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Commies Hit Comic Gold

Commies Hit Comic Gold

By Maire Hogan

April 23, 2018

Any comedian will tell you that the best comedy comes from uncomfortable situations. In “The Death of Stalin,” director Armando Iannucci, best known for creating political satire “Veep,” takes that idea and runs with it. To be precise, he runs a marathon with it, stops to carbo load, then keeps...

Five Stars for Three Billboards

Five Stars for Three Billboards

By Calvin Rosevear

April 23, 2018

With a riveting story, a stellar cast, and very excellent development, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” was a close runner-up for Oscar awards. The powerful narrative is centered around Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) and her actions following the rape and murder of her daughter, Ang...

Lady Bird – Film Review

Lady Bird – Film Review

By Luca Pelo

March 13, 2018

Once every ten years or so, a coming-of-age film is released that paves way for an entirely new subgenre of films. Productions like these are timeless, bypassing generational barriers, ringing true to teens and adults alike who can empathize with the characters, laughing at their all-too-familiar quirks,...

Logan: A New Breed of the Superhero Movie

Logan: A New Breed of the Superhero Movie

By Piper Goeking

April 27, 2017

Marvel Studios has gained one of its greatest achievements in James Mangold’s Logan.  The final instalment of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine saga is a mutant itself; Western, action, sci-fi, and drama elements are all on display in such a way that has some critics calling for a Best Picture nomination.  The film...

Marvel’s Miraculous Effects: Dr. Strange

Marvel’s Miraculous Effects: Dr. Strange

By Connor Dargan

December 21, 2016

Crippled, broken, and distraught, after a terrible car accident, surgeon Stephen Strange searches for methods to help him repair his life and body. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) discovers that there are no conventional means to heal himself, and instead seeks salvation at the sanctuary of mystical a...

A Fantastic Film is Unleashed

A Fantastic Film is Unleashed

By Maddie Asch

December 21, 2016

Once again, the magical world of Harry Potter has been opened to the masses with yet another film in a series of nine.  “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” derived from a fictional Hogwarts textbook, is JK Rowling's first screenplay and introduces the American wizarding community of the 1...

Moana: a Modern Mentor

Moana: a Modern Mentor

By Kendall Lafranchi

December 21, 2016

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Disney princess movie, but "Moana" picks up perfectly where I left off. Joining the iconic princess ranks of Snow White, Belle, and Ariel, Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, is the daughter of a Polynesian tribal chief. The film follows her treacherous quest across ...

Zootopia: A “Children’s Movie” for all Ages

Zootopia: A “Children’s Movie” for all Ages

By Trevor Bukowski

June 2, 2016

Welcome to the animated world where humans don’t exist, sloths drive sports cars, and a gazelle is a national pop sensation. Zootopia, a Walt Disney Production, hit theaters on March 4th, bringing in 73.7 million dollars in the opening weekend, and making it Disney’s most successful release. Although...

Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Brothers Grimsby”

Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Brothers Grimsby”

By Marie Hogan

May 4, 2016

The first thing to know about “The Brothers Grimsby,” Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film, is that it is a Sacha Baron Cohen film. The second thing to know is that elephant semen is a major plot point. So is “The Brothers Grimsby” good? Bad? It’s a question I was forced to ask myself a lot...

“The Dairy of a Teenage Girl” Strays from Cliché Teen Film Standards

“The Dairy of a Teenage Girl” Strays from Cliché Teen Film Standards

By Kendall Lafranchi

September 21, 2015

With a title like “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”, some might deem the film innocent or trivial-- call it an overdone concept before even watching it-- but all of those disappear within the first few seconds. The film premiered in various theaters on August 7 and is based on the semi-autobiographical...

“McFarland USA” Strikes a Positive Note

“McFarland USA” Strikes a Positive Note

By Calvin Rosevear

March 12, 2015

“McFarland USA” is a fun, feel-good movie based on a true story about teacher Jim White who moves to a poor town in California with his family in 1987. The town, McFarland, is filled with Latin American fruit pickers. White is there to coach football, and to teach PE and life science. White notices...

American Propaganda

American Propaganda

By Isabella Schloss

February 24, 2015

America has always been a proud country. During times of war we wave our flag and vow to do whatever it takes to protect our nation from anyone who wants to take away our so-called freedom. And in the name of this freedom we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, taking advantage of the anger and sorrow left...