Shakiel Mahjouri

‘Logan’ Film Review

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Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. Few actors are so closely associated with an iconic character, but all good things must come to an end and Logan marks the end of an era. Logan is an experience unlike any other X-Men movie. The action is secondary to the characters and the destination is secondary to the journey. Touted as the final X-Men film to star Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Logan closes the book on a surprisingly emotional note. This final adventure, a rated R movie, explores a world where mutants are on the brink of extinction. Wolverine’s friends…read more

‘A Cure For Wellness’ Film Review

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A Cure for Wellness marks the big return of Gore Verbinski — the mind behind “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Ring” — and you can bet his latest movie will leave audiences and critics divided. The eerie new psychological thriller follows an ambitious young executive named Mr. Lockhart (Dane DeHaan), tasked with retrieving his CEO from a “wellness spa” in the Swiss Alps. Lockhart begins to suspect all may not be as it seems at the facility, after he too is admitted for the same curious illness that plagues all its…read more

‘Hidden Figures’ Film Review

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Hidden Figures is an inspiring true story about breaking barriers and the brilliant intuitiveness of women. Anchored by a remarkable true story and elevated by a well-crafted cast, Hidden Figures shoots for the moon. Set in the early ’60s, Hidden Figures tells the true story of African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and her two colleagues at NASA, Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). With the U.S. losing ground to the Soviet Union in the Space race, these three women become integral parts of country’s eventual space success — overcoming intense racial and…read more

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Film Review

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Rules Don’t Apply is, at its core, a story about love and people. Featuring a formidable cast and plenty of ’50s charm, can legendary director Warren Beatty craft a cohesive cinematic journey with his experienced, but shaky hands? Set in Hollywood during the late ’50s, Rules Don’t Apply is a throwback to the days of true love and fedoras. Not satisfied with just directing the movie, Rules Don’t Apply also marks Beatty’s return to a feature role for the first time in 15 years. The movie revolves around a strange love triangle between…read more

‘Trolls’ Film Review

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Animated movies are arguably hotter than ever, after all the last six years have produced the six highest-grossing animated films of all-time. Trolls, an animated musical starring Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, looks to strike while the iron is hot. Movies usually produce a line of toys, but every so often that formula is flipped. Much like the G.I. Joe action figures, Dreamworks new animated movie Trolls is inspired by the once uber-popular wacky-haired Troll dolls. Kendrick and Timberlake star as trolls Poppy and Branch, two complete opposites working together to…read more

‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ Film Review

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Keeping Up with the Joneses keeps up with Hollywood’s search for a new-age comedy classic. Putting a fun twist on a familiar formula, the film’s cast pulls a few tricks out of its bag — but doesn’t do anything new. Keeping Up with the Joneses stars Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, and “Wonder Woman” herself Gal Gadot. The former two are a regular married couple living the suburban life, while the latter pair are seemingly-perfect undercover government agents. The simple-living Gaffney’s sniff out the Joneses for the spies they truly…read more

‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ Film Review

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children draws comparisons to Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Dark, Gothic imagery and the supernatural are the story’s cornerstones. Directed by Tim Burton, the film has every chance to be a big hit with this generation’s young teen audience, but it can ‘t hold a candle to the genre’s golden standard.   The film tells the tale of a seemingly ordinary boy named Jake (Asa Butterfield) who discovers a magical world described to him by his grandfather. That world comes in the form of “Peculiars”, children with superhuman powers, who…read more

‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Film Review

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A Tale of Love and Darkness stars Natalie Portman in her directorial debut. Adapted from the multi-award winning autobiographical novel of the same name by Amos Oz, it documents Oz’s life in Jerusalem’s last few years under the British Mandate and Israel’s first few years of independence. Portman picked a hearty and challenging first feature film —  but did she bite off more than she could chew? Let’s put a little disclaimer here. A Tale of Love and Darkness tells a captivating story, and it is told primarily in Hebrew. If…read more

‘Morgan’ Film Review

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The latest sci-fi thriller from 20th Century Fox features the directorial debut of Luke Scott — son of legendary Ridley Scott. Morgan has big shoes to fill, after all Luke’s first feature film tackles the genre his father helped define. So does a fresh, untested perspective and some clever casting elevate director Scott’s first outing? Morgan is no showstopper, but should be praised for recognising its limitations. The sci-fi genre has been explored in almost every conceivable way; it’s near-impossible to breakthrough without a blockbuster budget or seasoned cast and crew. Instead…read more

‘Deadpool’ Film Review

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The long anticipated premiere of Deadpool has arrived. For audiences, “The Merc with a Mouth” is a fresh take on the familiar presentation of superhero films. For studios, the R-Rated movie is an experiment to determine the genres reach. Whether or not the latter proves successful is up to the box office – but without a doubt Ryan Reynolds latest project is a much welcomed change to the Marvel universe. If there is one thing Deadpool gets right, more than anything else, it’s the personality. 20th Century Fox was absolutely right…read more