Movie Review: The Prodigy

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Orion; 2019] Rating: 3/10 It’s said that horror is the easiest genre of film to execute, and The Prodigy proves that statement to be true. This movie is full of rushed pacing and idle writing, relying on the simple conventions of pop-up horror to scare the audience. If you’re looking…

Movie Review: Green Book

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Universal; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Green Book follows Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip, or Vallelonga, as he insists in the film (Viggo Mortensen) as he drives genius piano player Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour through the deep south in the 1960s. Lip has to face his prejudices about working for…

Movie Review: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Warner Bros., 2019] Rating: 7/10 Everything is awesome in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Ok, that joke was not the best, but this movie is fantastic regardless. Animated movies are typically fun, but in the end, they’re typically worth a single watch and nothing more. Lego Movie 2 managed…

Movie Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Annapurna Pictures; 2018] Rating: 8/10 So often when movies attempt to be bittersweet they forget the “sweet” part. If Beale Street Could Talk did not. It manages to take a heartbreaking reality and make it something warm. It is a love story at its core, and for once a movie…

Movie Review: A Silent Voice

By Justin Cudahy, Columns Editor [Kyoto Animation; 2016] Rating: 9.5/10 Note: This is a review for the dub release of A Silent Voice Despite being originally released in 2016, A Silent Voice had only reached a limited audience during its initial run, playing in only a handful of theatres in the United States. Now, over…

ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

1. BlacKkKlansman, [Focus Features; 2018] By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer Set in the 1970s during the middle of the civil rights movement, black police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white man. Based on a true story, this film depicts the real-life events of what occurred in…

Movie Review: The House That Jack Built

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Zentropa; 2018] Rating: 8/10 A Lars von Trier film without controversy is like an ocean without tides, but the non-stop outrage that came out of Cannes this year for his newest film, The House That Jack Built, felt more sinister than usual. Over 100 people stormed out of the theater…

Movie Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [Netflix; 2018] Rating: 8/10 As if we didn’t already have enough Western-inspired movies from Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs brings you six short anthologies in one feature-length film. Each 20-ish-minute-long episode takes on a different perspective of living in the wild, wild West. This style of storytelling…

Movie Review: Suspiria

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Amazon Studios; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria is a disorienting, hypnotic and precise mix of horror and dance. The story centers on a dance academy in Berlin in 1977 that doubles as a home for a coven of witches who cast magic through dance. We follow the stories…

Movie Review: Beautiful Boy

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Amazon Studios; 2018] Rating: 7/10 With the country deep in the middle of an opioid crisis, it’s no surprise that one of the most Oscar bait-like movies of the year is Beautiful Boy, an autobiographical story based on the books by father and son David and Nic Sheff about the…

Movie Review: The Grinch

By Ceara Kelly: Staff Writer [Illumination; 2018] Rating: 2.5/10 Christmas is dead. People always talk about how it is nothing but a greedy holiday about money and nothing more, and after watching the newest remake of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, you can’t help but think maybe those people are right. There’s no other explanation for…

Movie Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [GK Films; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 First things first: Rami Malek? Knocked it out of the park. Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-awaited biopic about Queen, just barely scratches the surface of the European rock group’s history. Though it’s filled with flashy concert scenes and a mind-blowing recreation of the 1985 Live Aid concert,…