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Review: Atlanta Episode Seven, "B.A.N."

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 10/13/16 10:09am

Donald Glover is either genius or crazy. Or both. Probably both.Episode seven of the FX hit Atlanta does the complete opposite of what anyone expected. After one of the most serious episodes of the season last week, which saw Van (Zazie Beetz) lose her job, Donald Glover and company decided to do a sketch comedy, Charlie Rose show parody episode. While nearly every bit of the show is laugh out loud funny, I can’t help but question if now was the right time to throw a cog in the wheel. By creating ...

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Movie Review: "The Birth of a Nation" is a strong story lost in poor writing and tone

By Michael Valenti Last updated: 10/07/16 4:35pm

The Birth of a Nation, directed by Nate Parker, follows the true story of Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a preacher slave who is ordered to go to other plantations to placate any uprising. But, after seeing first-hand the horrors of some of the slave masters, he orchestrates a rebellion in 1831. After killing around 60 people over the course of 48 hours, the rebellion was put down. In retaliation, nearly 60 slaves were executed and 100 to 200 more slaves were killed by roaming militia. The title of the ...

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Movie Review: Emily Blunt carries the best-seller turned film “The Girl on a Train”

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 10/07/16 4:26pm

Author Paula Hawkins capitalized on her 2015 best-selling thriller novel The Girl on the Train (2015), by following in the footsteps of the movie Gone Girl, which also features a “missing woman, unhinged protagonist” plot, and was adapted to the big screen fairly quickly after its initial print release. Directed by Tate Taylor and starring the exceptional and industrious Emily Blunt, the movie stays largely faithful to the book, weaving together a dramatic tapestry of sex, lies and murder. The ...

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Review: Westworld Premiere, "The Original"

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 10/06/16 12:31pm

HBO’s latest venture, Westworld, tells a tale of a futuristic world where wealthy humans run an Old West theme park full of artificially intelligent “host” characters that the visitors can use to live out their Western fantasies. Based on the 1973 film of the same name starring Yul Brynner and James Brolin, the show decides to follow a similar premise while tacking on a star-studded cast and traditional HBO staples of excessive rape, violence, and profanity. While the show has all the makings ...

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Review: Atlanta Episode Six, "Value"

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 10/06/16 10:03am

Episode six of Donald Glover’s groundbreaking show Atlanta asks both the audience and the characters how they define value. â€œValue” is the first episode of the season to focus entirely on a character other than Earn (Donald Glover), centering instead around Vanessa (Zazie Beetz). Beetz shines in her role as the woman who just can’t seem to win in a system that is set up to make sure that she fails.The show begins with a song that Glover sampled on a rap project, The Ebonys' “It’s ...

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Movie Review: "Deepwater Horizon" overflows with action but lacks thematic depth

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 10/04/16 10:33am

On April 20, 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon had a wellhead blowout, causing the rig to explode and turn in on itself. It truly was a chaotic, tragic experience not only for the Gulf of Mexico and its wildlife but also the workers of the Deepwater Horizon – exactly what the film written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand, directed by Peter Berg has attempted to encapsulate. Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and the crew of the Deepwater Horizon, contracted by BP, are set to work for ...

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Review: "How to Get Away with Murder" Season 3 Premiere

By Cordilia James Last updated: 10/03/16 12:21pm

For those living in Shondaland, school is officially back in session!That’s right y’all, How to Get Away with Murder’s Keating Five have returned to your TV screen for a whole new season of drama, death and dangerously steamy hookups on ABC’s Thursday night primetime. Season 2 had ended on a wild note, with Frank being exiled by Annalise, Oliver jeopardizing his relationship with Connor and Wes’s long-lost father being shot in the head just as he finally gets to introduce himself.Hopefully ...

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Movie Review: "Masterminds"

By Elise Moore Last updated: 10/03/16 9:15am

Masterminds is a comedic retelling of a true story about a 1997 bank heist. The movie shares the same humor as films like Dumb and Dumber and Anchorman. In fact, the director, Jared Hess, directed Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre; Masterminds is in the same vein as Hess’s previous work.The film is about David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis), a simple minded, armored car driver who transports money to and from banks. In order to impress his former co-worker and love interest, Kelly Campbell (Kristen ...

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Review: Atlanta Episode Five, “Nobody Beats the Biebs”

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 10/02/16 2:04pm

The fifth episode of FX’s Atlanta examines the politics that celebrities, and those who work for them, go through to reach the level of fame and respect they desire. The episode centers around a celebrity basketball game, one akin to the NBA’s All-Star Celebrity match or one that is hosted by rappers, typically Southern ones. While shows such as Entourage frequently had episodes that satirized the relationships that celebrities have with the entertainment media and each other, “Nobody Beats ...

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Movie Review: Tanna

By Elise Moore Last updated: 10/01/16 5:12pm

There are thousands of stories about star-crossed lovers; Tanna recently joined this class of storytelling. However, Tanna is a version of Romeo and Juliet with a twist. It is based on a 1980’s true story of a forbidden love in a very traditional tribe on the island nation of Vanuatu.The Yakel tribe on the island Tanna remain rooted in their customs to this day -- hunting with bows and using materials from the jungle to make clothes and build homes. They strongly resisted colonization from Europeans ...

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