Movie Review: Us

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Monkeypaw Productions; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Jordan Peele continues his transition from comedy king to horror god with this year’s release of Us. The unsettling film leaves even the most mundane things threatening. The genre has experienced a resurgence in the past few years, and this wonderfully unique nightmare is another…

Movie Review: Captain Marvel

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Marvel; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Just when Marvel was getting dull, they found a way to keep casual audiences coming. Sure, Captain Marvel follows a lot of the recycled story structure of past Marvel films, but it’s much more fun to watch a woman shoot sexist nerds with lasers instead of…

Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [DreamWorks; 2019] Rating: 5.5/10 The debate on whether or not children’s movies that also indulge older generations are actually for kids is finally over. It was never a debate; they were always for kids, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World doesn’t change that. In fact, it reaffirms…

Movie Review: The Favourite

By Ceara Kelly: Staff Writer [Element Pictures; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Finally, a historical drama that’s worth watching. Two cousins battling over the sexual attention of Queen Anne of England for political power? That’s only one of the best plotlines ever. Coincidentally, it’s also the plotline of The Favourite. The film’s approach to both the LGBT…

2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer The 91st Academy Awards are just around the corner, and once again the Animated Short Films are probably the easiest category to catch up on to impress everyone at your Oscar party. Whether it be about a mother dealing with her son moving out, a woman exploring her childhood memories, or…

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…

Column: ACRN’s 2019 Golden Globes Recap

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer and Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor Ceara is behind by an hour because her ass is in Kansas. Her TV is on a five-second delay, so I had to pretend I knew nothing. Don’t you love remote journalism? We had to start out with the red carpet. Nothing was too horrible,…

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: 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…