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“Apocalypse”: far from world-ending

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
June 20, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The X-Men universe is one of Fox’s and Marvel’s most successful franchises, spanning over 16 years and nine movies (if you count “Deadpool”). With such a huge fan base and a name such as “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the movie was expected to make waves. While it certainly was dominating the Memorial Day...

“The Nice Guys” Stands Out Among Other Blockbusters

Alex Tomazic, Staff Writer
June 1, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The year is 1977. It's the era of muscle car, protests, gas shortages and pornography in Hollywood. With very few original movie storylines so far this year (e.g. “Deadpool,”  “Batman v. Superman,” “Finding Dory,” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Star Trek Beyond,” etc.), “The Nice Guys” is r...

The Most Dramatic Bachelorette Season Yet…Maybe

Sanjana Singh
May 30, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

When "The Bachelorette" premiered May 23, Joelle "JoJo" Fletcher met her 26 potential suitors to begin her journey of love. But with those suitors comes a myriad of dramatic moments that will continue to develop as the season continues. The season begins with many cheesy snapshots of sunsets, beaches a...

“Grey’s Anatomy” wedding finale brings all the emotions

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
May 20, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

After powering through 12 seasons, “Grey’s Anatomy” never fails to leave the audience with more questions than answers after each finale. Twist after twist, the season 12 finale was no different. The episode started off going directly into the drama. It’s the day of Amelia’s (Caterina Scorso...

“Comedy Shorts” started the last day of CIFF

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
April 15, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The final day of the Cleveland International Film Festival began with a crowded hallway leading to Tower City Cinemas, much like every other day of the massive event. Lines of film fans hugged the walls, waiting to be released into the cinemas. As the line for “Comedy Shorts” (the first film showing of t...

A community of movie lovers

A community of movie lovers

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter
April 8, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Every spring, directors, actors and movie moguls descend on Downtown Cleveland. The 40th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) kicked off on March 30, starting 12 days of film exhibition. Showing are 192 feature length films and 213 short films, all from 72 countries. The films are shown...

“The Bronze” blunders

“The Bronze” blunders

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
April 1, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“The Bronze” is not a movie that would appeal to most people for two reasons. One is that the subject matter, professional gymnastics, isn’t the most popular sport in the modern world. The other is that the setting, the small town of Amherst, Ohio, plays such a prominent role in the film that the...

“Batman v Superman” is ambitious but confused

“Batman v Superman” is ambitious but confused

Roy Chan, Staff Reporter
March 25, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” features a very distinctive treatment from Zach Snyder, director of “300” and “Man of Steel.” He directs the film as if it was intended to be a dark epic, but also as a two-and-a-half-hour prologue to the upcoming Justice League movie. The movie aims...

“Daredevil” is a little tame

“Daredevil” is a little tame

Kevin Qosja, Contributing Reporter
March 25, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Daredevil has always been a fascinating character to me: Matt Murdock is a man filled with rage, a healthy dose of Catholic guilt and a love for his city. He’s able to channel that aggression and become a force for good, and he got his due when the Netflix series “Marvel’s Daredevil” was released...

Monsters come in many forms

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter
March 25, 2016
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Back in 2007 during the release of “Transformers,” one of the most memorable things was actually a preview before the movie. Depicting a typical house party suddenly interrupted by an attack on New York City, only a date punctuated the end of the preview. Eventually, following a mysterious marketing...

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