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Latest J.K. Rowling movie entertaining but cluttered

Latest J.K. Rowling movie entertaining but cluttered

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2018


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

After establishing a new set of characters within the fictional world of Harry Potter in 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Warner Bros. returned to the universe earlier this month with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Like its predecessor, “The Crimes of Grindelwald”...

“Dirty John” presents disturbing, but poorly acted thrills

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

November 30, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Normally, I’m not a fan of true crime. I have this weird anxiety that if I learn about horrific events that actually happened in real life that they will somehow become real and happen to me. “Dirty John” is an exception. Last weekend, my mother—the same woman who got me hooked on “The Real H...

A look at the research behind “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

A look at the research behind “Ralph Breaks the Internet”

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2018


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In place of buildings and signs are skyward-stacked computers that flash fluorescent lights. People embody blockheaded avatars and aimlessly wander the busy sidewalks. Instead of cars, data-packets zoom across miles of cables. In the upcoming animated Disney film “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the int...

Neil Breen’s “Twisted Pair:” How I learned to stop worrying and love AI

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Neil Breen’s “Twisted Pair,” a crazed fever dream of a movie, written by, directed by and starring Breen, had a screening at the Capitol Theatre in Gordon Square on Tuesday. The poorly animated green screens, the shots that last far too long after the dialogue is over and a ridiculous story tha...

“First Man” gives audiences a harrowing and compelling journey to the moon

“First Man” gives audiences a harrowing and compelling journey to the moon

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

After four years, Damien Chazelle has cemented himself as one of this generation’s great directors with the masterpieces “Whiplash” in 2014 and “La La Land” in 2016. His newest film, “First Man,” is a complete change in subject matter and tone from his previous films, as Chazelle seeks to pro...

Drew Goddard’s homage to Tarantino a masterpiece itself

Drew Goddard’s homage to Tarantino a masterpiece itself

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018


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Writer and director Drew Goddard has quietly made a name for himself over the years, with his work on TV shows like “Alias” and “Lost” before heading into filmmaking with the screenplay to “Cloverfield.” Since then, he has brought originality to everything he writes and directs, especial...

Musician Nik Bartsch on Zen, music as a spiritual experience

Musician Nik Bartsch on Zen, music as a spiritual experience

Matt Hooke, A&E Editor

October 26, 2018


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Nik Bartsch’s Ronin is one of the most unique groups in jazz, mainly because it’s difficult to even call their genre jazz. Their music resembles a jam session between Steve Reich and Prince more than a traditional jazz ensemble. The pioneering Swiss group is performing live at the Bop Stop in...

Stellar performances in 2018’s best film

Stellar performances in 2018’s best film

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018


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

“A Star is Born” is one of the most remade properties in cinema. It is an undying love story for every generation in the 20th and now the 21st century about the consequences of passion.  The film marks actor Bradley Cooper’s first foray into directing, and he takes advantage of his talent both be...

A formulaic, yet odd marvel

A formulaic, yet odd marvel

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

October 12, 2018


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The release of “Venom” has been plagued by immense scrutiny from many and cautious optimism from some. Such doubts stemmed from its lack of a connection to Spider-Man or the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) due to it being from Sony Picture’s barebones Marvel Universe with a questionable wr...

Netflix horror movies for a spooky start to October

Mariah Stickler, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

With the start of October comes the start of the month-long build-up to everyone’s favorite candy-filled holiday, Halloween. To kick off the season right, here are some horror movies that are sure to get you into the properly spooky mood. You won’t have to worry about money, all are available on Net...

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