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Populist Predictions, by Tyler Smith

In a recent episode of his podcast, commentator Ben Shapiro addressed the controversy surrounding comedian Kevin Hart and his decision not to host this year’s Academy Awards. Shapiro was frustrated with the situation and, in characteristic fashion, chose to make...

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2nd Annual Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards Winners

BEST PICTURE The Hate U Give BEST ACTOR Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody BEST ACTRESS Toni Collette – Hereditary BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (TIE) Mahershala Ali – Green Book Russell Hornsby – The Hate U Give BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Regina King – If Beale Street...

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A Critical Dismissal, by Tyler Smith

In a recent National Review article, film critic Kyle Smith discussed Tamara Jenkins’ new film Private Life, starring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti. The film depicts the frustration of infertility, as a married couple tries unsuccessfully to get pregnant. Smith’s...

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The Case for Paul Walter Hauser, by Tyler Smith

It was recently reported that actors Josh Gad and Paul Walter Hauser have both launched their own social media campaigns to play The Penguin in the upcoming Batman film. And, while an argument could certainly be made for Gad, whose...

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Comedians in Cars Getting Cranky, by Tyler Smith

Like many people, I’m a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld. Not only is he responsible for quite possibly the greatest sitcom ever made, but his comedic sensibilities – those of exasperated amusement with the world around us – influenced an...

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The Real Reason(s) Solo Failed, by Tyler Smith

Much has been made about the box office failure of Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. Falling well short of the projections, Solo is considered the first official flop of the franchise. There have been several different theories as...

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External Forces, by Tyler Smith

If you’re familiar at all with Christian film, you’re probably aware of the frustrating tendency of these filmmakers to paint non-believers not only with a broad brush, but with a condescending tone. This is especially true of atheist characters, who...

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Seeing Red, by Tyler Smith

It was recently announced that Woody Harrelson’s role in the upcoming Venom film will be that of Cletus Kasady, known more commonly as Carnage. In some ways, this is exciting. In others, however, I am concerned. I was already narrowing...

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WB Gets FilmStruck, by Scott Nye

From the time FilmStruck was announced in 2016, it seemed like a match made in Heaven. TCM and The Criterion Collection – two of the most trusted brands in the business of bringing cinema to your home (and two which...