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'The Death of Stalin' is a deeply dark and delightful satire

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 03/16/18 12:14pm

We live in strange times, don’t we? Where alternative facts are nearly indistinguishable from the truth. Where our leaders do and say things that often leave us scratching our heads. Where our presidential cabinets have become a revolving door of characters. That’s what makes “The Death of Stalin” so wonderfully funny and reflective. Its timeliness reminds us of the humor and absurdity of our present political conditions—and perhaps the horror we see in the face of it. The latest ...

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Intentional or not, “Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy” is a great bedtime watch

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 03/16/18 11:04am

In a world full of videos of crackling fireplaces, crickets chirping and ethereal soundtracks played over a night sky, viewers and listeners have plenty of resources for finding sleep aids online. However, these videos usually have no substantial purpose besides lulling the listener to sleep. In creating a documentary about the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, director and cinematographer Thomas Riedelsheimer has managed to achieve a middle ground between an engaging artist profile and a sleep-inducing, ...

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The best Oscar-winning movies you probably forgot about

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 03/05/18 4:27pm

It’s those five words that have us on the edge of our seats every year: “and the Oscar goes to…” We await in gleeful anticipation for who will carry that golden statuette. Will it be a surprise? Will it finally be someone who should’ve gotten it three movies ago? Will it be the newcomer? The hype for these moments reach massive levels of excitement, yet after those five words are uttered, after the acceptance speech, after either the vows to see the awarded performance or cries ...

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'Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story' is a sobering documentary long overdue

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 03/02/18 12:45pm

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” tells the tale of World War II inventor and actress  Hedy Lamarr, a tale Lamarr spent years trying to share. Directed by Alexandra Dean, the documentary focuses particularly on Lamarr’s revolutionary invention of frequency hopping, which helped the Allies create a new remote-controlled torpedo. Throughout the years Lamarr never received credit for her work until the end of her life, and never got paid by the U.S. military for her patent. This was because ...

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“Death Wish” will leave you wishing just that

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 03/01/18 11:47pm

Horror director and producer Eli Roth has had an interesting career spanning two decades. From cult classics like “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel,” as well as an extremely memorable performance as the “Bear Jew” in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” Roth has had both highs and lows, mostly earning a reputation as a niche director who makes gruesome, polarizing films. In a move away from his traditional role as director and producer of violent horror flicks, Roth has decided ...

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The Eagle’s Guide to the 2018 Academy Award Nominated Short Films

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 03/01/18 11:13pm

The Academy Awards this year have a very diverse set of films across all categories, with the short film section being no exception. Here is The Eagle’s guide to the Oscar-nominated shorts broken down by category (“Animated,” “Live-Action” and “Documentary”) and listed in alphabetical order within those categories. Animated “Achoo” In this charming short, a runtish dragon competes with two of his larger, stronger and more talented peers in a competition to impress a human ...

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The Eagle's guide to this year's Best Picture nominees

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 03/01/18 11:10pm

An outstanding year in filmmaking has resulted in no clear front-runner. The months leading up to the 90th Academy Awards have been tumultuous for the film industry. The reckoning Hollywood is facing with many of its prominent male figures as a result of the #MeToo movement has created a unique dynamic this award season. This year has been significant for the viewers and industry insiders as they revealed an underbelly of sexual harassment and abuse. Films such as “The Post” and “Dunkirk” ...

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‘Annihilation’ has its reach exceed its grasp of horror sci-fi

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 02/23/18 2:50am

"Annihilation,” Alex Garland’s much-anticipated follow-up to his smash hit “Ex Machina” is in theaters this weekend. Trailers have teased the film as sci-fi horror with world-ending stakes, a seemingly odd turn from “Ex Machina.” In the end, “Annihilation” is a slow burn sci-fi thriller pondering over gender status, humanity and creation. Aside from the hype around Garland’s second time in the director’s chair, the film has garnered some press for its release structure ...

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Put down the board games and go watch “Game Night”

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 02/23/18 2:49am

It’s probably safe to say that traditions, no matter how celebrated, can become dull after endless repetition. This is the case for the characters in “Game Night,” a film co-directed by the writers of “Horrible Bosses” (Jonathan Goldstein) and more recently “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (both John Francis Daley and Goldstein). When the subjects of the film decide to shake things up a little bit, it drastically backfires, sending the gang into a frenzied adventure when one of their friends ...

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‘Lady Bird’: on class and place

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 02/16/18 12:49pm

“I live on the wrong side of the tracks” says Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson ( Saoirse Ronan) in the movie, “Lady Bird.” At first, the comment seems innocuous, a humorous quip that cements the utter quirkiness of our female protagonist. On a second reading, however, it gives more depth to the film; “Lady Bird” is a movie on place and class more than it is about the mother-daughter dynamic. Much has been made in the flashy advertisements on television and social media about “Lady ...

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