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“Comedy Shorts” started the last day of CIFF

Anne Nickoloff, Director of Print
April 15
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
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
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
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
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
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...

Disney is the master of subtext

Ariel Raj, Contributing Reporter
March 18
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Starting with the catchy, contagious, upbeat theme song sung by Gazelle (Shakira), “Zootopia” only goes uphill. The film incorporates everything you would expect from an animated movie and more; it’s almost like it’s meant for adults more than kids. The movie follows Judy Hopps (voiced by...

Short and sweet

Short and sweet

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

Over a period of three days in early March, a film festival in downtown Cleveland showcased the talent of directors, actors, producers and editors, all of whom work on short films. The Short. Sweet. Film Fest celebrated its fifth year, and included work from aspiring local and foreign filmmakers, live...

“Agent Carter” settles second season with science

“Agent Carter” settles second season with science

Eddie Kerekes, Staff Reporter
March 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Though the end of the season-long plot was a bit anticlimactic, “Agent Carter” ended its sophomore season on a high note, punctuating what it does best, humor an inter-character relationships. The finale centers on Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj), Edwin Jarvis (James D’...

“The Shannara Chronicles” season finale a flop

“The Shannara Chronicles” season finale a flop

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter
March 2
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“The Shannara Chronicles” was quickly becoming a display of MTV’s ability to make a show that doesn’t revolve entirely around teen drama. The blend of fantasy and dystopian elements coupled with the visuals and plot really elevated it among the network’s other shows. Each episode kept building...

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