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Valhalla Rising: A new addition to reject fridge art

Avery Bliss

December 8, 2016


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When you sit down to watch a movie, you do so thinking that what you are about to watch has some semblance of plot or good character development. Not so with “Valhalla Rising,” a film from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. This English-language Dutch film is an affront to the idea of a proper...

“Raising Hope” raises your spirits

“Raising Hope” raises your spirits

Avery Bliss

December 8, 2016


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It’s not every day that you find a show that will make you laugh uncontrollably. I have been searching for such a show since I gained access to a Netflix account, and I believe I have finally found it.   “Raising Hope” chronicles the life and adventures of Jimmy Chance, a broke 20-something...

A hoppin’ new tale from Disney

A hoppin’ new tale from Disney

Cayla Fronhofer

April 14, 2016


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It’s a dog eat dog world, but in Disney’s newest animated feature, that dog would be arrested by a rabbit for the crime. Directed by Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”) and Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”), “Zootopia” is an hour and 48 minute film that explores themes of friendship,...

Could be a sad day: Craig’s last waltz with 007?

Could be a sad day: Craig’s last waltz with 007?

Travis LeClair

December 17, 2015


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I speak to Daniel Craig lovers: it is a sad day. That’s not a spoiler, just a goodbye to the broody, moody Bond whose adventures have brought us through “Casino Royal,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” ending with the charmingly dark “Spectre.” I’ll be out front: it’s not as good...

“Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” offers more Panem and more Katniss

“Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” offers more Panem and more Katniss

Travis LeClair

December 17, 2015


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So there I am, smack-dab in the middle of a theater full of fan-girls, high school groups, middle-aged loners, and families of Katniss worshippers. I wait for the fate of Panem to unravel, for Katniss to choose the right road in her love-path, for a revolution that will overthrow President Snow. “Mockingjay...

“Baraka” is hypnotically watchable

“Baraka” is hypnotically watchable

Sam Hartley

December 17, 2015


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“Baraka” (1992) is an hour-and-a-half long visual experience that will leave you breathless or drooling from boredom, depending on whether or not you can stomach a film with no plot or characters. The film has no traditional narrative, no dialogue. What it does have is utterly gorgeous footage...

“50 shades” not all it pretends to be

“50 shades” not all it pretends to be

Amanda Carman

May 7, 2015


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After reading the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, I could not wait for the first movie to come out on Feb. 13, 2015 with a running time of 125 minutes (rated R for sexual content and language). Following its release, the film broke a box office record with $546.5 million. However, after watching...

Jon Favreau’s “Chef” a spectacular movable feast

Jon Favreau’s “Chef” a spectacular movable feast

Steve Gold

April 23, 2015


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Recently released on Netflix, the indie film “Chef” is delicious! “Chef” is a highly pleasurable movie about the relationship between father and son, husband and ex-wife, creative integrity, independence and being true to one’s passion. For those desperate for enjoyable family movies, without...

“Insurgent”: Hit and Miss

“Insurgent”: Hit and Miss

Gabriella Fecher

April 23, 2015


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After last year’s “Divergent” flopped its way onto the big screens, fans of Veronica Roth’s Young Adult (YA) dystopian book series weren’t quite sure what to expect when the franchise announced the release of the sequel, “Insurgent.”  With the introduction of action-centric director Robert...

“Cinderella” sparks controversy

“Cinderella” sparks controversy

John Berthiaume

March 26, 2015


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As a lifelong Disney fan, I waited anxiously for several months to see the premiere of Disney’s new live action remake of “Cinderella.” With a little magic, bits of humor and respect for cheesy romances; director, actor, and producer Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) enchants us with his modern adaption...

Eastwood’s “American Sniper” hits the mark

Eastwood’s “American Sniper” hits the mark

Jeffrey Barr, Staff Writer/ Photo Editor

February 10, 2015


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“American Sniper,” the latest film from Director Clint Eastwood, has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screen Play and Best Actor.  There’s a reason for these nominations: this is a great film. With a budget of a mere $60 million this film delivers...

“Captain America” vs. Wes Anderson

“Captain America” vs. Wes Anderson

April 25, 2014


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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is “The Shining” as a humanistic comic fantasy. Both films are built on hotels. Both films center on their respective hotel’s distinctive caretakers. In director Stanley Kubrick’s “Shining,” Jack Nicholson played a homicidal version of himself, chasing his wife...

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