Movie Review: Colette

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Number 9; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 You always hear that you can’t have a period piece with people of color, strong female figures, and, god forbid, gay people. Maybe they weren’t invented yet in the eyes of some filmmakers. Movies today even struggle with this concept. Thankfully, for a film taking…

Movie Review: Venom

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Sony; 2018] Rating: 4/10 After the disastrous attempt at the famous Marvel character Venom back in Spider-Man 3, Sony tried to take another swing at it once again. Unfortunately, Venom was yet another miss. This bizarre movie is perfect for your classic edgy middle schooler, but for anyone who doesn’t…

Movie Review: Smallfoot

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Warner Bros.; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Oh isn’t that cute — A movie about Yeti’s calling humans “smallfoots” and treating them like cryptids. It must be all about learning to see from the other sides viewpoint, right? Wrong. Smallfoot, is a surprisingly politically charged musical and, despite what early reviews say,…

Movie Review: Assassination Nation

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Neon; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Have you ever thought about what would happen if someone combined the plotline of Mean Girls with that of The Purge? No? Well, if you did, Assassination Nation would be the two films’ love child, and yes, it’s just as crazy as you think it would…

Movie Review: Life Itself

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [FilmNation; 2018] Rating: 3/10 Where to even begin with Life Itself? This movie feels like it’s desperately trying hard to be too many things at once. With lots of unnecessary shock factors and too many Bob Dylan references, it’s still unclear what the creators of this film wanted to say. Made…

Movie Review: A Simple Favor

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Feigco; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Photo by: ‘A Simple Favor’/IMDb Finally, a movie that captures the true horrors of overenthusiastic PTA moms. A Simple Favor beautifully blends a humorous take on helicopter parents and eerie mystery. There’s not a moment that feels slow or visually dull, and even the most intense…

Movie Review: Sorry to Bother You

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Annapurna; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Photo by: ‘Sorry To Bother You’/IMDb Sometimes you just leave a theater not sure how to feel about a movie. Maybe it was good. Maybe it wasn’t. Maybe it changed genres so fast you got whiplash and your head is still spinning. Sorry to Bother You…

Movie Review: BlacKkKlansman

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [40 Acres & A Mule; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 If you’re a fan of Spike Lee’s dramas and love politically charged comedies, buckle up and get ready for his newest film, BlacKkKlansman. The movie is based on the true story written by Ron Stallworth, one of a few black police officers in…

Movie Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Beachside; 2018] Rating: 8/10 One thing you might not expect from watching the trailer for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning dramedy about queer teens trapped in a conversion camp, is how well it’s able to take itself seriously while still being really charming. Unlike newer…

Movie Review: Isle of Dogs

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Indian Paintbrush; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 If it were possible to rate a dog-related content alone, Isle of Dogs would easily receive 10/10 for good boys. Unfortunately, ACRN is not in the business of reviewing dogs. The actual movie is just as kitschy as one expects from any other Wes Anderson production and…

Movie Review: Ready Player One

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Amblin; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Do you crave 80s culture and have insane nostalgia for gaming? Do you love adaptations of mediocre young adult novels? Do you have an unrelenting need to see your OC from eighth grade run around on screen? Okay, maybe not the OC thing, but Ready Player…

Movie Review: A Fantastic Woman

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Sony Pictures Classics; 2017] Rating: 8/10 In this house, we support LGBT media. A Fantastic Woman, or Una Mujer Fantástica in its home country, has already won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It was made and produced in Chile and features a transgender actress, Daniela Vega, in the lead…