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: 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: 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: 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: 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…