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Megan Bianco’s articles

The Screen Actors Guild Awards: Short and sweet, though bizarrely boring in 2020

As the 2019/2020 Oscar season speeds along quicker than usual, this month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards remind us why they are still the smoothest-running televised awards show out there: no host and only a dozen categories within a two-hour runtime.

While I can appreciate that every person on a film’s production team is...

A new, slightly divisive take on the classic ‘Little Women’

It would be understandable if you groaned when it was announced over a year ago that we were getting a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” It is, after all, arguably one of the most read novels by a female writer in American literature and has a boatload of screen versions. Let’s count them. There are three...

Flashier than prestigious: Recapping the 2020 Golden Globe awards

I’m at the point where, as a film fanatic, if I miss an awards show, it’s not the end of the world.

I ate dinner with my family instead of watching the Golden Globes live. It was a really nice time and I didn’t feel out of the loop or like I had to look up the results when I got home.

Some have been wondering if...

Throwing a small bone to J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

You know, what? I’m going to throw a bone to J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” but it’s a very small, hand-sized bone. While this film is very flawed and hokey, it is also the first time this decade that I’ve thought the new additions to the Star Wars brand actually felt like they matched the tone of the...

Ruffalo, Hathaway shine in ‘Dark Waters,’ the shocking film about DuPont’s deadly chemical disaster

Todd Haynes’ “Dark Waters” is the perfect film for Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo. In fact, I would go as far as to say the movie might not even exist without him. He’s not only the star and main producer of the film, but also a well-known environmental activist in real life, too.

If you’ve been interested in the new...

‘Marriage Story’: Noah Baumbach’s new take on a broken home

Noah Baumbach’s new film “Marriage Story” is not very similar to Robert Benton’s classic “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Netflix’s marketing for the past few months would lead you to believe otherwise – particularly Marriage’s poster, which looks like an intentional homage to the original “Kramer” poster. While both are centered...

“Doctor Sleep” is a surprisingly decent follow-up to “The Shining”

As with most sequels, Mike Flanagan’s “Doctor Sleep” could fall into the category of unnecessary follow-up films. But it doesn’t, in big part because Stephen King is the author of the novel the film is based on.

The sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, “The Shining” (1980), is a surprisingly well done...

Released in time for Halloween, “The Lighthouse” will leave you feeling emotionally cold

While attending a screening of Robert Eggers’ new arthouse horror film, “The Lighthouse,” last weekend there was an older woman in my row occasionally heckling the film with phrases like “so bad” and “horrible.” Despite my regular insistence on defending the audience’s intelligence and advocating against producers...

“Judy,” Rupert Goold’s Garland biopic, doesn’t do the legendary actress any justice

The thing with biopics is that the more famous and beloved the person being portrayed, the higher the standards – and more biting the criticisms – will most likely be. Judy Garland is one of the most famous and beloved women to have ever graced the silver screen, and because of this, there have been a ton of biographies and...

Hustlers isn’t just another raunchy comedy

Based on the marketing for Annapurna Pictures’ most recent feature, “Hustlers,” one would think this is just another raunchy slapstick comedy along the lines of “Bridesmaids” (2011) or “Rough Night” (2017). Not that there’s anything wrong with those kinds of films. After all, “Bridesmaids” did indeed manage to nab a couple of...

IT Chapter 2 can float, too...right into the garbage

It’s interesting when a popular novel with a longstanding fan base just can’t figure out how to garner decent screen adaptations. The most famous example would probably be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” a book which for some reason still struggles to get a proper cinematic portrayal, even 84 years later. A modern...

Brittany Runs a Marathon isn’t just another romcom about an overweight woman – it’s a good film, too

At a time when pop culture is expected to be politically sensitive, we have one extremely offensive thing that seems difficult to get rid of: the fat suit. Though there have always been overweight characters played by overweight actors, in many cases, fat characters in film have been played by average built actors donning...

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