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Crystal Harrell

Image from the Indian film 'The Man Who Feels No Pain'
3.5

The Man Who Feels No Pain

The old adage goes, “no pain, no gain,” but that can be a problem when it’s impossible for you to feel any sort of pain even after getting hurt. Vasan Bala’s Hindi action comedy is blatant in its title, as it follows protagonist Surya who has a rare condition which prohibits him from feeling physical pain.
Image from film Cake (2018)
3.5

Cake

The personal developments and discoveries of one family as three grown siblings unite after their parents become ill.
Image from The Great Gatsby - Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan
2.0

The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann’s movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, was held in much anticipation among the likes of literature junkies, DiCaprio fanatics, and box office skeptics.
Olga Kurylenko in sleep paralysis focused horror film 'Mara'
3.0

Mara

In his supernaturally-charged psychological thriller, director Clive Tonge centers his story on the case of a psychologist named Kate Fuller who is involved in an investigation where a mother is guilty of killing her husband in his sleep.
Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall (2012)
4.5

Skyfall

In the twenty-third installment of the James Bond series, Skyfall, tension surfaces between Agent 007 and M after a questionable decision out in the field.
Movie Still from the A24's movie Eighth Grade (2018)
5.0

Eighth Grade

Middle school is a time filled with awkward growing pains and moments of self-discovery, though many may try to repress those memories. Comedian-turned-director Bo Burnham encapsulates the essence of early adolescence in his debut feature film.
Image from the 2017 movie, I Kill Giants
4.0

I Kill Giants

The pains of growing up are difficult enough to deal with, but keeping an entire town safe from monstrous giants makes things all the more complicated.
Image of Nicholas Cage in horror movie 'Mom and Dad'
2.0

Mom and Dad

Having an indie black comedy with a social commentary is a very unique cinematic endeavor, and director Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad attempts to highlight the unique bond between parents and their young.
Image of Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke in the film Thoroughbreds
5.0

Thoroughbreds

Thoroughbreds offers a foray into the romanticized and often unpredictable world of youthful rebellion, as two former best friends Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle with one another to carry out their plans to murder Lily’s stepfather.
Crystal Harrell

Crystal Harrell

Contributing Writer

Anecdotist by nature, film critic by choice. My favorite directors are Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Makoto Shinkai, and pre-2010 Tim Burton (but I’m partial to most movies with clever velociraptors and weird-looking cats).