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REVIEW: 'Bad Education' examines largest public school embezzlement case but isn't fair to all characters

REVIEW: ‘Bad Education’ examines largest public school embezzlement case but isn’t fair to all characters

John Cotter, Staff Writer May 5, 2020

The school system, at its fundamental level, is meant to educate, lead and inspire the youth. The past years have shown us countless controversies and meddling monetary flubs at the collegiate level. But...

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

REVIEW: ‘Onward’ is a typical magical adventure

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...

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

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,...

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...

REVIEW: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ brings witty entertainment

REVIEW: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ brings witty entertainment

Lauren Coates, Contributing Writer February 23, 2020

Although there will certainly be higher-grossing films this year, there are few other 2020 releases that have generated as much pre-release discourse as “Sonic the Hedgehog.” I’m speaking, of course,...

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REVIEW: ‘Birds of Prey’ cluttered, lacks meaningful content

John Cotter, Staff Writer February 16, 2020

After “Joker” became the first R-rated film to garner over $1 billion at the global box office (and to earn eleven Academy Award nominations), eyes have been understandably  focused on this mature...

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.

‘The Photograph’ features soulful, artistic performances

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...

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.”

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

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...

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...

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REVIEW: ‘Knives Out’ murders all expectations

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...

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...

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...

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