Hello, My Name Is Doris: A Cringe-Worthy Film Only a Certain Generation Will Enjoy

The theater was not packed, but fuller than expected. From the laughter throughout the screening, Hello, My Name is Doris certainly found its audience. I cannot recall a film in recent memory that has made audiences guffaw as loud as this one. When the end credits began, I heard a fellow filmgoer whisper to her friend, “That was nice.”

No, ma’am.

It was not.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Came for Tina Fey, Stayed for Tina Fey

When Tina Fey gets it right, she nails it. So much so that whatever she does becomes a part of the current culture. No one will forget the impact her Sarah Palin impression had on a presidential campaign. There is no teenager or young adult who can’t quote Mean Girls. There is no doubt that the Academy will keep asking her and her often partner-in-crime Amy Poehler to host the Oscars. In short, Tina Fey has several bottles of lightning on her shelf.

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Zootopia: Disney’s Smartest Movie

A peaceful protest demanding equal treatment for a city’s minority citizens. A diverse city almost torn apart by prejudice stemmed from ignorant fear. Turn on any news channel or website, get on any form of social media, and you might think I am describing any city across the United States.

You would be wrong.

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Race: Jesse Owens Deserves Better

The 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin were Nazi Germany’s coming out party. It was Adolf Hitler’s moment to prove his Germany was far stronger than the Germany that barely survived World War I. More importantly, it was an opportunity to show the superiority of his “Aryan race.” It all came crashing down, however, when an African American track and field athlete from Ohio State won every Olympic Gold he competed for. 

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DeadpooL: UNCOMPROMISING & True to the Source Material

2016 is the year of superhero films.

An unprecedented total of six movies are coming out this year and if each proves the audiences’ current appetite for the genre insatiable, that total number is bound to grow. Many question how long the superhero fad will last. But with the arrival of Deadpool and its record-breaking opening, the superhero genre once again demonstrates that it is alive and well.

Never heard of Deadpool? Don’t worry, most people haven’t.

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Hail, Caesar!: Full of Promise and Disappointment

Old Hollywood is fascinating. From the way it was run to its finished projects, it is to today’s Hollywood what a lion is to a tiger: a distinct beast from the same family tree. It would be unfair to compare technology-driven aspects of film, such as special effects or video resolution, from then to now. It would also be impossible to compare an Alfred Hitchcock thriller with its modern day counterpart; the latter does not exist.

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The Finest Hours: A Predictable Could Have Been

Disaster films are meant to horrify and inspire audiences by portraying the ruthlessness of a disaster and the strength of the ordinary men and women surviving it. Rescue films, on the other hand, show the hope when all is lost and the power that comes from selfless acts. Films based on true events add weight to situations and actions of characters who are no longer fictional. The Finest Hours had the chance to be all these things and more.

But it failed.

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