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Silver Screen

The Hate U Give shines a spotlight on Black Lives Matter

By Peyton Bigora Last updated: 10/04/18 10:54pm

Powerful and chilling from start to finish, “The Hate U Give” is a riveting movie based on the best-selling novel by Angie Thomas. The novel and film deals with the heated ideological debate between Black Lives Matter, an activist organization creating a world without “anti-blackness,” versus Blue Lives Matter, a support organization for law enforcement agents. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is whisked into a whirlwind of political controversy and activism when she is the ...

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“A Star is Born” is a beautiful reflection of the cost of celebrity

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 10/03/18 2:25pm

Movies about stardom tend to be too self-aggrandizing. “Maybe Hollywood isn’t interested in making fine art, but hey, we are!” is usually how the script goes. Now, peppered with some song and dance, and boy have you got a mediocre picture. It’s just that films of that nature don’t have anything important to say aside from the happy Hollywood ending the story already told.From the start of “A Star is Born” it’s clear from Bradley Cooper’s lamentation at the beginning of the film ...

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“Colette” is a period drama with more to say about women of today than meets the eye

By Kelly McDonnell Last updated: 09/28/18 2:45pm

In the late 19th century, the last thing France seemed to want was an intellectual, romantic and self-assured woman authoring the most popular novel of the time.“Colette,” directed by Wash Westmoreland, illustrates the life of renowned French author and actress Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. At 20 years old, Colette married literary publisher Henry Gauthier-Villars, or Willy, and began writing, sometimes only because Willy locked her in a room and forced her to write, the multiple novels in the ...

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Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” reminds us of the importance of documentaries

By Jacob Robbins Last updated: 09/24/18 11:49am

What is the role of the documentarian? Should they maintain a certain distance in their filmmaking or is it their duty to insert themselves in their art and take a stand? Should they let the facts speak for themselves or tell us what to make of the bits and pieces presented? Is documentary filmmaking a form of journalism or simply a glorified Op-ed?The documentary form has come into question as debates regarding the merits of what makes a successful film rage on. For years, the liberal firebrand ...

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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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