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Home Sweet Home Alone (2021), starring Archie Yates (above), is the latest in a series of franchise flops.

“Home Sweet Home Alone” confirms that Disney should’ve left the franchise alone

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor November 19, 2021

I don’t think anyone was particularly expecting this movie to be any good. “Home Alone” came out in 1990, directed by Chris Columbus, who later went on to direct “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's...

Darby Camp and Jack Whitehall (above) lead the way for a modern retelling of Clifford the Big Red Dog.

“Clifford the Big Red Dog” tells a story of puppy love

Scout Carter, Staff Writer November 19, 2021

When I was little, all I wanted was a big red dog. This desire was shaped by the media in my life, as I wanted one just like the one I saw in the books my mom read at bedtime and in TV episodes on PBS...

Nia DaCosta and Jordan Peeles Candyman (2021) subvert the racist ideologies central to the original film (1992) in a compelling, relevant and tasteful social commentary that calls into question troubling trends in the genre of Black horror.

“Candyman”: An effective Black horror film

Shanice Gitau, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

When I was a kid, Candyman was just one of the many horror movie villains that reappeared every fall season, a character as faceless as Michael Myers and as nameless as the Boogeyman. It wasn’t until...

If you can get over the one-inch barrier of subtitles, theres a whole world of K-dramas waiting for you.

Netflix K-dramas to watch after “Squid Game”

Priyanka Jain, Staff Writer November 12, 2021

Many of you have most likely watched the insanely popular K-drama “Squid Game,” and it might just have been the first time you watched a K-drama or any foreign entertainment, for that matter. I appreciate...

Cuddle up with some friends, grab some popcorn, put on a costume, summon a ghost and enjoy these Halloween classics

Movies to stream on Halloween 2021

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor October 29, 2021

The air is crisp, the leaves are colored, the costumes are prepared, the pumpkins are everywhere—the time for Halloween has come. And while for many at Case Western Reserve University, this time will...

Michael Myers is back for another sequel in the long-running Halloween franchise. But should he be?

“Halloween Kills” shows why 1978’s “Halloween” never needed a sequel

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor October 29, 2021

There is perhaps no horror film as impactful and influential as John Carpenter’s 1978 “Halloween.” Giving birth to the slasher film, “Halloween” created the tropes that would come to define the...

Squid Game left fans with broken hearts, dropped jaws and unanswered questions

“Squid Game” is great, but it doesn’t need another season

Kate Gordon, Staff Writer October 29, 2021

Surpassing both American-made “Stranger Things” and “Bridgerton,” “Squid Game,” a K-drama about playing popular childhood games to the death, is now the most-streamed show on Netflix. It reached...

“Dune” melds science fiction and medieval Eurocentric politics for better and for worse

“Dune” melds science fiction and medieval Eurocentric politics for better and for worse

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer October 29, 2021

“Dune,” directed by Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival,” “Blade Runner 2049”), is a sci-fi epic that has held the world’s attention for nearly a year following its delayed release. Now it has finally...

Chintada: Disney is not as magical as it seems

Latavya Chintada, Staff Writer October 29, 2021

For most of us, our entire childhoods revolved around Walt Disney and his animation empire. In fact, some of my happiest memories come from going to Disneyland as a kid. With this being said, there’s...

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond one final time, giving the character a definitive ending.

“No Time to Die” delivers a fond farewell to Daniel Craig’s Bond

Shreyas Banerjee, Life Editor October 22, 2021

Secret agents. Devious villains. Dangerous women. Fast cars. Cool gadgets. Slick suits. Exotic locales. Bombastic setpieces. Thrilling escapes. Flashy title sequences. Vodka martinis, shaken not stirred....

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