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Out with the Old West, into the new

Out with the Old West, into the new

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles” is a Western film which had its limited release last December and was released worldwide on Jan. 26. It tells the story of Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), an American Army officer whose final orders before he retires are to escort a Cheyenne war chief, Yellow...

“The Cloverfield Paradox:” A wobbly, but fun step in the franchise

“The Cloverfield Paradox:” A wobbly, but fun step in the franchise

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

February 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The Cloverfield series has been an interesting cinematic universe. It originally began with “Cloverfield,” a standalone monster movie, which came out to rave reviews. In 2016, another surprise came in the form of “10 Cloverfield Lane,” a thriller that had loose connections to the first film, ...

“Winchester” is an Epic Misfire

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

I’m not very impressed by Michael and Peter Spierig’s new film, “Winchester.” First released in the U.S. on Feb. 2, it’s a supernatural horror film inspired by the mystery surrounding the Winchester mansion, one of the most famous real-life haunted houses in America. The film tells the story...

“Lady Bird” tells a universal story

Aura Rossy, Contributing Reporter

February 9, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Lady Bird” is an outstanding coming-of-age film and has enjoyed both commercial and critical success. It took home Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes, and Saoirse Ronan, who stars as the lead, also racked up a win with Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. T...

A beautiful and touching romance

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Call Me By Your Name,” is a romantic drama from director Luca Guadagnino based on Andre Aciman’s novel of the same name. Talked about for months and praised for subtle and tender beauty, it is safe to surmise that the film is one of the finest films of the last year, and for many reasons. Set...

RuPaul returns for “All Stars” 3

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

RuPaul’s Drag Race has been breaking rules for nearly a decade and now it’s breaking its own. In the premiere of its third “All Stars” season, an iteration of the show in which past contestants return to compete for the crown, RuPaul announces the season’s first major twist: the arrival ...

“The Shape of Water” deserves its Oscar nominations

“The Shape of Water” deserves its Oscar nominations

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

On Jan. 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the Academy Awards, and Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” continued its streak of success, walking away with 13 nominations in categories ranging from Best Picture to Sound Editing. The film itself sp...

The End of the F***ing World” is actually pretty good

Smruthi Maganti, Arts & Entertainment Editor

January 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“The End of the F***ing World” was definitely an interesting show to watch at the beginning of the year. With a stellar soundtrack, a dynamic plot and solid character development, the show turns a dark comedy into a fun and crazy adventure. The show censors its own title. Based on a 2013 comic...

“The Disaster Artist” will leave theaters soon, and it’s tearing me apart.

“The Disaster Artist” will leave theaters soon, and it’s tearing me apart.

Harrison Bloom, Staff Reporter

January 26, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

As we enter this semester and the month of January comes to an end, I thought it would be fun to look back at a film that I never got to review because of finals last semester when it came out in early December: “The Disaster Artist.” This new Golden Globe winning comedy-drama is based off of th...

Netflix shines bright with new German original, “Dark”

Netflix shines bright with new German original, “Dark”

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

January 19, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

In 2019, a boy goes missing in the usually calm town of Winden. The last time something like this happened was the disappearance of another child in 1986, when the town’s mysterious power plant was built. In such a small town, it seems like there is no way that these disappearances are unrelated. This...

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