Vikrant Nallaparaju

January is generally a wasteland for new movies, especially horror films. While the cream of the creepy crop receive top billing in October, most cash-grab remakes and dismal sequels are dumped in January as studios quietly abandon their generic jump-scare ...
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  Another Christmas season, another new Star Wars film. When Star Wars returned to the forefront of the pop culture conversation roughly a year ago with the release of The Force Awakens, I questioned whether our cinematic culture needed this ...

  Generic Christmas movies are a dime a dozen, so one doesn’t have to look far to add something new to their annual rotation of Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. One would hope that a studio would take ...
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By this point, Marvel Studios is a well-oiled blockbuster machine, capable of producing commercial hits without batting an eye. Yet film critics routinely pan their overreliance on a formula, resulting in predictable plot structures and undeveloped villains, which is reflected ...
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“Dante? Why is it always Dante?” That’s a good question, Tom Hanks, and one I pondered as I left the Inferno screening. Why did Hollywood yet again indulge Dan Brown’s love of heaven and hell and churn out another generic ...
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Documentary dramas are often difficult to critique in that to criticize them is to criticize the people whom they depict. While one could easily point out flaws in cinematography, editing or special effects, a critic walks a fine line discussing ...
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It’s October, and you know what that means: horror movies. Whether it’s the chill creeping into the air or nights getting longer, something about this time of the year just makes horror movies feel right. While I would contend that ...
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One of the best things about cinema is that it allows a filmmaker to take disparate genres and styles, blend them together and make something fresh and vibrant. Clashing tones and aesthetics can complement each other, offering levity when needed ...
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I’m not normally one who bows down to the almighty Pixar altar, but compared to most other kid-oriented animated film studios, it’s hard not to do so. The Pixar machine has churned out critical darlings year after year, such as ...