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“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”...

Fail-metal Alchemist

Fail-metal Alchemist

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Fullmetal Alchemist” is a popular manga that spawned a large franchise that most recently includes a live movie adaptation released by Netflix. Despite the overwhelming success of the series as a whole, the live adaptation fails to live up to its source material. “Fullmetal Alchemist” f...

“Fifty Shades” leaves audiences satisfied

Aura Rossy, Staff Reporter

March 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“Fifty Shades Freed” hit theaters on Feb. 9, approximately one week before Valentine’s Day, just as its two predecessors have. This film is the third and final adaptation of E. L. James’s erotic trilogy, the first book of which was published in 2011. Since appearing on the big screen, the...

“Black Panther” is a Marvel-ous phenomenon

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Despite the number of Marvel Entertainment films to be released this year, “Black Panther,” which features an almost all-black cast and drips quality encourages discussion because of its cultural and social implications and impact. The film immediately follows the events of “Captain America:...

A different take on advanced technology

A different take on advanced technology

Mary McPheeters, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The year is 2384. Humans have reverse-engineered alien technology to create “cortical stacks” that contain a person’s memories, making bodies interchangeable “sleeves” for any stack. In this system, the rich can afford to duplicate sleeves and effectively never die. The poor can end up in a...

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