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1917 Immerses Audience in Brutal Trench Warfare

In 1917, Two Lance Corporals, William Schofield (George MacKay) and Tom Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), must journey across the European countryside to deliver an urgent message by morning.

Joey Lewis, Arts & Life Editor

February 11, 2020

Most war movies are set in Vietnam, WWII, or the contemporary Middle East. WWI is often ignored.  It’s not that it wasn’t an interesting time, as it certainly was. It was the first industrialized war, completely changing the way wars are fought and the way wars are viewed. Unfortunately, filmma...

“Marriage Story” Arguably Johansson and Driver’s Best Work

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Amy Chen, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 29, 2019

In mid-December, after a two-month hiatus from Netflix, I finally caved in and sat down to watch the first thing the web site’s algorithm fed me: Noah Baumbach’s latest production, Marriage Story. Completely unaware of the film’s six recent nominations for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, I stumbled blindly...

Elsa and Anna Confront the Past in Frozen II

One mesmerising scene is the one in which  Elsa tames  the water spirit, which is in the form of a horse that appears while she swims through the Dark Sea.

Hiba Ali, Staff Writer

December 14, 2019

With its rich plot, memorable characters, beautiful visuals and passionate music, Frozen II follows in the footsteps  of the original, which defined the childhood of our generation. Frozen II accompanies Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and, of course, Olaf as they venture north from Arendelle and into the Enchanted Forest. ...

Zombieland: Double Tap Offers Light-Hearted Humor

Michael Karpov, Staff Writer

November 9, 2019

Apart from its somewhat predictable plot, Zombieland: Double Tap is an entertaining and humorous movie with an intriguing cast of characters. The first Zombieland movie was released back in 2009 and went ten years without a sequel, which is why the announcement of the second film came as such a surpr...

Mortal Engines is Flawed, But Fun to Watch

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Michael Karpov, Staff Writer

January 8, 2019

As I was first going into the movie theater to watch Mortal Engines, I didn’t have high expectations. I knew the studio lost an estimated $100 million. I also knew from internet comments that the trailer gave away a lot of the plot points. But I still enjoyed watching the film. The movie is set on a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Earth in w...

“Bohemian Rhapsody” Spotlights Queen’s Rise and Mercury’s Personal Struggles

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Michael Karpov, Staff Writer

November 13, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody tells the amazing story of Freddie Mercury and Queen in their rise to becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world. The movie’s extensive use of the band's hits never felt unwelcome, and Mercury's personality was captured convincingly by Rami Malek’s acting. Despite a ...

What To Watch On Netflix This Spooky Season

What To Watch On Netflix This Spooky Season

Nicole Breger, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018

As the chilly weather draws us inside and fall sports come to a close, it's a good time for candy and some scary Netflix binging. Movies The Shining (R)- It’s an all-time classic film with the memorable line of “Where’s Johnny?” Director Stanley Kubrick adapts Stephen King's novel about  a ...

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Presents Talented Ensemble Cast

The plot of Infinity War is truly unique. Since there are so many characters, the film cannot follow a traditional three-act structure. Image source: http://marvel.com/avengers

Joey Lewis, Staff Writer

June 2, 2018

Marvel movies are a staple of movie fun. These films aren’t made by visionaries, with stories defining the generation. Neither are these films pandering to the lowest common denominator, with bad jokes and scripts written in less than the movie’s run time. Marvel films are just fun. On top...

‘Jumanji’ Flips the Script

Jumanji may be a video game movie, but it flips the stereotype on its head. Image source: http://www.jumanjimovie.com/site/

Joey Lewis, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018

What do you think when you hear the words “Video Game Movie”? You probably think “Bad,” and you wouldn’t be wrong, in most cases. The majority of movies based on video games are of low quality. This is due to the challenges of switching mediums, the writing, or the severe misinterpretation of the...

Star Wars Sells Out, Becomes Stale

The lessons from the original trilogy were nothing new. It presented a black and white moral universe where good beats evil and heart beats tech. What was important was that these themes were executed well. 
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Joey Lewis, Staff Writer

January 17, 2018

'It would be idiotic to write a review of this film, because chances are you’ve already seen it. That sums up the power and influence of the Star Wars franchise. It’s the kind of thing people often flock to without question. That’s not to say that this movie is bad. However, it wasn’t great. T...

A Review of The Lego Ninjago Movie

Joey Lewis, Staff Writer

October 10, 2017

You may have heard of a family flick called The Lego Movie. The first installment seemed to many like a cash-in on the iconic toys we know and love. Surprisingly, the film innovated in animation and storytelling, included biblical references and dealt with serious questions about fate and free wil...

The Zookeeper’s Wife Depicts Hope in the Face of Horror

Johan Heldenbergh and Jessica Chastain star as Jan and Antonina Zabinski. Image source: http://www.focusfeatures.com /thezookeeperswife/

Justin Dubin, Staff Writer

April 22, 2017

*This review contains spoilers. Director Niki Caro brings history to vivid life in The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on the book by Diane Ackerman. In a most surprising place, right under the Nazis’ noses, two heroes emerged to save over 300 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto and probable death in the co...