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…

I “Love” This Movie: La La Land

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer No film was more deserving of the 2017 Oscar for Movie of the Year than the real winner, La La Land – a truly perfect film. Sure, Moonlight won in the end, but does anyone talk about that movie anymore? No. They talk about the movie that was robbed, saying great things…

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: 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: 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: 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…