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‘Doctor Sleep’ understands recovery, but slightly misses mark

‘Doctor Sleep’ understands recovery, but slightly misses mark

Michael Brzezinski, Chief Film Critic

November 11, 2019

Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” has kept its top-shelf status in the annals of horror film history rightfully for almost 40 years now. Though it has been denounced by the author of its source material, Stephan King himself, the film community and beyond has never not recognized it as an importa...

‘The Irishman’ highlight’s director Martin Scorsese’s continued success

‘The Irishman’ highlight’s director Martin Scorsese’s continued success

Michael Brzezinski, Chief Film Critic

November 11, 2019

Over the course of his almost fifty-year career, Martin Scorsese has more than earned his status as one of Hollywood’s most consistently amazing directors.. He is a filmmaker who constantly keeps up with the times and ups his game in terms of revolutionizing the platform on a narrative, formal, and t...

CIFF volunteer experience positive for film students, cinephiles alike

Nate Burleyson, Asst. Sports Editor

October 28, 2019

During the Chicago International Film Festival, there are lots of big-picture things set far ahead. Running a large festival like the one in Chicago, which concluded its 55th rendition of the fest on Sunday night, takes dedicated people planning it out for months. Yet on the ground floor, small things...

The Future of Fright

The Future of Fright

Luke Murphy, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2019

Nothing screams Halloween like a scary movie. From “Frankenstein” to “The Shining” to “A Nightmare on Elm Street” to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Halloween is every horror fan’s favorite time of the year. For many fans of the genre, horror has entered a new golden age. Movies like...

What’s Fresh: Haunted

What’s Fresh: Haunted

Cailey Gleeson, Focus Editor

October 28, 2019

Netflix’s “Haunted” remains consistently scary throughout its six-episode run. Each episode begins with an individual explaining their paranormal experiences in a dimly lit, gothic-style living room to loved ones. The emotion is so raw, from the narrator and listeners, you can’t help but feel...

Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” excels in realism, actors’ performances

Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story”  excels in realism, actors’ performances

Nate Burleyson, Asst. Sports Editor

October 28, 2019

It is very rare that a film can feel personal and universal at the same time. It’s much more rare that a movie can reach into its viewer and uncover a deep, hidden away memory that holds feelings one has repressed far into themselves. Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” does that. It challenges...

Netflix & Chills vs. Huluween

Netflix & Chills vs.  Huluween

Brian Gilbert, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2019

It’s that scary time of the year again and no, we’re not talking about finals. It’s the spooky season, which means it’s time for ghosts, ghouls and goblins. It’s also time for gloomy nights, sample size candy (not you, candy corn) and scary movie marathons.  As soon as October 1 hits we’re suddenly su...

Trey Edward Shults’ “Waves” digs into how turmoil affects relationships

Trey Edward Shults’ “Waves” digs into how turmoil affects relationships

John Cotter, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

Some stories feel so contemporarily fitting — at the right time, experienced in the right place — that they transcend through the screen and invite you to be a part of the story, as tragic as it may be. Such is the case for the new A24 film “Waves,” directed by Trey Edward Shults and starring...

What’s Fresh: Rattesnake

What’s Fresh: Rattesnake

Keira Wingate and Ella Lee

October 28, 2019

Netflix’s “Rattlesnake” shows how far someone will go to save a loved one, even if that means taking a life.  Katrina (Carmen Ejogo), a single mom, and her daughter Clara (Apollonia Pratt) head on a road trip through Texas, but when their car breaks down and Clara is bit by a rattlesnake in ...

Looking back at Hollywood’s best monster movies

Looking back at Hollywood’s best monster movies

Joe Roman Jr., Contributing Writer

October 28, 2019

Universal Studios is more than just an amusement park in California and Florida. To this day, it is still a working film studio. They have produced some of Hollywood’s greatest films, including some that are perfect for the spooky season. What better time to kick back with popcorn and a few jump scares...

‘Countdown’ brings back classic horror scares

‘Countdown’ brings back classic horror scares

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

Nervous laughter emanates throughout the theater. Audience members can’t help but cover their eyes, peeking through their fingers at the screen. Gasps can be heard across the rows.  “Countdown,” written and directed by Justin Dec, centers around an app that predicts when you are going to di...

‘Gemini Man’ brings brand new film process to table

‘Gemini Man’ brings brand new film process to table

Gavin Farrow, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

“Gemini Man” -- which has been in development for two decades--is indicative of the late-1990s sci-fi action genre. Brimmed with the corny, formulaic plot devices of that era, it simultaneously rips off James Cameron’s “Terminator 2” and Paul Verhoeven’s more self-aware sci-fi films. The...

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