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MOVIE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

dir. David Yates by Dakota Drobnicki More like this movie is a crime! Hahaha GET IT?!?!? No, but seriously. My own experience with the Harry Potter franchise was a rocky road of sorts. First off, I never completed any of the books because I ain’t about that long book series life. However, I watched Sorcerer’s Stone up to Prisoner of Azkaban as an impressionable lad and fell in love with
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dir. Julius Avery by Dakota Drobnicki Take a look at the theater listings today: a couple established franchises staking their claims on the public once again, another expensive live-action Disney film that was dead on arrival, and an outlying refreshment in the form of Bad Robot’s zombie war film Overlord. Take a good look and bask in the theatrical presence of a film like this before its kind disappears entirely 
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Locally Shot Film Review: No Blood of Mine

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUqSFOfawXE[/embed] By Kendra Hacker After watching No Blood of Mine, it’s no wonder that it was awarded the Best Narrative Feature at the Frozen Film Festival in St. Paul, MN in 2017. No Blood of Mine was shot in Minnesota, making it realistic for Minnesota natives. With local locations and cities, like Bemidji and Duluth, it’s easy to catch local’s attention while incorporating facts about Minnesota’s history throughout the movie.
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Proud Mary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ1Zcv54USA dir. Babak Najafi reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki There's a minor editing mishap in this movie that is symbolic of how sloppily crafted it is. To kick the third act into high gear, Mary (Taraji P. Henson, who also serves as the film's executive producer) drives off to reclaim Danny (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) from her ex-boyfriend Tom (Billy Brown), with Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary" blaring on the soundtrack.
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All The Money In The World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXHrCBkIxQQ dir. Ridley Scott reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki Consider it a Christmas miracle that this film is even out there and available to see right now. If you haven't been caught up with the behind-the-scenes drama regarding Ridley Scott's newest thriller, maybe you remember its first trailer featuring Kevin Spacey as the oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty. His performance was supposed to be Sony's big centerpiece for awards season, a
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBXVM7oUPVk dir. Carlos Saldanha reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki When The Force Awakens came out two years ago, 20th Century Fox dropped Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip as its only direct competition. It was just as vapid and terrible as the first three, but it made a decent chunk of change from overly protective families and kids that dragged their parents kicking and screaming to it. Earlier that year,
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Father Figures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59uWyPklsy0 dir. Lawrence Sher reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki Long story short: this movie is terrible, don't go see it. For those of you who decided to continue reading, let's get the plot summary out of the way first. Comedy superstars Ed Helms and Owen Wilson are twin brothers that don't know who their dad is. Ed Helms has become a proctologist who hates his job and his phone-addicted lifeless husk
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Pitch Perfect 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hihto8onbUU dir. Trish Sie reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki May I begin with how glad I am that Mike Myers seems to have given up on comedies? The soul-crushing anguish brought on by The Cat In The Hat and The Love Guru thankfully led to poor box office performance and Myers' retreat into the shadows. He pops up for dramatic roles now and then, but seems to have kept good on
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The Greatest Showman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCTMGYUg9A dir. Michael Gracey reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki La La Land was last year's Christmas musical triumph for the city dwellers who were actually able to see it in December. It didn't come here in Bemidji until February or something, since it was one of those "limited" (i.e. major cities) Christmas releases for Oscar consideration that rolled out into less metropolitan territories later. This comparison is important because the producers
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QKg5SZ_35I&t=2s dir. Jake Kasdan reviewed by Dakota Drobnicki The original Jumanji from 1995 is a nostalgic touchstone of my generation, snuggled right in the time period of Nicktoons and the Windows 95 startup sound. It's often cited as one of the best Robin Williams movies... at least, by younger folks who likely haven't seen Good Morning Vietnam, The Fisher King, One Hour Photo or even Toys. Personally, while Robin's performance