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Luke Muench

An avid reader and writer willing to give any film a chance, though no guarantee that I'll enjoy it. If you read my reviews, expect honest and perhaps off-beat opinions.
  • Long Valley, New Jersey
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Cultural Awareness Only Gets You So Far

In terms of animated films, Moana has likely been the most discussed movie since Frozen. No, it never reached the same level of fame or popularity, but many aspects and key features of the film’s plot and theme made people grow invested quickly. A Disney film featuring a female Polynesian tribal leader and going through aches and pains to feature nature as the driving force of the story, it’s clear that Moana is...

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The Best Of What He Did

Logan has, understandably, generated a lot of buzz as of late, being Hugh Jackman's last opportunity to reprise the role of the titular and well-loved hero. The R-rating attracted the public's attention after the success that was Deadpool. The introduction of X-23 excited many comic readers and spoke to the potential of seeing her more down the road (though Logan takes place in an alternate timeline). And the...

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Lacks Marvel Magic

Let me get this out of the way right off the bat; Doctor Strange is my favorite Marvel hero. A character that doesn't appear too frequently in the comics, Stephen Strange often pops into the stories of others, accentuating bombastic events with a witty and engaging figure who, ultimately, is incredibly flawed and often sees failure, seemingly more often than success. In understanding this, I realize that some of...

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Wishing Miyazaki Was Here

It's no secret that Miyazaki will go down in history as one of the legendary minds behind some of the greatest animated features of all time. Works like How'ls Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke have shaped childhoods, changed lives, and altered how audiences see the world, creating engaging and diverse narratives to explore, as well as ourselves. So after Miyazaki announced...

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Heavy-Handed in Every Way

Zootopia is just the most recent in a line of overhyped Disney Animation flicks that deliver very little beyond stereotypical and frustratingly dull narratives. What really makes this one stand out, though, is its overreliance on pop culture references and preaching a handful of morals in ways that, in my opinion, don't entirely work. Couple that with jokes that don't land and awkward pacing, and you've got a...

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Ben Stiller Hallucinates Historical Figures

Back in 2006, shortly after my family visited the Museum of Natural History, we decided it'd be fun to go and see this film. Even at the time, when I was 13, it was a pretty dull experience, but now, looking back, it's clear why this film doesn't work as a children's movie.

More or less, the plot boils down to that Ben Stiller sucks at life and needs to impress his son in some capacity to show him he's not as...

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i mean... you probably should have expected this going in, any land before time movie after the first isn't very good...

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