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REVIEW: ‘Onward’ is a typical magical adventure

Ian Lightfoot (Tom Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt) try to see their dad one last time.

Chinyere Ibeh, Staff Writer

April 15, 2020

As one of the films released early to video on-demand and streaming services, “Onward” features two brothers who go on an adventure to spend a day with their deceased father. Tom Holland stars as Ian, the younger brother who has just turned 18-years-old, and Chris Pratt stars as Barley, the old...

REVIEW: Ben Affleck shines in melodrama of ‘The Way Back’

Jack Cunningham played by Ben Affleck in

Nate Burleyson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 8, 2020

Let’s just start by saying that “The Way Back” is not a basketball movie. It is not a movie about sports or a feel-good story about a basketball team on glory road. It tries, desperately at times, to be more than that — sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. But Ben Affleck’s performance a...

REVIEW: Latest remake of ‘The Invisible Man’ eerie in more ways than one

Keira Wingate, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

March 1, 2020

The latest version of “The Invisible Man” offers a new take on 1987 novel by H.G Wells, that was given its first adaptation in 1933 with the original movie directed by James Whale. Here, there is basically no emphasis on science, but on a woman who needs to escape her abusive partner. Little doe...

‘The Photograph’ features soulful, artistic performances

Michael Block (Lakeith Stanfield) Mae Morton (Issa Rae) star in the new romanace drama, “The Photograph.” Here, they have their first kiss during  their first date.

Keira Wingate, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

February 16, 2020

It is hard to make romance movies today without over saturating the screen with corniness, and show what seems to be a completely unrealistic reality. “The Photograph” brings reality into love in an artistic way with an absolute killer soundtrack. “The Photograph” was written and directed by Ste...

REVIEW: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ reinvents wheel of love

Heloise (played by Adele Haenel) and Marianne (played by Noemie Merlant) lie in bed together in Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.”

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

February 16, 2020

“This is a film for Chicago,” director Céline Sciamma said with a chuckle as she sat down for a post-film discussion. Her newest feature, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was shown in an advanced screening at the Music Box Theatre on Wednesday night. Her comment came after to the uproarious response to t...

REVIEW: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ is ‘utopia of femininity’

Michael Brzezinski, Chief Film Critic

February 16, 2020

We are in the middle of an incredibly special movement in modern cinema right now. We are finding ourselves in an overwhelming uptick in popular and accessible foreign films in the domestic market that are actually making a cultural splash. This all started two years ago with the release of Alfonso Cua...

‘Miss Americana’ attempts to restore Taylor Swift’s reputation

Taylor Swift in

Emma Oxnevad, Opinions & Social Media Editor

February 16, 2020

Taylor Swift and I have a complicated relationship. Ever since I was nine years old, Swift and her music have been a large fixture in my life. I still have nearly every word of her 2009 album “Fearless” memorized and I listen to her music almost daily. In a way, we grew up together and she is ar...

Sundance Film Festival: The DePaulia’s chief film critic’s takeaways

Sundance Film Festival: The DePaulia's chief film critic's takeaways

Michael Brzezinski, Chief Film Critic

February 10, 2020

The start of a new year means that the global festival circuit is officially kicking off in the snowy mountains of Park City, Utah for the world renowned birthplace of indie cinema stardom, the Sundance Film Festival. This year marks the 42nd edition of the festival and it takes on the daunting task...

REVIEW: ‘Knives Out’ murders all expectations

Full cast of

Rebecca Meluch, Focus Editor

February 3, 2020

A cunning thrill, a nail-biter, a would-be page turner, “Knives Out” begins with a “whodunit” murder, a pool of blood and untied ends. Being a lover of murder mystery novels and films, this one was not what I predicted it to be. Rian Johnson stacked the cast with famous figures, but the film st...

REVIEW: ‘Just Mercy’ a poignant, haunting reflection of nation today

REVIEW: 'Just Mercy' a poignant, haunting reflection of nation today

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

January 31, 2020

Adapted from lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson’s memoir and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, “Just Mercy” is a timely legal drama that brings tears and anger to every viewer. It is a moving true-life story that will remind the viewer of how little progress we as a society have made since th...

REVIEW: ‘Like A Boss’ is the first ‘girl boss’ comedy of the decade

REVIEW: 'Like A Boss' is the first 'girl boss' comedy of the decade

Kionnie Barrett, Contributing Writer

January 26, 2020

Director Miguel Arteta makes his first debut of the decade with the new comedy “Like a Boss.” This film introduces us to two funny best friends, Mia and Mel who are played by Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne.  These best friends will have you laughing from the beginning to the end of the film. M...

REVIEW: ‘1917’ a one-take film following a one-take mission

REVIEW: '1917' a one-take film following a one-take mission

Rebecca Meluch, Focus Editor

January 26, 2020

On April 6, 1917, the United States joined its allies, Britain, France, and Russia, to fight in the first world war. The U.S. joined the war after Germany made the decision to target neutral shipping zones. Although the United States’ involvement in World War I was what most students were ever taught ...

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