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‘I Feel Pretty’ teaches us to love (and laugh at) ourselves

By Grace George Last updated: 04/20/18 1:45am

Despite the fact she was not involved in the direction, writing or production of this movie, the role of Renee in “ I Feel Pretty” was made for Amy Schumer. “I Feel Pretty” relays a positive message about self-love in a funny and relatable way. It is not particularly inspiring or empowering, but Schumer’s character shows that confidence is everything. Renee is a New Yorker in her mid-30s who struggles with confidence, constantly wishing that she were undeniably beautiful. The day after ...

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'Rampage' can’t decide what type of movie it wants to be

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 04/13/18 7:11pm

Based on the popular arcade game of the same name, “Rampage” tells the story of a primatologist named Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), who notices his friend George, who happens to be an albino gorilla, is growing exponentially and getting angrier and angrier because of a mystery serum. The film then sets off with Okoye and Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris), who previously worked with the company that created this serum and weapon, attempting to save the world and stop a series of different animals ...

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'Truth or Dare' is fun at times, but fails to live up to its promising premise

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 04/13/18 12:13pm

“Truth or Dare” tells the story of five college students who are partying in an abandoned church in Mexico when they decide to play truth or dare. As soon as they get back home they realize they can’t escape the game, they are forced to either play, or die. Jeff Wadlow, who previously directed “Kick-Ass 2,” assembles a strong cast including Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey and Violett Beane. They have great on-screen chemistry and elicit some sympathy for their characters and what they’re going ...

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'Aardvark’ is a sporadically interesting but ultimately dull drama

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 04/13/18 5:05am

“Aardvark” tells the story of Josh Norman (Zachary Quinto), as he starts to see his therapist Emily (Jenny Slate) again after finding out his brother, Craig (Jon Hamm) is back in town for the first time in 16 years. Josh starts to reveal to Emily that he’s seen his brother on many occasions, masquerading as different people in his life. What Josh doesn’t know is that Emily is dating his brother. The film teases some interesting insights about how we deal with loneliness and how everyone ...

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Joaquin Phoenix gives a career defining role in 'You Were Never Really Here'

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 04/13/18 5:00am

There is nothing particularly boundary-pushing about “You Were Never Really Here,” the newest effort by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay. It is a relatively procedural revenge film chronicling a man with a particular set of skills rescuing a damsel from the clutches of a group of men with sinister intentions (sound familiar?).However, what makes this feature truly incredible is Ramsay’s willingness to explore the psyche of the anti-hero in lieu of the conventional trappings of the subgenre. ...

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'Itzhak' is a portrait of charismatic, world renowned musician

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 04/11/18 12:35pm

Music has always been a major part of our interaction with the world. It fills our music halls, our campuses, our workplaces and even our homes. Popular artists like Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar have built personas and entire brands around their names. Even members of famous bands like Harry Styles of One Direction and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 have name recognition. This is a facet of celebrity that is sorely missed for classical musicians, however. With the exception of the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, ...

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‘Blockers’ is a teenage Rom-Com, heavy on the ‘Com’

By Grace George Last updated: 04/09/18 11:09am

“Blockers” is what you would get if you let Seth Rogen write the script for an original Disney Channel movie. The comedy follows three parents on their journey to prevent their daughters from losing their virginities on prom night. Lisa (Leslie Mann), Mitchell (John Cena) and Hunter (Ike Barinholtz) encounter every possible obstacle in trying to stop their kids before it’s too late, and these pitfalls add to the hilarity and absurdity of the film. As one of the producers of “Blockers,” ...

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'A Quiet Place' creates a chilling post-apocalyptic horror through its creative sound design

By Brandon Ermer Last updated: 04/06/18 2:34pm

In “A Quiet Place,” John Krasinski -- most famous for his role in “The Office” -- decides to take his first plunge into the horror genre as director and leading actor. What results is a compelling exploration of one of the most crucial elements involved in the making of a successful horror film: sound design. The film follows a small family as they navigate life in a rural, post-apocalyptic -- perhaps post-alien invasion -- landscape. It is clear from the initial trailer as well as the ...

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'Lean on Pete' is a touching coming-of-age film about a boy and his horse who set out on a journey across state lines

By Ali Almutairi Last updated: 04/06/18 2:33pm

“Lean on Pete,” based on the book by Willy Vlautin, is writer and director Andrew Haigh’s newest film, which tells the coming-of-age story of Charley Thompson, a 15-year-old kid who befriends a race horse and sets out on a journey to find his family and stability in life. Thompson, played by the excellent Charlie Plummer, has just moved to Portland, Oregon after his single father, played by  Travis Fimmel (“Vikings”), found a job there. Charley, tries to be positive and cheerful ...

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Student filmmakers’ environmental documentary shown at film festival

By Katya Podkovyroff Lewis Last updated: 04/05/18 1:14am

On March 27, “Healing Baltimore's Harbor: A Pipe Dream?” was shown in the Doyle Forman Theater, bringing students and Washington, D.C. locals to hear more about Baltimore’s unsafe harbor. Students in Professor Mike English’s “Environmental Filmmaking for Public Television” class created the documentary examining Baltimore’s aged and crumbling sewage and stormwater infrastructure that continues to pollute the city’s harbor. Previously screened at the DC Environmental Film Festival, ...

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