Author: Teaira Lacson

Cars 3 Stalls in the Final Turn

Overview: The next generation of rookie race cars threaten Lightning McQueen’s reign as the Piston Cup champion and McQueen’s’ comrades as they are pressured to retire; Rated G; 109 minutes; 2017. What Goes Around Comes Around: Like many trilogies, Cars 3 should’ve maybe stopped at Cars 2 and spared an unnecessary filler movie. Luckily, the original Cars cast has returned for possibly the last installment. Following successful championship wins year-after-year, a damaging crash on the track initiates a period of contemplation for Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). Cars 3 exhibits a recursive theme throughout the movie, echoing Doc Hudson’s career crash, mentorship, and friendship. Pixar’s latest...

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The Boss Baby Is About As Good As You Expect (Which Is “Not At All”)

Overview: The distribution of love for babies is threatened when a new puppy is due to hit the market. To prevent this, reinforcements are sent in via the Boss Baby; DreamWorks Animation; 2017; Rated PG; 98 minutes. Look Who’s Talking: Babies and young children being portrayed with adult qualities? Still creepy. Admittedly, being one of the many who would get emoji-heart eyes when a tiny human dons hypebeast clothing, I have come to reject projecting adult characteristics onto children…all thanks to The Boss Baby. The deep voice of Alec Baldwin emitting from a human tamagotchi was cringeworthy from the first...

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Sing Hits a Flat Note

Overview: To reignite interest in the declining state of his theater, an ambitious and optimistic koala holds a singing competition. Universal Pictures; 2016; PG; 110 minutes. The Demise of the Tell-All Trailer: Within the series of three main trailers launched to promote Sing, the rise, the fall, and the comeback bares it all in the span of less than ten minutes. What you see is what you get. Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) hopes to uplift the contestants by reassuring them, “You know what’s great about hitting rock bottom? There’s only one way left to go, and that’s up!” The...

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Moana is a Pro-Active Jewel of a Disney Princess Film

Overview: A chieftain’s daughter ventures beyond her island’s safe waters, relying on her inner spirit and bloodline of wayfinding to save her people. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2016; Rated PG; 113 minutes. The Much Anticipated Brown Princess: Seven years have past since someone occupied the throne that Tiana. Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, and Elsa occupied as Disney princesses. Although each of these past princesses delivered heartwarming stories of personal growth, love, and family, they left more to be desired for girls, women, and people of color. Finally, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) isn’t confined to the limited genetic influence of the traditional Disney princess reproductive...

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What We’re Watching: Star Trek Beyond & Lights Out

  *whispers* I haven’t seen the original Ghostbusters… Changing that now #AEwww pic.twitter.com/UlRqI9cj3c — Teaira Lacson (@TeairaLacson) July 20, 2016 #AEwww: FANTASTIC PLANET (1973). pic.twitter.com/zzoENpTLZp — Sean K. Cureton (@seankcureton) July 17, 2016 #Aewww The Heat while eating more KFC than a human being can probably handle — Sean W. Fallon (@Equiatic_Bind) July 16, 2016 #AEwww does the LA LA LAND trailer count? I’ve practically got it on loop. pic.twitter.com/YmP9iKtrtj — The Neon Diego (@deggowaffles) July 15, 2016 Theatrical Releases for Friday, July 22: Nationwide Expansion Limited Nationwide Nationwide Grade: C Limited Nationwide Nationwide Blu-ray/DVD Releases for Tuesday, July...

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What We’re Watching: Ghostbusters & Cafe Society

What We’re Watching: 4 Spielberg films I’ve yet to see. First up: Always #AEwww pic.twitter.com/cXpbhz4yQJ — Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) July 14, 2016 Theatrical Releases for Friday, July 15: Limited Limited Nationwide Limited LA Blu-ray/DVD Releases for Tuesday, July 19:  Grade: B New on Netflix, July 15 – July 21:  Grade: C   Featured Image: Columbia...

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What We’re Watching: Mike and Dave and Pets

What We’re Watching: #AEwww The Big Short. One of my favorites from last year. — GP (@graceporta) June 16, 2016 I may be finding time to rewatch OJ: Made in America in a binge second serving this weekend. #AEwww — David S. (@AE_DavidS) June 16, 2016 #aewww The Hunt for the Wilderpeople pic.twitter.com/CZ8Q1r8Ikd — Sean VV. Fallon (@Equiatic_Bind) June 19, 2016 #aewww Only just getting around to watching Fantastic Four (2015). Can’t say I have high hopes — Jack Godwin (@jg_tijean) June 20, 2016 #Aewww The Boy Next Door this morning and Zootopia in the evening pic.twitter.com/fUW6YTyRYN — Sean...

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Approaching the Unknown Fronts a Warning

Overview: A solo astronaut embarks on one of the most historic missions to Mars with the intention of being the first to colonize the red planet; Paramount Pictures; 2016; Rated R; 90 minutes. Space Adventure and Existential Introspection: Captain William D. Stanaforth (Mark Strong) has 270 days to kill until he lands on Mars, and with no human interaction other than video feeds, it’s a trip only the most introverted would contemplate accepting. While Captain Stanaforth spends much of the movie applying too much self-destructive thought, with the film being only an hour and a half long, there is never...

