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…

Movie Review: Thoroughbreds

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [B Story, 2018] Rating: 5/10 Do you want to watch teens raging against the machine? Taking any and all action needed to bring down the current power structure of upper-class societies? Cool, then go watch Heathers, because this is nothing more than an eventless hour and half that leaves you as…

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Disney; 2018] Rating: 5/10 A Wrinkle in Time was a magical story from many people’s childhood, but its 2018 retelling leans too heavily on special effects and big name actors to keep that whimsy alive. While the core message and plot of the book shone through, the already odd pacing is only…

Movie Review: Annihilation

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Paramount Pictures, 2018] Rating: 7/10 There is no doubt that Annihilation will hold up as one of the most beautiful and disturbing movies of the year. The haunting visuals of the Shimmer are unlike anything seen in previous horrors, thrillers or sci-fi movies, with phenomenal acting only making it more convincing. There…

Movie Review: Black Panther

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Marvel; 2018] Rating: 9/10 It’s official, all other superhero movies are canceled. Nothing will ever top Black Panther. Everybody else can go home. Despite being a Marvel movie, Black Panther manages to stand out and seem like a whole different genre of film. Not only is it set mostly in the fictional…

Movie Review: I, Tonya

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Clubhouse; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 It’s hard to even know where to start when discussing a movie like I, Tonya. With phenomenal acting, amazingly accurate costumes and an impossibly perfect soundtrack, flaws are near impossible to find. Three Oscar nominations only further prove that I, Tonya is easily one of the best…

Movie Review: Winchester

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Blacklab; 2018] Rating: 3.5/10 The real story of the Winchester house is a fascinating one that promised an equally compelling and thrilling movie. Unfortunately, Winchester fails to live up to any of those expectations, despite having the star power of Helen Mirren. The poorly lit set managed to snuff out even her talents,…

Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

By Maria Lubanovic, Staff Writer [Sony Pictures Classics; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Are you ready for cycling, smoking, subtitles and sex with a literal fruit? Call Me By Your Name, based on the book by the same name, includes all of these underneath a relationship between 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and 24-year old Oliver (Armie…

Movie Review: Den of Thieves

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Diamond Film; 2018] Rating: 2.5/10 Usually, a heist movie is everything viewers want for a cheesy, over the top and completely unbelievable action flick. The creators behind Den of Thieves took the genre a tad too seriously, by pulling a heist of their own and tricking viewers out of their money….

Movie Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

By Tanner Bidish, Visual Media Director [Blueprint; 2017] Rating: 5.5/10 It is no secret, the police system in the United States has got some issues. Issues when it comes to police brutality, serving the public interest, over reaches of authority… the list goes on. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is prepared to call out these problems…