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Silver Screen

"Beauty and the Beast" brings the nostalgia you're looking for

By Elisabeth Holmes Last updated: 03/11/17 10:00am

Another princess tale has been adapted from the original Disney cartoon to live action film, and in this case, done excellently. “Beauty and the Beast” was both nostalgic and offered some new context to this beloved story.The film begins with a prince being transformed into a beast by a witch when he wouldn’t show her compassion. Then we meet Belle, a young woman living in a small town who rescues her father from the capture of the Beast, but must stay at the Beast’s castle in return. The ...

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"Kong: Skull Island" nails what makes monster movies fun

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 03/10/17 9:00am

“Kong: Skull Island” wears its influences proudly on its sleeve, while also setting a new bar for the genre in nearly every aspect of filmmaking: score, cinematography and cultivating likeable, A-list actors with genuine chemistry and charisma.Director Jordan Vogt-Robert, relatively unknown by mainstream audiences, was tasked with managing a nearly $200 million budget, a litany of mega stars and a franchise with a longstanding history with eyes on a crossover series with the “Godzilla” series. ...

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How the Oscars have really changed over the past 20 years

By Zach Vallese Last updated: 03/09/17 9:00am

The 89th Academy Awards aired on the last Sunday in February and it was a night filled with great speeches, stunning performances and an unforgettable “Steve Harvey-esque” flub. The event has evolved over the last 20 years, keeping pace with natural evolution but also as a result of serious criticism and complaints. While the changes have been welcomed by many of the participants and their fans, inequities seem to persist and the Oscars will likely continue to evolve. It was comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s ...

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"My Life as a Zucchini" makes you want to cry tears of joy and hope

By Michael Valenti Last updated: 03/05/17 7:56pm

“My Life as a Zucchini” is a well appreciated break in this oversaturated market of animated children’s movies. The only Oscar-nominated animated film with a PG-13 rating, Claude Barras does not veil the awkward yet dire situation of these children in his first feature length film. This is not a children’s movie at all. “My Life as a Zucchini” follows the life of Icare, a 9-year-old nicknamed Courgette (the French word for zucchini).The film opens with his drunk mother climbing the stairs ...

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Though engaging, "Logan" stumbles without an interesting villain

By Griffin Rowell Last updated: 03/03/17 9:00am

“Logan” is the culmination of the Wolverine spinoff trilogy, and most likely Hugh Jackman’s last time playing the beloved comic book mutant, a role he became synonymous with over his 17-year stint. A marketing campaign featuring a trailer with the Johnny Cash cover of “Hurt” aptly set the tone for what would be Marvel Studio’s second R-rated superhero movie in a little over a year, following on the heels of the uber successful “Deadpool.” By starting off with an f-bomb, severed limbs ...

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The Young Pope, episodes 6-10: Lenny becomes likeable

By Matt Holt Last updated: 03/02/17 9:00am

So, when we were at the midway point of The Young Pope, there were a handful of ways the show could have ended. Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law), also known as Lenny Belardo, asserted himself as an infallible figure isolated in the Vatican. This all changes in the last five episodes. At the halfway point, it’s clear that his plan for the Catholic Church is not working. In his speech to the College of Cardinals, he calls for fanaticism and isolationism. He believes his absence from the public spotlight ...

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"Get Out" goes beyond standard horror tropes with thrilling results

By Dilpreet Raju Last updated: 02/26/17 4:20pm

Jordan Peele has made a name for himself working on and starring in the famous sketch show Key and Peele. Now, he has officially made his directorial debut with 2017’s horror-comedy “Get Out.”Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a black man, is skeptical of meeting Rose’s (Allison Williams) white family. Rose comforts him and tells him how her dad wishes he could have voted for Obama a third time. Chris agrees to visit, but soon after arriving he and Rose begin to sense a strangeness from her family.As ...

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"Kedi" captures intimate relationships between cats and humans

By Elisabeth Holmes Last updated: 02/24/17 9:00am

"Kedi" follows the relationships of seven stray cats living in Istanbul and the relationships those cats have with the people living around them. Much of the film is shot at the same height as the cats, showing the beauty of Istanbul from a cat’s perspective. There are close up shots of the cats’ eyes and ears, and just as those who live with these animals on a daily basis claim, viewers begin to see each cat’s individual personalities throughout the movie. For a few of these cats, it ...

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"Fist Fight," though comedic, highlights important issues in public schools

By Elisabeth Holmes Last updated: 02/17/17 10:34am

"Fist Fight" is a comedy about a fight between two male teachers on the last day at a public high school. Charlie Day, known for his role as Charlie in "It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia," plays pushover English teacher Andy Campbell. He is challenged by the aggressive history teacher Ron Strickland, played by Ice Cube. The film follows Andy Campbell’s day leading up to the feared fight. He tries to figure out a way to get out of fighting Ron Strickland, go to a teacher’s meeting where his ...

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"The Great Wall" has great visuals, but not a great plot

By Jack Reilly Last updated: 02/17/17 9:00am

Epic battles, grotesque monsters and stunning visuals define “The Great Wall,” starring Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Tian Jing, Andy Lau and Willem Dafoe. The story features two European mercenaries, William (Damon) and Tovar (Pascal), who travel to China’s Great Wall with the goal of acquiring the famed Black Powder, a legendary powder said to be extraordinarily powerful. Little do they know that there is much more to the Great Wall than meets the eye. It is the Chinese main line of defense ...

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