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Review: "Peter and the Farm"

By Toni Tileva Last updated: 11/11/16 7:00am

Title notwithstanding, Peter and the Farm is a documentary about Peter and, as an afterthought, his farm. If you are looking for pastoral poesy, this is not the film for you. If you are looking for a bird’s eye-view of a farmer’s life, well, this is not it either. A film about a curmudgeonly, self-obsessed man who is not particularly likeable? Most definitely.Director Tony Scott follows 68-year-old Peter Dunning’s life on his farm in Vermont. Considering the setting, there is surprisingly ...

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Review: "Arrival" with Dr. Jessica Coon Interview

By Michael Valenti Last updated: 11/11/16 7:00am

Arrival is a spectacle of a movie. Director Denis Villeneuve created one of the most immersive film experiences of 2016. I was consistently on the edge of my seat as I watched Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) struggle to communicate with aliens that have landed on Earth. When 12 alien vessels, called “shells” by the military, land across the world, Dr. Banks, a linguist professor, and Ian Donnelly, a quantum physicist, attempt to converse with the shell that lands ...

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Book Series vs. The Movie

By Becky Evans Last updated: 11/06/16 10:00am

It’s a pretty common thing today for young adult (YA) novels to get a silver screen adaptation. It makes sense; the most prominent movie-going demographic, according to the MPAA 2015 Theatrical Statistics Summary, are young people ages 12 to 17. Young adults who are loyal to a franchise basically guarantee the studio an audience for their film, meaning easy revenue.  Problems arise when trying to adapt books to a single movie. Often YA novels are part of an overarching series (e.g. the Divergent ...

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Review: Atlanta Episode Ten, "The Jacket"

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 11/04/16 5:10pm

While it is not rare for a season finale to come full circle with its various narrative arcs, Atlanta is able to ostensibly take an episode about a bomber jacket and almost fully encapsulate the life of Earn Marks (Donald Glover) in just 26 minutes. From the all-too-relatable banter in the beginning of the episode about being cool with someone, but not actually being cool with someone, to the melancholy ending, Tuesday night's episode of Atlanta laid its final, powerful claim to the dramedy genre ...

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Review: "Doctor Strange" is a welcome addition to the future of Marvel

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 11/04/16 4:52pm

An extremely successful yet arrogant, self-obsessed neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), experiences a devastating car crash – crippling his hands beyond repair. After exhausting much time and all of his resources attempting to salvage his precious hands, he travels to Nepal in a last ditch effort . Instead of restoring his hands, he finds a whole new world with the help of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton).Despite a strong supporting cast of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and ...

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Review: Religion and war combine in cliché "Hacksaw Ridge"

By Michael Valenti Last updated: 11/04/16 8:46am

Hacksaw Ridge is this year’s basic, Oscar-bait, cliché war movie. Mel Gibson’s newest movie stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector during World War II in the Pacific theater. Doss refused to even hold a rifle but voluntarily signed up for the military expecting to become a medic. He was met with a large amount of pushback from the military as he refused to even hold a weapon and defend his division, but he was legally allowed to continue to serve as a medic. He worked ...

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Review: A love letter to The Stooges in "Gimme Danger"

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 11/04/16 8:30am

Iggy Pop’s story may not be over, but the tale of his iconic band, The Stooges, is. Pop’s ability to create stellar, influential music since 1969 is almost unrivaled in the industry. Gimme Danger director Jim Jarmusch returns to the genre for the first time in nearly 20 years with a film that is as thorough a history as Pop's music is powerful. Following the story of how early punk band The Stooges came to be up until their messy split in 1973, Jarmusch highlights the moments that made the band ...

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Review: Westworld Episode Five, "Contrapasso"

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 11/03/16 4:00pm

Like clockwork, HBO has pulled out its big guns at mid-season to attempt to forge a post-Game of Thrones era with Westworld. The final episode of the month proved to contain the season's biggest moments thus far. The scope of the world expanded significantly during key plot points including a showdown of sorts between The Man in Black (Ed Harris) and Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), a "red wedding" plotline and increasing revelations about the world beyond the park.The internet has embraced theories ...

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Why Titanic’s Jack and Rose couldn’t both fit on the door

By Jenny Evans Last updated: 11/03/16 11:17am

Everyone pretty much knows that Jack dies at the end of James Cameron’s famed Titanic. More or less, this fact has been accepted by fans and viewers -- but not without a fight. Titanic has been my favorite movie since the tender age of 9-years-old. So for 11 years (it feels like 84, to be honest), I’ve listened to friends and people on the Internet go on and on about how Jack could have fit on that wooden door with Rose, and that she was just being a snooty door-hogger. Well. From ...

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Movie Review: Moonlight conveys what intimacy and vulnerability means in a culture that rejects feeling

By Naomi Zeigler Last updated: 10/28/16 5:02pm

We often forget how lonely it is to be a child. There is a sense of isolation, yearning and longing in youth; a type of wondering and wanting for things we cannot express because we do not know them yet. The vulnerability of youth, the pain of being taught to hate yourself and the walls we create to protect ourselves from the truth are all perfectly articulated in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Moonlight tells the story of Chiron, who is poor, Black and gay, as he grows up in the Miami Projects during ...

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