Author Archives: Joshua T. Ruth

REVIEW: ‘White Boy Rick’ is Stirring and Heartfelt but lacks Authenticity and edge

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‘White Boy Rick’ is a coming of age story that aims high but falls short of a being full-fledged gangster epic. It is ultimately unsatisfying but for everything it lacks in cohesive morality, it mostly makes up for in the heartfelt tale of family at its center. Based on the true story of an underage Detroit cocaine kingpin […]

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REVIEW: ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ is a Breathtaking Monument to Practical Stunts

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‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ marks a departure for the franchise. Previous to this installment, every ‘Mission’ has had a different director and feel. The films often felt like they were not in the same genre. From De Palma’s 70s conspiracy-thriller meets 90s blockbuster, to John Woo’s over-the-top gritty action- this template was set early, and continued to evolve as […]

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REVIEW: ‘Eighth Grade’ is Anxiety-Ridden, Hilarious and True

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A24 and writer-director Bo Burnham’s ‘Eighth Grade’ throws aside the expected tropes of most indie coming-of-age films and manages to not only be one of the most honest portrayals of youth, but it may be the first true film of the internet age. Burnham started his career as a teenager on YouTube and by the […]

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REVIEW: ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ is Violent, Problematic and one of the Most Satisfying Sequels in Years

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Despite a deeply morose tone and overly simplistic worldview that is likely to offend many, ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ is an expertly realized thriller that largely echoes the quality of the first film and is more satisfying in many ways. ‘Soldado’ is written by Taylor Sheridan who also wrote the first film and despite a change in […]

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REVIEW: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ is a Toothless Mess

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*Contains spoilers ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ starts with a ton of potential and nosedives into one of the most bafflingly terrible films I have seen in quite a while. The movie begins with a mercenary team venturing to the island from the first film to recover the DNA of Indominus Rex. Isla Nublar is now half submerged […]

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