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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 ...

REVIEW: Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ a modern, timeless adaptation of classic

REVIEW: Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ a modern, timeless adaptation of classic

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

January 12, 2020

Since it was published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel “Little Women” has received a new adaptation 14 times. The book has been rewritten for the big screen, the small screen and the stage, but the world simply will just not quit talking about the March sisters. With a star-studded ...

REVIEW: ‘Cats’ a furry, frisky train wreck

REVIEW: 'Cats' a furry, frisky train wreck

John Cotter, Staff Writer

January 12, 2020

Last year’s movies were stockpiled with loads of CGI-infused blockbusters that sit on the broad shoulders for this year’s box-office success. But, very sneakily, in comes “Cats,” a film that has orchestrated a social media circus in which anyone and everyone is parading around the fever dream...

‘Jojo Rabbit’ examines Nazi Germany through comedic lens

Taika Waititi (Hitler) hides with Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Betzler).

Joe Roman, Jr., Contributing Writer

November 18, 2019

Who would have ever thought there would be a movie about a boy having Adolf Hitler as his imaginary friend? “Jojo Rabbit” is that film. The film is directed by Taika Waititi, who is no stranger to making films relying heavily on comedy. One of his best films includes “What We Do in the Shadow,”...

Lifetime meets Hollywood: ‘Last Christmas’ has Lifetime movie feels with a Hollywood budget

Lifetime meets Hollywood: ‘Last Christmas’ has Lifetime movie feels with a Hollywood budget

Keira Wingate, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

November 18, 2019

With Hollywood names such as Emma Thompson, Emilia Clark, Henry Golding and George Michael’s soundtrack, you’d expect a recipe for success, but "Last Christmas" fails to pass the taste test.  In what was looking like the best Christmas film of the year, "Last Christmas" missed the mark when it c...

Netflix’s ‘American Son’ examines race, breaks down tropes

Kendra Ellis-Connor (Kerry Washington) sits in the waiting area of a Miami Police station, hoping to hear about her 18-year-old son, Jamal, who has gone missing.

Chinyere Ibeh, Contributing Writer

November 18, 2019

“American Son” is the new Netflix movie on the block and it has its own hot take on race in the United States. “American Son” is one of the many movies that deals with race in this country and it tries to give a fresh perspective on the subject. The movie may be lost in the crowd of movies ...

‘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

Robert De Niro (left), Al Pacino (center) and Ray Romano (right) offer a performance only the titans of Hollywood could pull off.

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...

‘Gemini Man’ brings brand new film process to table

‘Gemini Man’ starring Will Smith, shows a new way to film movies, in a way that has never been done before in cinematic history.

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...

Some sequels are known to fail, but ‘Zombieland 2’ surpasses expectations

Some sequels are known to fail, but ‘Zombieland 2’ surpasses expectations

Aaron Somo, Contributing Writer

October 21, 2019

Ten years ago, “Zombieland” hit theaters and quickly racked up the box office accolades with its wise cracking, in-your-face comedy and the cast’s dysfunctional family dynamic. A decade later, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and crew remain the simple zombie killing machines that just want to enjoy...

‘Hustlers’ emphasizes power of female friendship

‘Hustlers’ emphasizes power of female friendship

Keira Wingate, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

October 14, 2019

Six-inch platform heels, a top-notch cast that screams sex appeal and an intriguing true-life story, “Hustlers” exceeded expectations on its opening weekend, making $33.2 million across 3,250 theaters. In 2014, a criminal ring of women who drugged men and stole their money came to light, being on t...

A love letter to Judy Garland: Renee Zellweger plays title role with honest poise

A love letter to Judy Garland: Renee Zellweger plays title role with honest poise

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2019

A bottle of pills on the bedside table. Bad relationships that end in heartbreak. The star collapsed on the stage and threw temper tantrums at those who wanted nothing more than to help. None of this is new for the many celebrity biopics we’ve seen in the past year or so, but there was something dif...

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