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Ben Platt reimagines his ‘Evan Hansen’ role in Netflix’s ‘The Politician’

Ben Platt reimagines his ‘Evan Hansen’ role in Netflix’s ‘The Politician’

Sam Rahman, Staff Writer

October 7, 2019

Broadway saw above-average success in 2017. Just as fans of the stage had begun to recover from the previous year’s “Hamilton fever,” “Dear Evan Hansen” took over the scene and utterly swept the Tony Awards, collecting an impressive six wins, including “Best Musical.” In as short of a synopsis...

‘American Horror Story: 1984’ a perfect ode to 80s slasher films

‘American Horror Story: 1984’ a perfect ode to 80s slasher films

Brian Gilbert, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2019

For those obsessed with the horror genre and the 1980s, season nine of “American Horror Story” (AHS) already perfectly captures the mood, music and atmosphere of the 80s only two episodes in. The last two seasons of “AHS” were both intriguing and bold, commenting on politics and religion, but f...

MGM’s ‘Candyman’ will look at Cabrini-Green, then and now

MGM’s ‘Candyman’ will look at Cabrini-Green, then and now

Joe Roman, Jr., Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

We continue to live in a world where everything is being remade or, in some cases, “rebooted.” From video games to movies, there seems to be no stopping Hollywood from grinding out another remake no one wanted or saw coming. But that can’t be said about this project. Set to be released next June, MGM i...

Netflix lands global streaming rights to Seinfeld

Netflix lands global streaming rights to Seinfeld

Brian Gilbert, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

The show about nothing will have something to say on Netflix beginning in 2021. After losing the streaming rights to two of its most popular series, “Friends” and “The Office,” Netflix reportedly paid over $500 million to acquire the global streaming rights for “Seinfeld” in order to keep...

James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ explores the nuance of the human psyche

James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’ explores the nuance of the human psyche

Michael Brzezinski, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Films set in space lend the perfect backdrop to allow filmmakers to explore the deepest desires and most unkempt aspects of the human psyche. Kubrick did it. Speilberg did it. Cuaron did it. Nolan did it. Chazelle did it. And just earlier this year, Claire Denis scared the hell out of all of us when sh...

‘Joker’ faces controversy amidst national gun violence debate

‘Joker’ faces controversy amidst national gun violence debate

Luke Murphy, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

It all started with a Twitter post. Heather Antos, a comics editor at Valiant & Image, logged onto the site Sept. 5 and wrote, “Why the Joker movie is problematic. Rachel Miller nails it.” The tweet has already been liked 55.1K times and retweeted 16.6K times. “I don’t want to be shown what a p...

Breaking down the best Seinfeld episode in each season

Breaking down the best Seinfeld episode in each season

Brian Gilbert, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2019

Here is the best episode from each of the nine seasons, according to IMDB ratings and critic reviews: “The Stakeout,” Season 1 In this episode, the second episode of the series and the first featuring Elaine, Elaine drags Jerry to a birthday dinner for one of her friends, where he meets an attract...

Emmys Recap: ‘Fleabag,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win big

Emmys Recap: ‘Fleabag,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win big

Nate Burleyson, Assistant Sports Editor

September 23, 2019

The 71st Emmys took place Sunday night as the biggest and brightest stars pulled up to the purple carpet to celebrate television and all it has to offer. This year's ceremony saw a mix of awards given out to a great number of shows. The big winners of the night were “Fleabag,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”...

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What’s Fresh

Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor

September 23, 2019

"Unbelievable" When 18-year-old Marie says she was attacked at knifepoint, her friends and family are concerned— until she says she made it up. But as time goes on, evidence of similar attacks begin to surface throughout the region. So far, the 8-episode limited series has been hailed as a feminist triumph i...

Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami uses movies to understand Iranian, American relations

Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami uses movies to understand Iranian, American relations

Gavin Farrow, Contributing Writer

September 23, 2019

Over the past century, the relations between the U.S. and the Middle East have been troublesome at best. This is seen through U.S. interference in Middle Eastern affairs, with imperialist invasions abroad and political persecution of Arab Americans domestically. Iran is the most recent Middle Easter...

Endless possibilities in HBO’s ‘Room 104’

Endless possibilities in HBO’s ‘Room 104’

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

September 23, 2019

One room, 12 new stories. Season three of Jay and Mark Duplass’ series, “Room 104,” follows the same format as its first two seasons, with each story taking place in one room of an American hotel room: Room 104. Just as before, each episode of the HBO anthology begins with a very simple plot, ...

A look at what’s coming to Chicago from the Toronto International Film Festival

A look at what’s coming to Chicago from the Toronto International Film Festival

Michael Brzezinski, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Fall is officially upon us, which means it’s time for my personal favorite sub-season: festival season. If you’re not a film fan who spends most of your days trying to see as many movies as humanly possible, festival season is the time that comes before Oscars season where cinephiles, film critics ...

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