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Werner Herzog investigates the internet in "Lo and Behold"

By Elisabeth Holmes Last updated: 08/19/16 10:25am

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary, Lo and Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World, explores the internet as it has evolved from its birth. The deep German cadence of his voice guides the viewer through a number of interviews with people who have been positively and negatively impacted by the internet. Herzog never shies away from the incredible or the bizarre in any of his documentaries.The film is divided into ten parts, each exploring a different aspect of the internet. He dives into the world ...

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“War Dogs”: Globe-trotting, gun-running fun with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller

By Leo Versel Last updated: 08/18/16 11:00am

Perhaps the best way to describe the spirit of “War Dogs” is through the high-pitched, slight, sly laugh of Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street), who plays cunning arms dealer Efraim Diveroli. The film, equal parts comedy and drama, strikes the right balance between making the viewer laugh and causing them to feel anxious for the fates of the protagonists. If the Taliban or an arms dealer on the terrorist watch list (played by Bradley Cooper) are not dangerous enough for Diveroli and his partner in gun ...

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Movie Review: Suicide Squad

By Michael Blickstein Last updated: 08/09/16 6:38pm

After “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” flopped with both fans and critics, many die-hard DC fans and occasional superhero movie-goers were left wondering whether “Suicide Squad” could fix the disappointing mess that Zack Snyder left behind. After seeing the movie for myself, I can answer that question with a confident “eh.”This film is the long-awaited third entry in the DC Cinematic Universe, starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and many other notable actors. At its best, ...

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Fifth time around, Bourne comes up short

By Leo Versel Last updated: 07/29/16 2:22pm

At the start of Jason Bourne, the fifth installment in the Bourne action thriller film series, the title character is still trying to understand the mysteries of his past, while wrestling with the pain and anger stemming from his incomplete memories.It’s only right that Jason Bourne picks up from the intrigue and plot of 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, with a montage covering the significant events of the last three films in the series with lead actor Matt Damon (The Martian). However, the fifth ...

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Movie Review: Equity

By Toni Tileva Last updated: 07/29/16 11:52am

If the women in the film Equity are the “She-Wolves of Wall Street,” the men may well be the hyenas, sneakily feasting on the carrion of the wolves’ spoils. Director Meera Menon offers a female perspective on the epitome of a bastion of male domination. Equity upends the very underpinnings of the financial thriller genre—the glorification (and conflation) of greed and power and the lionization of the “ol’ boy network” as the only interesting and significant players. Like The Big ...

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Series Review: Parks and Recreation

By Arielle Weg Last updated: 07/18/16 9:57pm

Warning: This review includes some minor spoilersI’m really horrible at watching TV. I hate reality shows, I can only manage following one TV show at a time, and I want to truly care about relatable characters. When I finally gave in to the peer pressure to spend my summer watching Parks and Recreation, I hated it. But I powered through the first few episodes, until suddenly it became everything I ever wanted in a TV series, and I found myself crying at the final goodbye. Parks and Recreation, ...

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Bryan Cranston shines in undercover crime thriller "The Infiltrator"

By Leo Versel Last updated: 07/16/16 9:09am

The Infiltrator, a film full of duplicity, intrigue, and suspense, unravels the real-life narrative of an FBI undercover sting that brought down Pablo Escobar’s money laundering operations.Escobar was the quintessential drug kingpin of the 1970’s and 1980’s. According to Wikipedia, it was estimated that 70 to 80 tons of cocaine were being shipped from Columbia to the U.S. on a monthly basis through the Medellin Cartel, Escobar’s drug network. This climate and tension between the U.S. and ...

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Decorating 101: The Scene’s guide to decorating your dorm room

By Anusheh Khan Last updated: 07/15/16 3:08pm

For many college students, sharing a tight space with one window is an unfortunate reality when moving on to campus. But your room does not have to be a dull, cramped little box! With Welcome Week and move-in day quickly approaching, here are some tips and tricks to make your dorm room your “home away from home.” Fill your walls with pictures of your friends, family and (of course) petMoving away from family and friends for the first time is hard. Filling up the empty, white walls with pictures ...

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Movie Review: "The Innocents"

By Alix Mammina Last updated: 07/08/16 10:30am

Trigger Warning: This review includes mentions of sexual assault. Set in the bleak winter after the end of World War II, “The Innocents” follows the story of Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge), a French Red Cross nurse treating survivors of concentration camps in Poland. When a panicked Benedictine nun begs her for help, Mathilde discovers a convent filled with pregnant holy sisters. As she is drawn further into the disturbing mystery surrounding the nuns, Mathilde fights to save their lives ...

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Movie Review: "Les Cowboys"

By Toni Tileva Last updated: 07/01/16 9:27pm

Les Cowboys riffs on John Ford’s The Searchers in a modern-day take on the story of a father looking for his lost daughter. Screenwriter Thomas Bidegain’s previous films Le Prophete and Rust and Bone showcased the same subdued yet visceral ethos that he brings to his directorial debut here.The film opens at a country-western fair in France, in 1995. Alain (Francois Damiens), his wife, and two kids, Kelly and Georges/Kid, are the epitome of the wholesome family. The person who rides off into ...

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