Film Reviews | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:36:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Film Reviews | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 Natalie Portman delivers an impressive performance but a terrible ending ruins ‘Annihilation’ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/22/natalie-portman-delivers-impressive-performance-terrible-ending-ruins-annihilation/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/22/natalie-portman-delivers-impressive-performance-terrible-ending-ruins-annihilation/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:10:34 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101532 These are strange days in Hollywood, as the world faces a moment in which women are rising up and taking a stand against the abuses perpetrated against them. As the #metoo and #timesup movements are shaking the entertainment industry, it will be interesting to see how their newfound power takes shape and affects the landscape […]

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‘Black Panther’ gives the world its first full-on black superhero film https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/15/black-panther-gives-world-first-full-black-superhero-film/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/15/black-panther-gives-world-first-full-black-superhero-film/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:15:08 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101327 T here have been nearly 20 movies in the pretentiously titled (yet wildly entertaining) Marvel Cinematic Universe since “Iron Man” kicked off the tidal wave of superhero cinema that has overwhelmed audiences worldwide since 2008. In a prime example of just how overly dominant white culture is in Hollywood, none of these stories centered on […]

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ may be an Oscar contender, but it’s rotten to the core https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/08/call-name-may-oscar-contender-rotten-core/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/08/call-name-may-oscar-contender-rotten-core/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:00:33 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101112 There are some movies that are inexplicably popular with critics but utterly fail with the public. This problem is compounded each Oscar season when there is at least one Best Picture nominee that actual audiences stay away from in droves. This year, there are two pretentious stinkers in the field of nine top-prize contenders for […]

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“The Shape of Water” a princess romance https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/01/shape-water-princess-romance/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/01/shape-water-princess-romance/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:00:46 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=101029 The Shape of Water

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The laughably pretentious ‘Phantom Thread’ may be up for Best Picture, but the joke’s on viewers https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/01/laughably-pretentious-phantom-thread-may-best-picture-jokes-viewers/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/02/01/laughably-pretentious-phantom-thread-may-best-picture-jokes-viewers/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:00:10 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=100970 phantom thread

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This year’s nominees are nearly spot-on perfect https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/25/years-nominees-nearly-spot-perfect/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/25/years-nominees-nearly-spot-perfect/#respond Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:10:28 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=100823 The Academy Awards have been overrun with controversy in recent years, particularly by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign that called out the disgraceful fact that there were no African-American nominees in the major acting categories in 2015 and 2016.  This year’s nominations were announced early Tuesday morning, and the choices reflected some seismic shifts in the film […]

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The real winner in “Molly’s Game” https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/25/real-winner-mollys-game/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/25/real-winner-mollys-game/#respond Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:00:19 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=100834 “Molly’s Game” is based on the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain).  She runs a high-stakes poker game frequented by A-list celebrities and other recognizable faces, an endeavor which eventually leads to her arrest. Unlike the memoir upon which the movie is based, the film refrains from naming some of the celebrities involved, choosing […]

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I, Tonya” and its imperfect narrator https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/18/tonya-imperfect-narrator/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/18/tonya-imperfect-narrator/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:54 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=100682 The documentary style filmmaking of “I, Tonya” recreates interviews with Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan) while chronicling the skater’s life leading up to the infamous attack on Nancy Kerrigan.  Though many films utilize a “based on a true story” title card to capitalize on the sensationalism […]

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‘12 Strong’ offers a fresh look at a little-known chapter of the war in Afghanistan https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/18/12-strong-offers-fresh-look-little-known-chapter-war-afghanistan/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/18/12-strong-offers-fresh-look-little-known-chapter-war-afghanistan/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:10 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=100657 My mother lost her father shortly after her birth, when he was killed in the Battle of Normandy during World War II. My father is a retired VA physician who devoted his career to prescribing prosthetics and the physical therapy regimen for wounded soldiers. Thus I have never found glamour in war, and rarely watch […]

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‘I, Tonya’ tells Tonya Harding’s notorious tale with stinging wit and brutal honesty https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/11/i-tonya-tells-tonya-hardings-notorious-tale-with-stinging-wit-and-brutal-honesty/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/01/11/i-tonya-tells-tonya-hardings-notorious-tale-with-stinging-wit-and-brutal-honesty/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:15:32 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=100510 The Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks collaboration “The Post” is drawing plenty of glowing attention for its portrayal of the noble side of journalism via the Washington Post’s historic battle to print the Pentagon Papers. But the indie upstart “I, Tonya” packs even more of a punch by showing how the Fourth Estate started its terrible tumble […]

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