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‘The Joker’ Transforms Cartoon Villain into Complex Character Study

‘The Joker’ Transforms Cartoon Villain into Complex Character Study

Joey Lewis, Arts & Life Editor

November 1, 2019

Most superhero movies are pretty clear cut. There’s a hero with an iron will to protect people, and a cunning villain who sees the conflict like a four-dimensional chess game.  These external conflicts are satisfying to watch, as they are simple and clear cut. Joker(2019) takes a different approa...

Endgame Wraps-Up Avengers Saga

Endgame Wraps-Up Avengers Saga

Joey Lewis, Arts & Life Editor

May 9, 2019

*WARNING* Spoilers Ahead The highly-anticipated conclusion to the Avengers saga has finally arrived with Avengers Endgame, and it does not disappoint. As usual, the acting was phenomenal. The special effects were on point. The action was awesome. However, I’m going to focus on the plot. At the...

Impressive Special Effects, Intertwining Plot Strands in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Impressive Special Effects, Intertwining Plot Strands in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

James Flowers, Staff Writer

May 22, 2017

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the sequel to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, was released on May 5th. The movie was an immediate success, and since its release date has achieved a box office total of $441 million. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens with a...

‘Batman v. Superman’ Falls Flat of Expectations

‘Batman v. Superman’ Falls Flat of Expectations

Alex Cala, Opinion Editor

April 10, 2016

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a visually stunning, ambitious film that does some things right, but, for the most part, crumbles under the weight of its own grandeur. Its plot is confusing and hackneyed, its characterizations are puzzling, and the script tries too hard to give the audience a lead...

“The DUFF”: Slightly More Realistic Than Your Average Teen Drama

“The DUFF”: Slightly More Realistic Than Your Average Teen Drama

Naomi Grant, Arts & Life Editor

February 23, 2015

"Because this book was written by a high school student, the characters speak and act like real high school students rather than sheltered characters on made-for-TV Disney movies."

“12 Years a Slave” Portrays the True Horror of Plantation Life

“12 Years a Slave” Portrays the True Horror of Plantation Life

Alexander Robinson, Staff Writer

December 9, 2013

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (adapted from the autobiography of the film’s protagonist)  is a brutal, unrelenting view into slavery. It’s not a film for the fair-hearted, and at times it becomes immensely difficult to watch. By far, it is the most accurate and best film ever made about slave...

“Gravity”‘s Mystery and Precision is Out of This World

“Gravity”‘s Mystery and Precision is Out of This World

Alexander Robinson, Staff Writer

October 28, 2013

Alfonso Cuaron’s "Gravity" is a superb film combining a well-written story with great acting, sound design and cinematography. The film stars Sandra Bullock (Ryan Stone) and George Clooney (Matt Kowalski): two astronauts sent out to space on a shuttle. As they’re preparing their shuttle to return...