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Which movie subscription service is best for college students?

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 08/30/18 10:30am

The movie theater subscription service MoviePass has been in the news quite a bit recently -- for all the wrong reasons. Amid mounting skepticism as a result of the myriad changes to its business model, CEO Mitch Lowe sent an email to subscribers saying, “MoviePass members will be able to see up to three standard movies a month for $9.95, and be given up to a $5.00 discount to any additional movie tickets purchased.” While still a great deal, this is a far cry from their previous too-good-to-be-true ...

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“Support the Girls”: Regina Hall gets by with a little help from her girls

By Rebecca Evans Last updated: 08/24/18 3:47pm

“Support the Girls” is a fun, earnest comedy that takes an honest look at a day-in-the-life of the staff of a small-time Texas “breastaurant” and its long-suffering general manager Lisa, played with attention-grabbing sincerity by Regina Hall (“Girls Trip,” the “Scary Movie” series). Over the course of one stressful day, Lisa tries to span the gap between the waitresses she has vowed to take care of and the demands of an unsympathetic business; all while dealing with her own personal ...

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“Love, Cecil” a deep dive into artist who attempted to sculpt extravagance

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 07/27/18 10:00am

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, “Love, Cecil” is a dive into famous British photographer and designer Cecil Beaton’s diaries. The diaries are incredibly personal, and reveal to us the artist’s suppressed emotions, reflections of his life, the mistakes he’s made, how his childhood formed him and his inspirations for the work that he did. But what makes this documentary more interesting is seeing Cecil’s constant attempts to become part of the elite, and rub shoulders with the most ...

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‘Mission: Impossible - Fallout’ makes perfect use of emotional weight, white-knuckle action

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 07/26/18 5:10pm

“Mission: Impossible” is not the first thing that comes to mind when considering Hollywood blockbuster franchises, but maybe it should be.Major film consumption has turned a new page in the past decade. Superheroes and ‘cinematic universes’ dominate the zeitgeist. Great action films and franchises still exist - see “John Wick” - and still make an obscene amount of money - see “Fast and Furious.” However, they are secondhand entertainment to most film fans. The “Mission: Impossible” ...

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“Eighth Grade” makes nervous 13-year-olds of us all

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 07/20/18 3:35pm

We often correlate high school to uneasiness and anxiety. Bo Burnham relates it to the frightened thirteen-year-old in us all in “Eighth Grade,” a film about the final week of eighth grade for Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher). She records YouTube videos speaking words of motivation and advice for her next-to-invisible audience but struggles with shyness in day-to-day life and worries about her impending high school social life. Kayla’s father (Josh Hamilton) tries his best to make her feel okay about ...

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‘Eighth Grade’ Director Bo Burnham and cast on social media and generational difference

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 07/16/18 4:24pm

“I immediately started crying.” Elsie Fisher describes her first experience seeing “Eighth Grade” in its entirety at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Fisher stars in the film as Kayla Day, a 13-year-old who spends her free time scrolling through Instagram and making YouTube videos preaching self-confidence. Unfortunately, Kayla doesn’t take to her own advice and is struck by constant shyness and social anxiety. “Eighth Grade” is the feature debut for 27-year-old writer/director ...

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“Sorry to Bother You” Is a Creative, Wild, and Zany Movie That Must Be Seen to Believe

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 07/07/18 5:36pm

The season of the summer blockbuster is upon us. That overcrowded action-film-packed time of the year where most movies feel distinctly similar and clichés run amok at cinemas across the country. Gear up for the latest superhero flick, or get ready for another heart throbbing rom-com. Then, there stands “Sorry to Bother You,” a movie that is so crazy and wild, so fresh and new, that it could perhaps provide a cure (if only temporary) to that blockbuster fatigue.I can guarantee you this: “Sorry ...

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In attempting to portray how the West was really won, ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ loses

By Last updated: 07/07/18 5:34pm

The United States’ treatment of indigenous peoples is one of its paramount national sins. The release of “Woman Walks Ahead,” a film that attempts to grapple with this scar on American history, seems deftly placed two days after the country’s symbolic birthday.What ensues however is a haphazardly executed film loosely based on true events that fails in gracing the viewers with any message deeper than “how we treated the Natives was bad.”Jessica Chastain plays artist Catherine Weldon, ...

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Boots Riley is ‘Sorry To Bother You’ : On his latest movie, the role of the individual and how we’re all just performing

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 07/06/18 3:46pm

The summer, while usually reserved for the blockbuster smashes of superhero action flicks, has found a darling in Boots Riley’s first feature film, “Sorry To Bother You.” The film centers on Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) as he descends into the seedy underworld of telemarketing while discovering his “white voice.” The film is out now and has been a project of Riley’s for some time: the original script was finished in 2012 and published as its own paperback in 2014. Starting his career ...

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“Recovery Boys” stabs at the hearts of viewers and the opioid epidemic

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 07/05/18 4:57pm

The United States’ battle with opioids has been well documented at this point. From frequent news coverage, the Trump Administration’s decision to enact the death penalty on drug dealers and even other documentaries, it has become a cornerstone in our nation’s political discourse.Something that gets overlooked, however, are those who suffer directly as a result of these opioid addictions. We often hear about the casualties in this epidemic; families who have lost sons, daughters or parents ...

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