Is Warner Bros. All In?: Justice League Roundtable

November 22, 2017 - Staff

Burdened by a change in directors, studio mandates, and pressure to continue Warner Bros.‘ win streak, *Justice League* slid into theaters this weekend. Warner Bros. and DC Films hoped that the culmination of their cinematic universe--the union of American culture’s oldest heroes--might draw a favorable box office and critical reception comparable to the billion-dollar *Avengers* films. At the moment, various industry analysts assume that *Justice League* will have limited financial success based on domestic and international returns since its Thursday release. Undoubtedly, Warner Bros.’ errors and the film’s reception by critics has contributed to that mixed success. In light of this situation, Staci and I will give our own takes on *Justice League*.

Review: A Silent Voice

November 20, 2017 - Hannah Lazar

Ultimately, *A Silent Voice* is about learning to care, both for those who are wrongly viewed as a burden to society and for those who otherwise aren’t deserving of sympathy.

Review: Murder on the Orient Express

November 15, 2017 - Victoria Zhang

The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is a rich affair, which benefits from some modern visual flair while maintaining the complex story that cements it as a mystery classic.

Review: Suburbicon

November 13, 2017 - Rebeca Maia

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Suburbicon, George Clooney’s latest effort as a director.

Review: Borg McEnroe

November 8, 2017 - Alfred (Red) Joseph

Thanks to respectable lead performances, Borg McEnroe nail-bitingly recreates the stakes for both competitors.

Review: Goodbye Christopher Robin

November 2, 2017 - Victoria Zhang

Though solemn and sharp in its depiction of A.A. Milne’s relationship with his son, Goodbye Christopher Robin doesn’t quite succeed in balancing its reverence for childhood with its narrative flaws.

Thor: Ragnarok — Were the Trailers Better?

October 31, 2017 - Alfred (Red) Joseph

Overall, Ragnarok is an enjoyable film, but the timing of other superhero films this year make it look mediocre. In comparison to the humor and action in *Logan*, *Wonder Woman*, and *Spiderman: Homecoming*, *Ragnarok* can’t hold up; it entertains, but it’s formulaic, and in a year where directors are trying to make a niche for each superhero franchise, Ragnarok joins the rest of the standard superhero pack. You should see it anyway.

PFF: Gemini

October 30, 2017 - Rebeca Maia

In the haunting thriller Gemini, director Aaron Katz criticizes celebrity culture in a modern iteration of the film noir genre.

PFF26: Lady Bird

October 26, 2017 - Stephan Cho

Lady Bird soars, thanks to first-time solo director Greta Gerwig’s thoughtful vision and an impressive ensemble cast.

Weekly Horror: Night Creep

October 25, 2017 - Jonah Weinbaum

Night Creep is incredibly strange, but that strangeness is what makes it, and PUFF [Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival], so freaking fun.

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