Trey Hock

If these costumed super heroes are truly the gods of our time and the films that they are in each summer are our contemporary mythological canon, then these films should reflect our current understanding of each other, including visual representation of women and minorities, instead of parading out old narrative tropes and stereotypes as if they were steadfast truths.

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Ex Machina does what excellent science fiction always does. It uses the tenets of the genre to pose difficult questions about our human existence.

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Most people can skip Roar, but if the confusing anomalies of cinema draw you in like a magnet, then you must see Noel Marshall’s cinematic madness on the big screen.

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Ultimately True Story fails to create any real suspense, its only saving grace is the compelling nature of its source material.

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As a film, Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s version of Fifty Shades of Grey is a not good, not terrible adaptation of E.L. James‘ wretched book. As a cultural event, Fifty Shades is a tragic missed opportunity.

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J.C. Chandor’s latest feature film, A Most Violent Year, is being hailed by some as The Godfather for our time. This comparison may ring true, but A Most Violent Year lacks the emotional impact of Coppola’s masterpiece.

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With his new film Big Eyes, Tim Burton and collaborators suffer from what I like to call bad history teacher syndrome. They are too interested in the what and not enough in the how or the why.

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Trey Hock had the chance to chat with writer and director Jennifer Kent about her new film The Babadook which is in theaters this Friday.

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In Interstellar, Christopher Nolan is getting pretty pictures and great actors to shine up his turd of a premise until you are forced to proclaim him a master of the cinematic arts.

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Robert Downey Jr.’s new cinematic vehicle, gives the viewer just enough salt, just enough of the bile of family life, in an attempt to cover the overly manipulative and sentimental story. In spite of a remarkable cast, and a handful of exceptional moments, The Judge falls prey to the emotional wish fulfillment of most estranged father and son stories.

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The Good Lie should be point of pride and an exciting film for those living in Kansas City. Make sure to check it out when it’s released on Friday, October 3.

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The Giver is the quiet insightful kid at the party, who says something hilarious under their breath, but within earshot of a louder more boisterous partygoer. The loud person shouts the hilarious observation, and gets all of the credit, leaving a stalwart few to point out that, actually, someone else said it first.

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The bottom line is that Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun and exciting summer movie, that has better characters, and a more thoughtful storyline than any blockbuster for at least 5 years.

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Because Richard Linklater posits questions instead of answering them in his film Boyhood, he can show us a boy growing up and make us think that perhaps everyone goes through similar experiences.

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Regardless of your personal feelings towards Vidal, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia attempts to paint a cinematic portrait, both intimate and expansive, of this controversial man.

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