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“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...

“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 further adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

January 15, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

If you’ve ever wondered what the classic literary characters Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer would be up to today, the answer comes in the form of independent comedy “Band of Robbers.” The movie places these two characters in the modern era as they, alongside their friends, engage in a small-time...

“Krampus” is a funny and chilling holiday film

“Krampus” is a funny and chilling holiday film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

In the spirit of Christmas, the month of December is full of holiday films that you can you watch with your family for some holiday cheer and splendor. One to add to that list to inject some horror into the relative sweetness of Christmas is “Krampus,” a comedy-horror film with much creative juice...

“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” flops

“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” flops

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

The zombie subgenre of horror has been a staple for many decades, with many genre classics that have remained relevant for years. A tricky area to place the zombie subgenre is within the comedy genre, which usually requires filmmaking finesse and a good grasp on humor to put out a quality product. Some...

M. Night Shyamalan returns with “The Visit”

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

September 25, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

At one point the name “M. Night Shyamalan” meant a great deal in terms of awe and importance. Shyamalan in his early years as a director and writer, produced a cultural phenomenon in“The Sixth Sense,” an extraordinary and engrossing take on the superhero genre with “Unbreakable” and a story...

“Black Mass” shows Johnny Depp at his most sinister

Roy Chan and Christian Gunderman

September 25, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Welcome to 1980s Boston, the battlefield in the ongoing turf war between the Winter Hill Gang and Boston's Italian Mafia. An opportunity arises for Jimmy "Whitey" Bulger, a small-time member of Winter Hill, to conspire with the federal government as an informant. Bulger takes full advantage of it: "We...

“Trainwreck” doesn’t pull any punches

“Trainwreck” doesn’t pull any punches

Julia Bianco, Director of Web and Multimedia

July 17, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

In 2010, Amy Schumer did her first televised 30 minute stand-up special on Comedy Central. She made jokes about her appearance, her love life, her family. At one point, she set the audience in stitches with the line, “I know what I look like. Like, you’d bang me, but you wouldn’t blog about it....

“Run All Night:” Traditional, yet satisfying

“Run All Night:” Traditional, yet satisfying

Jonathan Freeman and Roy Chan

March 14, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

“I will find you, and I will kill you.” This famous line from “Taken” is synonymous with the masculinity that many of Liam Neeson’s characters emanate. His lead role in “Run All Night” is no exception. Jaume Collet-Serra’s third time directing a Liam Neeson movie is a success in our...

“Fifty Shades of Grey” not just porn

“Fifty Shades of Grey” not just porn

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

February 20, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

While I came into the theater thinking I was just going to see a glorified softcore porn film, every aspect of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was better than what I thought it was going to be. For a movie that was hyped up just for the sex, “Fifty Shades” was all-round a really good movie. Aspects...

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