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“Knight Before Christmas” is a predictable but fun Christmas movie

“Knight Before Christmas” is a predictable but fun Christmas movie

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

December 6, 2019

Netflix kicked off the holiday season with a new Christmas special, "The Knight Before Christmas," starring Vanessa Hudgens and Josh Whitehouse. In the film, Hudgens plays Brooke, a modern-day high school teacher who is disillusioned by love. Whitehouse plays Sir Cole, a medieval knight who is magica...

A fistful of Imperial credits, “The Mandalorian” and Disney+

A fistful of Imperial credits, “The Mandalorian” and Disney+

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

TV has changed. Every week, it seems a new streaming service is launching, with traditional media companies like CBS, NBC or WarnerMedia launching their own with CBS All Access, Peacock and HBO Max, respectively, and tech companies like Apple getting into the content business with Apple TV+. Having one c...

“Parasite” becomes 2019’s top grossing foreign film in the US

“Parasite” becomes 2019’s top grossing foreign film in the US

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 22, 2019

What begins as an ideal, impromptu opportunity to make a living for a teenage boy in South Korea evolves into a chaotic battle for two families, who represent the social class struggles within the country. Standing out in the box office, “Parasite” has become the highest-grossing foreign language film of the ye...

Robert Eggers delves into madness in “The Lighthouse”

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 8, 2019

Film director Robert Eggers eases the eagerness of fans of “The Witch,” his 2015 horror crossed with historical drama, to see more of his work, as “The Lighthouse” reached theaters on Oct. 18. Despite his reputation for slow-moving works, “The Lighthouse” is difficult to place into any one...

Robert Eggers submerges us into madness in The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers submerges us into madness in The Lighthouse

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 1, 2019

Film director Robert Eggers eases the eagerness of fans of “The Witch,” his 2015 horror crossed with historical drama, as “The Lighthouse” reached theaters on Oct. 16. Despite his reputation for slow-moving works, “The Lighthouse” is difficult to place into any one category. Presented in ...

Why clowns are scary and how Pennywise and the Joker play on that fear

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

November 1, 2019

If you go to any haunted houses this year, you’re likely to run into an evil clown or two. Chalk-white skin, dyed hair, red nose, colorful outfit, maybe a knife in hand and some blood splatter. In the past two months, you may have seen “It Chapter Two” or “Joker” in theaters, and if not, you’...

The first episode of “Watchmen” comments on a classic correctly

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2019

When HBO first announced that they were making a television adaptation of the seminal graphic novel “Watchmen,” I was understandably concerned.  Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ masterpiece is considered one of the best graphic novels of all time and almost any attempt to add to it, whether it be ...

Director Ruben Fleischer discusses “Zombieland: Double Tap”

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

October 25, 2019

Few sequels live up to the original. Ten years later, the Zombieland world returns to the big screen in “Zombieland: Double Tap,” with the original director Ruben Fleischer, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and cast Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee), Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), Abigail Breslin (Li...

“American Circumcision” showing on Tuesday

Yvonne Pan, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 27, 2019

Though Americans rarely give circumcision a second thought, some may be surprised to learn that it is actually far less common in many other regions of the world. The United States is the only country that routinely circumcises its infants for non-religious reasons.  In fact, outside the United St...

A night at the theater: the Sundance short film experience

Katelyn Park, Staff Reporter

September 6, 2019

There truly is nothing like going to the cinema. The excitement that builds from strolling down a corridor with hanging art, taking a spin on dreidel-like chairs, to sitting in front of the big screen and awaiting 100 minutes of seven different films is simply its own treat. Well, perhaps you do no...

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