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A round of “appaws” for “Isle of Dogs”

A round of “appaws” for “Isle of Dogs”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Wes Anderson is the master of symmetry. Not only that, he is also a magician of quirky and inventive storytelling and world-building, from the dizzying, wondrous splendor of a hotel in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to the scenic vistas and eye-popping woods of “Moonrise Kingdom.” Anderson is ca...

“Santa Clarita Diet”: results may vary

“Santa Clarita Diet”: results may vary

Ann Marie Smetona, Staff Reporter

April 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On March 23, “Santa Clarita Diet” returned to Netflix with its second semester. While the show’s original storyline makes it stand out, its jokes and screenplay consist of tired and predictable lines which betray a lack of thought and effort on behalf of the writers. Starring Drew Barrymore, ...

“Love, Simon” is a universal love story

Tracy Wang, Contributing Reporter

April 6, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

LGBT movies are always connected with either emotional love and death, rationality with seriousness or intense pride. From “Brokeback Mountain” to “Moonlight,” LGBT films have been permeated with a sense of sadness or melancholy. “Love, Simon,” however, approaches the same sorts of issues...

“Pacific Rim: Uprising” falls flat

Tracy Wang, Contributing Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Released on March 23, “Pacific Rim Uprising” is the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.” With a completely different cast and a new director in Steven S. DeKnight, the new film may disappoint a few fans who have been avidly waiting for it for five years. The film takes place a decade...

“Ready Player One” will win you over

“Ready Player One” will win you over

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Many people said "Ready Player One" was unfilmable due to the multitude of references it makes to copyrighted material. However, in spite of this massive hurdle, an adaptation only truly needed the careful hands of Steven Spielberg, who was able to seemingly pull off the impossible and then some. Set...

Cleveland hosts 42nd annual International Film Festival

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

March 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

This year marks the 42nd annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF42), which will take place from April 4 to April 15 at Tower City Cinemas and other select locations. Each year, the Festival shows over three hundred feature and short films from countries all over the world. CIFF42 asks ...

“A Wrinkle in Time” fails to measure up

“A Wrinkle in Time” fails to measure up

Ann Marie Smetona, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“A Wrinkle in Time” came to theaters March 9 to high expectations, due to its star-studded cast, famed source material and distinguished director. With Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine playing major roles, the film adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s 1962 classic chil...

Italian program screens baseball documentary

Italian program screens baseball documentary

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Local Events

Baseball has always been a big part of Cleveland culture, and on Wednesday, March 28, students and faculty at Case Western Reserve University have an opportunity to learn more about it. At 7:30 p.m., a “Celebration of Italian American Baseball” will feature a screening of an award-winning documentary,...

“Tomb Raider” strikes gold

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Released in the United States on March 16, 2018, “Tomb Raider” is directed by Roar Uthaug, and stars Alicia Vikander as its titular heroine. It’s the third film inspired by the classic video game franchise of the same name; famous for its action, puzzle solving and entertaining story. Despite the...

“Jessica Jones” comes back stronger

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

March 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Jessica Jones” returned March 8 for a second season, just in time for spring break. The second season picks up after the death of Kilgrave and with Jessica Jones looking for new cases with the help of her friend and now-employee, Malcolm Ducasse. Early in the season, a man named Robert “Whizzer”...

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