Review: Bird Box

By Matthew Simmons      Saying 2018 was a huge year for horror films is an understatement. Films like Hereditary, A Quiet Place, and the Suspiria remake premiered to critical and commercial success, and some of those films are still major contenders in this year’s packed awards season (PLEASE don’t forget about Toni Collette, Academy). That momentum carried through all the way to the end … Continue reading Review: Bird Box

Review: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

By Anastasia Scott *Warning: Minor Spoilers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse* Over the last decade, superhero movies have taken the world by storm. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced nineteen films alone and the DC Extended Universe is slowly but surely adding more films to their repertoire. Hollywood producing these huge blockbusters has brought comic books and superheroes more into the mainstream media. However, with … Continue reading Review: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Review: ‘Palace’

By Michael Smith When I try to place Palace into a genre, drama is one of the first to mind, but this does not fully encapsulate this film. Rather, this film is best categorized within a type more associated with anime. I’m talking about the “slice of life” genre. “Slice of life” refers to a storytelling structure that presents a seemingly arbitrary sample of a character’s life. … Continue reading Review: ‘Palace’

Review: ‘Miss Arizona’

By Michael Smith This year at the Heartland Film Festival, everything I saw fulfilled the festival’s mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. However, no film that I saw was as relevant to the current climate as Miss Arizona. Miss Arizona follows Rose Raynes, former Miss Arizona, now a housewife who has a troubled marriage to a successful Hollywood agent and … Continue reading Review: ‘Miss Arizona’