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Review: "Wonder Wheel" the Un-Wonderful (2 of 5 Stars)

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By Christina Nicole, Staff Writer  The painfully neurotic Woody Allen is back in all his lackluster glory to tell another self-indulgent tale of love and woe peppered with little bits of dry humor. Wonder Wheel has all the classic makings of a Woody Allen film; it’s a period piece about a writer/aspiring writer, set in NY, with a narrator/character that breaks the fourth wall. It’s a self-indulgent film, oozing with exposition and lacking charm, wit, believability, and in some ways story. As with each film, Woody Allen chooses are surrogate to play him, and in Wonder Wheel , Justin Timberlake lacks the awkward nuance that encapsulates a fake Woody Allen in the 1950s. Timberlake is too beautiful to play Woody Allen, and not good enough as an actor to be believable as a person from that era. Timberlake plays the narrator, Mickey, an NYU grad student studying European Drama, i.e. an aspiring (play)writer. The film starts with Timberlake talking directly to the audience, setting the scene

#NeverForget, The Vibrant and Memorable Coco — Review (5 of 5 Stars)

By Christina Nicole, Senior Staff Editor Coco is magnificent and clearly the best animated film of the year. Pixar has created another masterpiece that entertains and tugs on the heart strings. It’s a rare gem. It’s culturally relevant and sensitive without the stigma of appropriation. The colors in Coco are intensely vibrant and they help breathe life into a film about following your dream, the importance of family, tradition and death. This hero’s journey is one of courage and determination. Perception isn’t always reality and someone’s irrational reaction to the pain of loss can have tremendous a effect on the generations to come. Miguel’s desire to be a musician is perpetually thwarted by his family, who has lived without music for nearly four generations. When Miguel is accidentally thrust into the Land of the Dead, he is tasked with the mission of convincing his ancestors that he his desire to be a musician is his true destiny. Miguel’s journey is wrought with the  highs, lows,

Roman J. Israel Esq. — Review (2 of 5 Stars)

by Christina Nicole Denzel Washington stars as the titular character in Roman J. Israel Esq. , about a legal savant, who appears to be on the Autism Spectrum, his convoluted relationship with the law, and taxing transitional period in his life. The film begins with Roman’s legal partner and the face the legal firm going into the hospital following a cardiac episode that leaves him comatose. Roman is then tasked with obtaining continuances for the firm’s open cases, a task that proves to be unnecessarily difficult. The film takes a bit too long to establish the extent of Roman’s character quirks. The set up isn’t even worth the “pay off”. Denzel’s acting is really good, because he has never appeared so uncouth. His character is like the sand in your bathing suit you can’t to get out: irritating. Colin Farrell does an okay job acting in this film, and so does Carmen Ejogo.  The chief complaint about Carmen is that her accent isn’t consistent throughout the film. The accent starts America

#GAfilm Review: A Bad Moms Christmas (3 of 5 Stars)

By Christina Nicole, Senior Writer It’s holiday time and the this year’s Christmas movies are here. A Bad Moms Christmas ushers in this year’s holiday season with some giggles. Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn reprise their roles from the original Bad Moms film in the holiday sequel. They were stressed, navigating the crowded malls, searching for the must-have gifts and trying to plan the perfect celebrations for their families; but that does not last.  Our favorite Bad Moms are #reclaimingtheirtime. They vow to enjoy the holidays as opposed to being overwhelmed by them. Of course the blissful relaxation of giving up on providing the perfect Christmas is short lived because the mothers of all three moms show up unannounced. We have an over-involved/clingy mom, an overbearing/critical mom, and a relative deadbeat mom; and for the most part, hilarity ensues when the mother-daughter duos interact. Christine Baranski is a devilish delight as Mila Kunis’s mom, but the whole film f