Shakiel Mahjouri

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘Fantastic Four’ Film Review

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We as viewers are in the golden age of super hero cinema. Marvel studios is expanding their blockbuster universe with big story lines, character crossovers and TV series. DC has also begun to churn out content, with fans bubbling in anticipation for Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad. Amidst a treasure trove of super powered freaks, Fantastic Four is little more than fools good. The new reboot of the super hero squad is trapped in the negative zone, with countless other non-marvel produced movies. The film introduces a new origin…read more