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What We’re Watching: Independence Day Or a Farting Corpse

What We’re Watching: I may be finding time to rewatch OJ: Made in America in a binge second serving this weekend. #AEwww — David S. (@AE_DavidS) June 16, 2016 #aewww Only just getting around to watching Fantastic Four (2015). Can’t say I have high hopes — Jack Godwin (@jg_tijean) June 20, 2016 Theatrical Releases for Friday, June 24: Limited Limited Nationwide  Streaming  Limited  Grade: A Nationwide NY Limited Limited  Limited  Grade: B+  Limited Blu-ray/DVD Releases for Tuesday, June 28:  Grade: B+ Grade: A Grade: B New on Netflix, June 24 – June 30:   Featured Image: 20th Century...

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What We’re Watching: Central Intelligence on Finding Dory

What We’re Watching: #AEwww: THE LOBSTER (2016). pic.twitter.com/c1Qn69aWKj — Sean K. Cureton (@seankcureton) June 6, 2016 #aewww When We Were Kings pic.twitter.com/MjiSSBLbio — Sean VV. Fallon (@Equiatic_Bind) June 7, 2016 #AEwww: JACO (2015). pic.twitter.com/oIVIt1u09g — Sean K. Cureton (@seankcureton) June 11, 2016 Theatrical Releases for Friday, June 17: Nationwide Limited Nationwide Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Grade: A- Blu-ray/DVD Releases for Tuesday, June 14: Grade: B Grade: A- Grade: A+ New on Netflix, June 17 – June 23: Grade: B+  Grade: D-  Grade: B Featured Image: Walt Disney Studios Motion...

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What We’re Watching: Warcraft, Conjuring 2, Now You See Me 2

What We’re Watching: Just watched Friday the 13th Part 2. Now cooling down with Hot Shots Part Deux #aewww — Jack Godwin (@jg_tijean) June 5, 2016 Jamin Winans’s The Frame is the sequel I never thought I needed #AEwww — Teaira Lacson (@TeairaLacson) June 5, 2016 Theatrical Releases for Friday, June 10: Limited Limited Nationwide Limited Limited Limited Limited Nationwide Limited Limited Nationwide Blu-ray/DVD Releases for Tuesday, June 14: Grade: A Grade: A-  Grade: B+ Grade: D New on Netflix, June 10 – June 16: Grade: B-   Featured Image: Universal...

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What We’re Watching: Me Before You, Popstar, TMNT

What We’re Watching: #AEwww with one of my ultimate comfort food movies pic.twitter.com/zXfgObXLjH — Just Diego (@deggowaffles) May 24, 2016 After many recommendations, finally getting around to Watching Dope #aewww pic.twitter.com/3BHe5veBWP — Jack Godwin (@jg_tijean) May 27, 2016 #AEwww: THE NICE GUYS (2016). pic.twitter.com/DAAmxaaS9Y — Sean K. Cureton (@seankcureton) May 28, 2016 @lorepodcast has made me curious about things that terrify me, thanks. #AEWWW #TheWitch pic.twitter.com/tmYJ5IQTSi — Teaira Lacson (@TeairaLacson) May 30, 2016 Still the best Cinderella remake to date #AEwww pic.twitter.com/qJYkCbBiCv — Teaira Lacson (@TeairaLacson) June 2, 2016 Theatrical Releases for Friday, June 3: Limited Limited Limited Limited...

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Welcome to Happiness Feels As Good As Its Title Promises

Overview: A children’s book author and keeper of a magical door tires of his admission duties and does all he can to gain access to what lies behind the door: the opportunity to change the past. FilmBuff; 2015; Not Rated; 108 Minutes. Complacency and Curiosity: From its opening, Welcome to Happiness gives meaning to the question, “What the hell is going on?” as an ever-present thought within the movie and in life itself. Director and Writer Oliver Thompson entertains and confuses in equal doses with his story of Woody Ward (Kyle Gallner) attempting his way over the threshold that so...

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What We’re Watching: X-Men and Through the Looking Glass

What We’re Watching: #aewww Venture Bros: Operation P.R.O.M aka the best episode of television ever made — Sean W. Fallon (@Equiatic_Bind) May 16, 2016 I watched The Revenant again last night. Visually arresting, but still brutal. #aewww pic.twitter.com/q9azvuKyoZ #AEwww with one of my ultimate comfort food movies pic.twitter.com/zXfgObXLjH — Just Diego (@deggowaffles) May 24, 2016 — Craig Tucker (@chillbone88) May 16, 2016 Excited for this! #aeWWW pic.twitter.com/tYEJNmQKw7 — Craig Tucker (@chillbone88) May 19, 2016 Theatrical Releases for Friday, May 27: Nationwide Streaming Limited LA Limited Limited Limited Nationwide Blu-ray/DVD Releases for Tuesday, May 31:  Grade: B-  Grade: B- New...

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Weekly Clickables: Mulholland Drive & The Nexus of Cinematic Language

It’s a Monday! And I have two reasons for why this Monday looks much brighter than others. First, it’s the Monday prior to Memorial Day weekend, meaning a three day weekend is on its way. Secondly, it’s a Monday, and Olan Rogers’ story of an unforgettable Monday makes the beginning of any work week a little more bearable. So without further ado, here are our Weekly Clickables. The Nerdwriter brings viewers a video essay that explores how David Lynch manipulates his audience in Mulholland Drive. Film Crit Hulk returns with a long essay on The Revenant, Mad Max, and the nexus of...

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