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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...

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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”...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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”...

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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?...

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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...

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Retro Review: ‘Halloween’ (1978) drips with patience and suspense

Retro Review: ‘Halloween’ (1978) drips with patience and suspense

Ben Churney, news staff
October 27, 2023

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for October 2023 is “slasher.” Naming a horror film after...

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Retro Review: ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984) is everything a slasher film should be

Retro Review: ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (1984) is everything a slasher film should be

Ben Churney, news staff
October 20, 2023

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for October 2023 is “slasher.” “Up yours with a twirling...

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Retro Review: ‘Friday the 13th’ (1980) fails to live up to the day’s rich history

Retro Review: ‘Friday the 13th’ (1980) fails to live up to the day’s rich history

Ben Churney, news staff
October 13, 2023

This article is part of the “Retro Review” series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for October 2023 is “slasher.” The history of Friday the...

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Retro Review: ‘Scream’ (1996) mocks and embraces the classic slasher tropes

Retro Review: ‘Scream’ (1996) mocks and embraces the classic slasher tropes

Ben Churney, news correspondent
October 6, 2023

This article is part of the "Retro Review" series. Each month, four films — united by a singular theme — are assessed. The theme for October 2023 is "slasher." “My mom and dad are going to be...

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Review: ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ honors franchise in a ferocious frenzy

Ben Churney, news correspondent
April 20, 2023

Jaw-dropping action, timeless Parisian landmarks, a club with waterfalls and a new dog! “John Wick: Chapter 4” is yet another addition to the franchise that brings unbelievable action, characters to...

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Review: ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ is a heartbreakingly relatable tale

Ben Churney, news correspondent
November 14, 2022

“The Banshees of Inisherin” delivers magnificent performances, breathtaking cinematography and a perfect balance between comedy and heart-wrenching moments. Pádraic Súilleabháin (Colin Farrell)...

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Review: In ‘Amsterdam,’ a cast full of stars fails to lift off

Ben Churney, news correspondent
October 24, 2022

“Amsterdam” had so much promise on paper, with its cast of award-winning heavyweights and an interesting-enough storyline, but the film does not seem likely to be nominated for an Oscar (or any award)...

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Review: ‘Barbarian’ is best left unspoiled

Review: ‘Barbarian’ is best left unspoiled

Ben Churney, news correspondent
September 23, 2022

The phrase, “You never know what’s coming next,” is an audience favorite when discussing films. However, “Barbarian” goes beyond that familiar adage. “Barbarian” is a horror-mystery film...

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