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Silver Screen


"Dunkirk" avoids conventional storytelling en route to success

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 07/25/17 10:56am

Christopher Nolan is one of the  most acclaimed directors working in Hollywood right now. He’s also one of the few filmmakers who can demand any budget for any script he authorizes. Following his last picture, the divisive “Interstellar,” the film public was on edge about what was in store from the British writer and director.Much to everyone’s surprise, “Dunkirk” happened to be what was in store. Really? A historic war film? It just didn’t seem like a signature Nolan movie. Nonetheless, ...

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"Moka" balances stereotypical revenge trope with unrealistic characters

By Michael Valenti Last updated: 07/09/17 9:03pm

Swiss director Frédéric Mermoud’s second feature film, “Moka,” follows the story of Diane (Emmanuelle Devos) who is struggling with the death of her only son in a hit and run accident. Diane is stricken with grief and anger as the police seem to be unable to find the killers, taking the case into her own hands by hiring a detective. She tracks a couple matching the description and infiltrates their lives to find hard evidence, subjecting them to the same pain that she is filled with. The ...

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Top shows to watch over the summer

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 07/09/17 5:09pm

It's the summertime, and what better thing to do than to sit back, relax and escape reality. There is some great television out there to help you do that, so let The Eagle assist in choosing the top shows to watch over the summer.5) Game of Thrones (HBO)How can there be such a list without mentioning one of the most popular shows? “Game of Thrones” has become such a cultural phenomenon that even people who don't watch it feel like they do. Season 7 will be its penultimate season as well as it's ...

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We care but we really don’t: A Netflix original

By Ashley Tejeda Last updated: 06/29/17 10:00am

"Happy Gay Pride Month, we're taking away all of your representation," is basically what Netflix decided to say on June 1. On the first day of Pride Month, Netflix announced that it was cancelling “Sense8,” a show that focuses on the intersectionality of race and sexuality with a sci-fi twist. Although the show has a large following, it seems as though Netflix is hinting that there weren’t enough viewers, which comes as a somewhat contradictory statement considering that advertising for the ...

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“Baby Driver” delivers a two-hour music video–but not much else

By Alix Mammina Last updated: 06/28/17 6:00pm

Veteran director and screenwriter Edgar Wright takes an unconventional approach to the typical heist film with "Baby Driver," yet fails to deliver much beyond high-powered car chases and a stellar soundtrack. The eponymous protagonist Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver with a heart of gold, reluctantly working for crime kingpin Doc (Kevin Spacey) to pay off an old debt. A childhood car crash took his parents’ lives and left him with tinnitus, so Baby drowns out the ringing in his ears ...

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Movie Review: "I, Daniel Blake"

By Toni Tileva Last updated: 06/03/17 1:53pm

“I, Daniel Blake” is a moving look at the quagmire that is the welfare system, breaking through the callousness of glib terms like “welfare queen.” There is no crown or glory in battling an amorphic bureaucracy for something as basic as one’s right to exist and live. British comedian Dave Johns stars as Daniel Blake, a 59-year-old carpenter from Newcastle, UK, who is seeking public assistance while recovering from a major heart attack. He must navigate a byzantine system of two hour ...

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"Wonder Woman" shines as one of the best superhero films to date

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 06/03/17 10:58am

After a series of poorly reviewed movies for the DC Extended Universe, largely helmed by director Zach Snyder, actress and soon-to-be mega-star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins pick up the slack with “Wonder Woman.”Although Gadot’s Wonder Woman appeared in Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and is set to appear in this fall’s “Justice League” film, this is the first stand-alone film for the beloved comic character. The film tells the origin story of the Amazonian ...

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“The Dinner” is too long and complicated to enjoy

By Elisabeth Holmes Last updated: 05/05/17 10:00am

“The Dinner” tells the tale of two couples who meet over dinner to discuss what to do about their sons who are cousins and commit a serious crime. The conversation deepens and more information is shown and discussed as each new dinner course arrives. While the plot is an interesting idea, “The Dinner” ultimately loses the viewer and fails to entertain. This mystery/drama is shown through the perspective of Paul Lohman (played by Steve Coogan), who is a mentally-ill retired history teacher. ...

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“Citizen Jane” examines the past, present and future of American cities

By Jack Reilly Last updated: 05/05/17 10:00am

Matt Tyrnauer’s new documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” is a story about Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. Jacobs's focus on organic growth clashes with Moses's goal of redeveloping New York City from the ground up during the 1950s and 60s. The film delves into these two contrasting visions of the city's future.Moses, a developer with authority from city government, is seen as someone who has become corrupted over time and is solely focused on making money. His focus on rebuilding ...

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“Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia” struggles with storytelling

By Michael Valenti Last updated: 05/05/17 9:17am

“Angkor Awakens: A Portrait of Cambodia,” is a documentary focusing on the Cambodian genocide led by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and its effect on present day Cambodia. The documentary focuses on the loss of culture and the Cambodian people coming to terms with their own history. Director Robert H. Lieberman portrays how the Khmer Rouge continues to affect everyday life in Cambodia.The issues I have with “Angkor Awakens” mostly surrounds my dislike of documentaries. The directors did not create ...

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