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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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Watch as I fumble around like a moron trying to figure out this gem of a classic. Stay tuned for more Let’s Plays and upcoming events! Follow us on Twitter @reeldudereviews and

Chat  —  Posted: October 11, 2016 in Let's Play!
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November is just around the corner potter fans! With the end of the year comes the highly anticipated prequel to J.K. Rowling’s beloved novel series starring Oscar winner Eddie RedmayneColin Farrell, and more. Check out the final released trailer before the film’s release below!


The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds (Courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures). 

Chat  —  Posted: September 28, 2016 in Spotlight
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Bros to the Close

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Reviewed by Mason Manuel

Poorly made movies can occasionally be made bearable by a certain admirable trait, whether it be an excellent story or cinematography ect. In the Magnificent Seven’s case the saving grace comes from its star studded cast. Director Anotine Fuqua does not necessarily bring anything new to the table but the cliché western is undoubtedly fun with many a moment that will make you chuckle and wish for the old days regardless of your age. This ages old tale of a bunch of ruffians coming together to take out the bad guy may be as old as the Western itself but the undeniable charm will make you grin in spite of itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: September 27, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt star in Passengers, a sci-fi love story from the director of The Imitation Game. Being that these are two of my most favorite actors I can’t wait to see this! Check out the trailer below courtesy of Sony Pictures.

Chat  —  Posted: September 20, 2016 in Spotlight

Sully is the Captain Now

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Reviewed by Mason Manuel

A great film is normally so because it is greater as a sum of its parts rather than relying on one novel idea. The same could be said of the famed incident dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson.” For those unfamiliar, on January 15th, 2009, a commercial airliner lost both engines and was forced to make a controlled descent into the Hudson River. The captain of the plane, Chesley Sullenberger (A.K.A. Sully) masterfully landed in the extreme conditions and managed to do so without losing a single passenger. But none of that would have been possible had it not been for his capable co-pilot, the coast guard, multiple ferrymen, and brave passengers that helped follow and execute emergency procedures.  Sully may focus on the titular captain but rather than become a melodramatic biopic the film works hard to give credit to all whom it is due and become something more. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: September 10, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Maybe Should Have Stayed Dead

Reviewed by Mason Manuel

The past few years have been chock full of frenzied studios rebooting beloved franchises with mixed success. Every one of them was met with a mix of well-deserved pessimism and excitement before release as we have all been hurt before by heartless cash grabs trying to make a quick buck off of fond childhood memories. But the Ghostbusters situation was a bit different. Any excitement was quickly nodded off by many angry internet commenters screaming at how the film was just a lame attempt at pacifying today’s politically correct culture and not an attempt to build upon a great franchise. Though wholly unfair, the complaints had a ring of truth behind them. Would the film be a simple “power to women” piece rather than a re-imagination of a cool idea with a funny female cast? As it turns out, the new team of Ghostbusters are actually a hell of a good time. The movie however… probably should have stayed in the crypt. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: July 20, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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Just Keep Swimming

Nostalgic reboots seem to have a curse of sorts. I’m not talking about meeting fan hype or even being committed to the original material, rather, I am talking about long awaited sequels/reboots retreading the exact same steps as the original in an attempt to recapture the magic. That does not necessarily mean that the sequel will be a poor film, but it does leave a great deal to be desired. Such is the case with films like The Force Awakens, Point Break, and unfortunately Finding Dory. Though the long awaited Pixar adventure is more than enjoyable, the over-familiar plot makes for a black mark on an otherwise beautiful piece of art. Read the rest of this entry »

Chat  —  Posted: June 21, 2016 in Movie Reviews
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