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Reviewed by Nicholas Vandeloecht

Between Kubo and Moana, it’s been the year of animated movies that, change a couple characters and details here and there, could have easily turned into movie adaptations of the Legend of Zelda…and become the best videogame movies we could’ve gotten to date. Instead we get the film that Pocahontas probably could’ve and should’ve been. Moana is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and is the latest movie to come out of Walt Disney Animated Studios and showcases that Disney may very well be undergoing another golden age. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: December 2, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Reviewed by Nicholas Vandeloecht

Get ready for the test of your patience that you never saw coming! Allied is a new release from acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Castaway, Back to the Future) and stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt in a period piece romance about two spies who fall in love during a covert mission in Casablanca and then how the husband, played by Pitt, gets information about how his wife could be working for the Germans, and so now he has to either prove her innocence or, if she is a spy, he must kill her. Because what sells your allegiance to the good side any better than executing the love of your life, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: December 1, 2016 in Movie Reviews

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Reviewed by Nicholas Vandeloecht

Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols, is set in the late 1950s and early 1960s D.C./Virginia region and stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple whose struggle to stay together in their native state of Virginia resulted in the groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling that declared the state ban on interracial marriages to be unconstitutional. At the start of the movie, Mildred reveals to Richard that she’s pregnant, and then from there we get moments showing how in love they are and also how they get married in D.C. because that kind of stuff is considered “no bueno” in the State of Virginia. This is the Commonwealth! We believe in robins staying with robins and sparrows staying with sparrows! No filthy mixes! Well, someone we never find out about tips off the local deputies, who arrest Richard and Mildred for being a married white and black couple. They take a guilty plea that forces them to leave the State of Virginia should they choose to preserve their marriage, which they do. And from there, we get the story of the factors that bring them back to Virginia and the people who help them stay there without fear of persecution via the famous Loving v. Virginia ruling. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: November 29, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Reviewed by Nicholas Vandeloecht

Have you ever looked forward to seeing your significant other at the end of a long workday, but to get there, you first have to sit through a meeting where a boss or manager is essentially rambling off a bunch of ideas and pointers that come off as grating, incoherent and insane? Probably not, but this movie is the closest thing to that. Set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Rules Don’t Apply is a 2016 period romance directed by Warren Beatty and stars Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Beatty himself and a whole slew of big names in a story that centers on a forbidden romance…or so you think. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: November 29, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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The sequel to Ridley Scott’s critically decisive Prometheus has finally had a small amount of light shed on it. Titled simply Alien:Covenant, the above poster gives a frighteningly close look at the classic Xenomorph with it reading simply “run.” Little is known about Alien: Covenant aside from the cast which was announce will include returning star Michael Fassbender as the android David. The film is slated for release May 19th, 2017. For more information stay tuned to RDR! 

Chat  —  Posted: November 24, 2016 in Spotlight

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They’re Coming

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

If you knew something that you ferociously loved would cause you immense heartbreak in the future, would you still want to love? This very human question is one of many at the heart of the sci-fi thriller Arrival. Despite introducing aliens, spaceships, and other futuristic elements, Arrival remains firmly rooted in reality. This boldly simplistic take on a normally larger than life genre paired with the best performance Amy Adams has given in her career makes Arrival an event worth witnessing.

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Chat  —  Posted: November 21, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Best Film of 2016

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

(Editor’s Note:The following is an advance review. Access to this film was provided by the Middleburg Film Festival. RDR would like to thank the Middleburg Film committee for their generosity and look forward to working with them again!)

I am calling it now. Damien Chazelle once again shows that he is worthy of an Oscar with this brilliant tribute to jazz and the history of film making. La La Land is one of those films you see once in a generation, both challenging and showing great love for the status quo of film and music today. It never forgets that at the end of the day art is something to be expressed and criticized while still being loved. Pair that off with an addictive soundtrack and you have yourself one hell of a motion picture. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: October 30, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Reviewed by Mason Manuel

A Stale Conception

The promotion of slavery is one of the darkest blots on American history. As such, much like the Holocaust and the massacres of the World Wars, such traumatic events deserve to be remembered and chronicled in the art of today. However, a simple retelling is not enough. Chronicling true events is well and good but they still need to set themselves apart from other stories that have already been told. While The Birth of a Nation is an unarguably powerful film, it does little to nothing to set itself apart from the countless predecessor slavery biopics. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: October 14, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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