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Film Review: Wonder (USA, 2017) overpowers the negativity of bullying with its heart and pluck

As easy as it would’ve been for writer/director Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) to nail Wonder‘s sentimental subtext into the ground – those grand old morality notes like “beauty is only skin deep” and “never judge a book by its cover” are covered here nicely – there’s something alarmingly non-saccharine about the way this relevant tale presents itself.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Money Monster (USA, 2016)

Jodie Foster hops onto the Director’s seat for Money Monster, a sort-of thriller that rightfully leans on the collective charismatic energy of leads George Clooney and Julia Roberts, as well as impressive young gun (pun intended) Jack O’Connell, to bring to life a story of economic frustration, uncertainty, and greed with a timely punch. Distrust about Wall Street is nothing new, and for many it only intensified in 2008 with the disastrous Global Financial Crises, a catastrophic incident which serves as the inspiration and basis for this film, focusing in on the effects it caused at an individual level for one young man (O’Connell’s Kyle Budwell) who lost all his savings as a result of a bad endorsement from Clooney’s insincere fast-talking TV host Lee Gates.... Continue Reading