Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

By Andrew Haas When it comes to the standalone films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Thor movies tend to be low on people’s rankings. This isn’t to say that these movies about the god of thunder are terrible. Thor (2011) is a decent fish-out-of-water story that features an epic mythology, but while Thor: The Dark World (2013) has its moments, many people thought it … Continue reading Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

From the Vault Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (1986)

By Andrew Haas When people hear the names Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, they often associate the two with the iconic songs they wrote for Disney animated classics like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. But before they were the biggest songwriters of the Disney Renaissance, they started in theatre, where they turned a low budget Roger Corman B-movie about a man-eating … Continue reading From the Vault Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (1986)

Review: “Einstein-Rosen”

By Kyle Wooldridge As you may remember, about two weeks ago I reviewed the Comedy Shorts Program at the Heartland Film Festival. In that review, I mentioned that there were technical difficulties with the screening of the short “Einstein-Rosen” and that I couldn’t give it a fair review. Fortunately, the director of the short, Olga Osorio, saw my review and contacted us at The Reel Deal. … Continue reading Review: “Einstein-Rosen”

Review: ‘Dealt’

By Michael Smith I’ve always loved watching documentaries. I’ve always felt like it is a great way to expand your knowledge in one place using film, a medium I thoroughly enjoy. Ever since I became a telecommunications student at Ball State, I’ve found myself being inadvertently pulled out of a film by a jarring editing decision or an off shot. For me, the only exception … Continue reading Review: ‘Dealt’

Review: ‘The S Word’

By Michael Smith For this review, I will start it off a bit differently. I will say right away that everyone should absolutely see this movie. It is about a subject that is so seldom talked about in a serious manner: many believe they are alone in having suicidal thoughts. I believe that it is important to allow people without such thoughts or mental illnesses … Continue reading Review: ‘The S Word’

Review: ‘Thank You For Your Service’

Nathan Richard This is truly one of the most emotional films I’ve seen since Manchester by the Sea. While Thank You for Your Service might be hard to watch, it’s a film that I feel is very important. The film feels like it’s the sibling of American Sniper, which shouldn’t be surprising since the screenwriter of that film, Jason Hall, writes and directs this film as well. I … Continue reading Review: ‘Thank You For Your Service’

Review: ‘American Folk’

By Ross Bembenek Well, it finally happened. It took 13 screenings and the entire 10 days of the festival, but I finally watched my first real dud of the 2017 Heartland Film Festival on the final day of the festival. And oh boy, the dud gods sure came roaring in with a vengeance, because American Folk wasn’t just the worst film I watched at Heartland, … Continue reading Review: ‘American Folk’