Category Archives: Film

…Let the Light In

“A Wrinkle In Time,” the novel by Madeleine L’Engle, is a short book. Packed into those few hundred pages are whole worlds. Some are in bright, brilliant colors, others in dull shades of brown, but all are equally fascinating.

Ava DuVernay’s reimagining of this beloved novel attempts to capture all of the sparkle and brilliance (and then some).

For those who didn’t have “A Wrinkle in Time,” included in their grade school curriculum, here’s a quick run through. Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a smart but troubled student dealing with the stress of school and the strain at home of an absent parent. Read the rest of this entry



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Happy Post-Oscar Monday, fellow crusaders! Congrats to all of last night’s victors and near victors. I know it sounds corny and cliche, but it really is an honor to be nominated. Just ask anyone who wasn’t.

For most of us today is just a normal Monday. Although, if you stayed up for the entire program last night it is a slightly drowsiest beginning to the week. Read the rest of this entry


It’s here, crusaders! Oscar Sunday is here!

It’s been quite the journey and if the history of this award season has taught us anything, it’s far from over.

This year, Jimmy Kimmel gets a chance at hosting redemption, and the Oscars get a chance at changing its image in the midst of a transformational awards season.

Heading into its 90th ceremony the Academy is already pushing its boundaries (which frankly does not take much when your boundaries are very, very, very narrow). Read the rest of this entry

…Ebb and Flow

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” is a marvel. Its central premise, a mother who challenges the law when she sees no progress on her daughter’s murder, sounds intriguing but fails to capture the complexities of the film.

Set in the fictional town of Ebbing, Missouri, “Three Billboards,” tells the story of Mildred (Francis McDormand), a divorcée mother on a mission to move her daughters murder case along. She does so with a lack of subtlety and serious style.

Her choice of weapon, three billboards with one message, read simply: RAPED WHILE DYING, AND STILL NO ARRESTS? HOW COME, CHIEF WILLOUGHBY? Read the rest of this entry

…take flight

I hate to be too hyperbolic as I head into my final best picture review of this 2018 Oscar season, but to say that “Lady Bird” spoke to my soul would not be an overstatement.

This story, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, tells the tale of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a senior at an all-girls Catholic high school in Sacramento.

It’s both a coming of age story and a mother-daughter tale as Lady Bird navigates high school (and all of the best friends (Beanie Feldstein), boyfriends (Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet), and drama club that goes with it) and her relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf). Read the rest of this entry