’s 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1813 novel “Pride...

Retro Review: ‘Little Women’ (1994) needs way more love

Retro Review: ‘Little Women’ (1994) needs way more love

Ben Churney, news staff May 5, 2024

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for April 2024 is “literature adaptations.” Too good. “Little Women” is a story beloved across generations. The original story,...

Retro Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ stands the test of time

Retro Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ stands the test of time

Ben Churney, news staff April 30, 2024

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for April 2024 is “literature adaptations.” Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of the most famous books...

Retro Review: ‘The Great Gatsby’ is an overly glamorous headache

Retro Review: ‘The Great Gatsby’ is an overly glamorous headache

Ben Churney, news staff April 20, 2024

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for April 2024 is “literature adaptations.” Time for a deep breath. Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic...

Retro Review: ‘About Time’ is the time loop subgenre’s saving grace

Retro Review: ‘About Time’ is the time loop subgenre’s saving grace

Ben Churney, news staff February 15, 2024

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for January 2024 is “time loop.” “I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one, to enjoy it, as if...

Retro Review: ‘Happy Death Day’ is another shallow time-loop film

Retro Review: ‘Happy Death Day’ is another shallow time-loop film

Ben Churney, news staff February 7, 2024

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for January 2024 is “time loop.” Should the “time loop” genre exist? No clue. That’s what this month has come to. Christopher...

Retro Review: ‘12 Monkeys’ can’t compare to its original inspiration

Retro Review: ‘12 Monkeys’ can’t compare to its original inspiration

Ben Churney, news staff February 1, 2024

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for January 2024 is “time loop.” It appears this time loop subgenre is tough for filmmakers to nail, because, just like “Groundhog...

Retro Review: ‘Groundhog Day’ is a loop of brutal boredom

Retro Review: ‘Groundhog Day’ is a loop of brutal boredom

Ben Churney, news staff January 14, 2024

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for January 2024 is “time loop.” January — the month of failing resolutions, new beginnings and fresh starts. It’s also the wintery...

Retro Review: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ has yet to be topped in stop-motion

Retro Review: ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ has yet to be topped in stop-motion

Ben Churney, news staff November 30, 2023

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for November 2023 is “stop-motion.” “Does anyone actually read my column?”  Mr. Fox (George Clooney) asks. Relatable. Before...

Retro Review: Unlike a great cheese, ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,’ hasn’t aged well

Retro Review: Unlike a great cheese, ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,’ hasn’t aged well

Ben Churney, news staff November 22, 2023

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for November 2023 is “stop-motion.” “Wallace and Gromit” is a staple childhood franchise for so many. Cheese-crazy Wallace (Peter...

Retro Review: ‘Anomalisa’ tells a heartbreakingly human story through puppetry

Retro Review: ‘Anomalisa’ tells a heartbreakingly human story through puppetry

Ben Churney, news staff November 12, 2023

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for November 2023 is “stop-motion.” “What is it to be human? What is it to ache? What is it to be alive? I don’t know,” said Michael...

Retro Review: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ can be for whatever holiday you want

Retro Review: ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ can be for whatever holiday you want

Ben Churney, news staff November 3, 2023

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for November 2023 is “stop-motion.” The candles in the pumpkins have been blown out and the decorative cobwebs, tombstones and haunted...