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Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ brings a universe to conclusion

Review: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ brings a universe to conclusion

Lucy Conrad

May 1, 2019

“Avengers: Endgame” is the long-awaited conclusion to a franchise that has lasted 11 years and spread over more than 20 films. It’s hard to wrap up that much content, even with a three hour run-time, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo do the best they can.The best they can isn’...

Review: ‘Shazam!’

Review: ‘Shazam!’

Lucy Conrad

April 10, 2019

"Shazam!" is a simple movie, and in many ways, that’s where its merit lies. The story of a young boy who is given the power to turn into an adult with superhuman powers by an interdimensional wizard is, by default, hard to take seriously. The trick is making sure the corniness of the comic book so...

Review: ‘High Life’ enters uncharted territory

Review: ‘High Life’ enters uncharted territory

Lucy Conrad

April 10, 2019

Director Claire Denis’ "High Life" is almost never silent. When there is no dialogue, there is a deluge of sound. The creaking of old machinery, the crying of an infant, the pulsing and drowning of Tindersticks’ experimental score. The bubbling waters of memory. The sound mixing of the mo...

Review: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ is a different kind of classic

Review: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ is a different kind of classic

Lucy Conrad

March 26, 2019

There is a term in modern film journalism that has been circulating for years, becoming prominent after the overnight success of Jordan Peele’s "Get Out," called “elevated horror.” The idea is that horror films don’t normally have any artistic merit besides a few thrills, and films...

Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ fails to launch

Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ fails to launch

Lucy Conrad

March 13, 2019

"Captain Marvel" is a superhero film centered around a woman, an inherent political act that is simultaneously the film’s greatest merit and detriment.Of course, there is always a degree of excitement with seeing a woman finally breach a space largely dominated by men. This is the greatest argume...

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