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Shyamalan’s filmmaking and McVoy’s acting shine in “Split”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
January 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Back in late 2015, divisive director M. Night Shyamalan made a return to quality filmmaking with his found footage horror thriller “The Visit,” which was considered simpler than his earlier thriller films, but still a much better work than he had done in years. This year opens up with his newest effort, ...

The story behind the three women of NASA’s hidden history is heartwarming

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
January 27
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

With a big cast including Taraji P. Henson, the beloved Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner and even Jim Parsons, and an even bigger story, “Hidden Figures” promised to be an uplifting movie experience that would give people some perspective on three of the mathematicians who helped orchestrate John Gle...

“La La Land” proves its merit

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
January 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

In 2014, 29-year old filmmaker Damien Chazelle, having done just one independent film, “Guy and Madeleine on a Park Bench,” broke onto the scene with a masterful sophomore effort in the form of jazz drama “Whiplash,” which starred Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Viewed by many and myself as ar...

Powerhouse performances build “Fences”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
January 20
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Deep into Oscar season, yet another film has emerged firing on all cylinders. This film, “Fences,” based on the celebrated play of the same name by renowned playwright August Wilson, showcases variety and depth in each aspect of film.  Two powerhouse performances from both Denzel Washington and...

Disney’s entry into a new world

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
December 9
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Walt Disney Co. train has not let up at all this year, and the only thing that will be surprising is if it stops anytime soon—which it won’t. In this year alone, Disney has released two major Marvel Studios films, two other animated films—one in conjuction with Walt Disney Animation Studios a...

Rory’s last four words

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter
December 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Thanksgiving means food, family, homework (if you go to Case Western Reserve University) and “Gilmore Girls”? As you may or may not know, the day after Thanksgiving meant the premiere of the long awaited release of a “sequel” series to the wildly popular “Gilmore Girls”. Coined “Gilmore Gir...

Narcissism and angst reign in “Edge of Seventeen”

Kevin Qosja, Staff Reporter
December 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I am not a big fan of teenage dramedies, so I must assume my desire to see this movie was based on my interest in the actors. Hailee Steinfeld was introduced in 2010 with her brilliant performance in “True Grit” which earned her an Academy Award nomination at 14 years old. She went low-key for a whi...

Know your mountain

Courtney Capra, Staff Reporter
December 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Andy Harkness has an impressive resume as a Disney animator, a children’s book illustrator, an Emmy and Annie award winner and a father. Given these accomplishments, it might be surprising to picture him as he once was: a disheartened college student who had resorted to eating ketchup on crackers f...

Mel Gibson returns with brutal war film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

It has been 10 years since Mel Gibson’s last directorial effort. “Apocalypto” graced theater screens back in 2006. Mel Gibson has been slowly but surely making a comeback in Hollywood, initially with his acting in various features from “Get the Gringo” in 2012 to this year’s “Blood Fathe...

Amazing effects offset superhero fatigue

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
November 4
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a train that never seems to stop providing entertainment, even though the experiences are fleeting and all blend together after a while. Recently, Marvel has been taking more risks, with the lesser-known “Guardians of the Galaxy” skyrocketing to success in 2014, followed by...

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