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Grey Area

By Benjy Wall-Feng

March 23, 2018

My first brush with the cultural tsunami that is "Fifty Shades of Grey" was in fourth grade, when I noticed, in one of the magazines my class was gleefully vivisecting for collage fodder, a book review with the alarming first sentence: "There are three kinds of sex — sex in the kitchen, sex in the...

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,...

“IT” Review

“IT” Review

By Jake Paz-Priel

November 13, 2017

On the surface, director Andres Muschietti’s “It” can be interpreted as a superficial adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 classic novel; but when analyzed, the film yields an underlying exposition not only on the things we fear, but why we fear them. Like any horror movie worth its salt, “It...

Sausage Party is not a Weiner

Sausage Party is not a Weiner

By Josh Love

October 2, 2016

"Sausage Party," directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, will reel you in with actors Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and James Franco, but will end up being a waste of 90 minutes and the cost of a movie ticket, unless you happen to be into watching animated food pornography. The audience is introdu...

Tomorrowland: Film of the Future?

By Devon Stoeber

June 11, 2015

Disney’s newest film, “Tomorrowland,” directed by Brad Bird, follows the story of a science-loving, driven teenage girl and her unlikely acquaintance, a grown man who was once a child-genius. The pair ventures into an unknown, futuristic world while discovering many twists and turns that they,...

Tomorrowland: Film of the Future?

By Max Plotkin

June 11, 2015

For a movie about the future, “Tommorowland” sure uses a lot from the past. An overused plot and a one-dimensional villain is not necessarily the greatest combination for a high budget Disney movie. With big actors such as Academy Award-winning George Clooney and multiple Oscar-winning director Brad...

The DUFF: “Dramatic and Unexpectedly Fine Film”

The DUFF: “Dramatic and Unexpectedly Fine Film”

By Cam Vernali

April 2, 2015

I would not label myself as a movie buff; sure, I enjoy good films, can appreciate well-made cinematography, and will catch up on new movies with friends when I have time. Going to a movie theater and paying for a $12 movie ticket is not my idea of an enjoyable time but recently, I drove down to my local...

“Laggies” Does Not Lag

“Laggies” Does Not Lag

By Camille Morgan

December 17, 2014

Starring the well-known and universally recognized Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz, Laggies is a cheerfully wise comedy about Megan, an unemployed 28 year-old undergoing a quarter-life crisis. After her boyfriend proposes, Megan panics and escapes for a week, hiding in the home of a new and much...

Movie Review: Interstellar

Movie Review: Interstellar

By Marina Furbush

November 24, 2014

Full disclosure, when I walked into the theater to see “Interstellar,” I fully expected to hate it. To my surprise, I walked out after the film having thoroughly enjoyed myself. Despite the fears of a generic “the earth is dead and we need to save humanity” movie that the trailer instilled in...

The Equalizer: Denzel Delivers

The Equalizer: Denzel Delivers

By Dom Quaranta

October 27, 2014

Denzel Washington is no stranger to channeling the role of an unforgiving bad ass. Whether it is his portrayal of ruthless Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas in “American Gangster” or his role on the opposite side of the law as LAPD Narcotics Detective Alonzo Harris in “Training Day,” his trademark...

Exploring Family Narratives in “Stories We Tell”

Exploring Family Narratives in “Stories We Tell”

By Anna Vandergriff

June 9, 2013

“Can you describe the whole story in your own words?" is Sarah Polley’s opening question in her new documentary, “Stories We Tell.” It is a simple enough question, but its answer requires the telling a story that took place over the course of about 20 years. “Tell the story from the beginning...

“Star Trek Into Darkness” Review: Boldly Going Where The First Film Went Before

“Star Trek Into Darkness” Review: Boldly Going Where The First Film Went Before

By Wesley Emblidge

May 17, 2013

When J.J. Abrams rebooted the “Star Trek” franchise in 2009, I was faced with an interesting dilemma: a movie that was very dumb and poorly written, but was so fast and so much fun to watch that it actually didn’t matter. The energy was high, the cast was perfect, it was just hard to not have a good t...