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With everyone in quarantine, it can feel hard to get into the festive spirit for this holiday season. So many holiday traditions are postponed or canceled, and even though it’s December, the holiday magic just doesn’t seem to be as present as it usually is.
Joe Mantello’s Netflix adaptation of Mart Crowley’s 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" is an unforgettable revival that is as relevant and breathtaking as the original play. The 2019 Tony Award-winning cast brings this comic drama to the silver screen with glorious results.
If you are in need of a new reality show to sip your tea to, go binge all eight episodes of “Deaf U,” the Netflix documentary about D.C.’s Gallaudet University. This series has the drama of your typical reality show with jocks, activists, “elites” and social media influencers packed into each 20-minute episode. “Deaf U” is an insightful reality show with a sense of humor that dives into the lives of eight deaf or hearing-impaired students navigating hardships and the struggles of being a college student in 2020.
Editor's Note: This article appeared in The Eagle's October 2020 virtual print edition.
“I’m not trying to make any kind of message film, these films are about characters,” “First Cow” director Kelly Reichardt said in an interview with The Eagle. “But there are themes that run through them that could be applicable to today’s world.”
With the clock ticking and little time to spare, James Figueras - an ambitious art critic - has fallen from grace with hopes to try and restore his name, entangling his lover into his connivery.
Compared to last year’s fiasco, the 92nd Academy Awards were relatively tame, and the surprises that did materialize were mostly welcome ones. Perhaps the most memorable moment of the evening was when the South Korean favorite “Parasite” won the grand prize for Best Motion Picture—the first time a foreign language film has won the award. “Parasite” also walked away with the newly renamed Best International Film award (formerly called the Best Foreign Language Film).
In today’s political climate, it seems as though mainstream media is constantly under fire for what they publish and how they got their information. People in the United States seem to gravitate towards certain publications based off of which direction they lean on the political scale, thus reading articles that feed into their confirmation biases. One publication that seems to be constantly scrutinized is the National Enquirer. “Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer” is a documentary that attempts to shine a light on the truth behind how the tabloid was created and what is has become. Throughout recent years, people have known the Enquirer to be nothing more than a tabloid, however its roots and specific discoveries in regards to some high profile cases intersect with the realm of journalism.
Ocho (Juan Barberini) had left Javi (Ramon Pujol) in his past—or so he thought. When the two reconnect for one day in Madrid, their long-forgotten history resurfaces, and their brief love affair is rekindled. Though time had torn them apart, the lovers reunite for better or for worse. For both of them, their affair reminded them of when they both realized their sexuality.
A script fit for a Lifetime direct-to-TV movie is given the Hollywood treatment in “Last Christmas,” director Paul Feig’s latest film since “A Simple Favor.” Feig, along with an all-star cast and a George Michael-heavy soundtrack, attempts to tackle the classic feel-good Christmas romantic-comedy like “The Holiday” and “Love Actually.” However, with focuses on economic inequality, refugees, and Brexit, what results is a confounding mess that addresses a myriad of unexpectedly serious topics.
“I’ve got three brothers, so that sense of brotherhood...I know that,” said Luke Kleintank, leaning forward on the couch. “I feel like when we [Ed Skrein] first met, we hit it off. We come from the same mentality about life, about family, and the artistry of everything that we do.”
jo Betzler’s imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. Jojo believes that Jews have horns hidden in their hair. He wants to be Hitler’s personal guard. And his mother is sheltering a young Jewish girl in their home.
Yi’s summer has been filled with nothing but work in the bustling city of Shanghai, much to the dismay of her family. After the death of her father, her family wishes she would spend more time with them. Her grandmother in particular worries about Yi not spending enough time with them and doesn’t hesitate to let Yi know. Yi’s yearning to explore China motivates the same daily work routine— tasks weighing down on her with every passing day, just to make money.
Thirty years after Clifford McBride—a visionary pioneer in space exploration—went missing during a deep space mission gone wrong, his estranged son, Roy (Brad Pitt) is sent to search for him.
The reveal of the staggering cast of “Hustlers,” including Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Constance Wu, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and many others, had audiences ready for an empowering movie filled with drama, crime and a whole lot of fun. Do the personalities of these titanic stars translate from the trailers to the big screen? While the immediate answer is a resounding “yes,” some things are disappointingly left at surface level.
In “Hereditary,” director Ari Aster built tension and horror around deftly placed hints throughout the movie’s 127 minute run time. One could never quite place it, but something was incredibly unsettling about the life of the seemingly normal family at the heart of the story. It isn’t until the third act of the film—following an exceptionally gruesome twist—that things begin to reveal themselves, and all hell breaks loose.
“Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation,” opens with chaos. Understaffed, overcrowded and unprepared, the festival crew is shown trying to adapt to a thunderstorm that could potentially derail the whole festival.
Making a movie is hard work. Making a monster movie is even harder. Making a good monster movie may be one of the hardest things to pull off in Hollywood.
On the last day of high school, overachiever Molly (Beanie Feldstein) comes to the earth-shattering realization that it’s possible to excel in school and party. She and her best friend Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) then spend the next hour and a half of the film trying to cram four years of partying into one night, but things don’t quite go according to plan. This is the premise of “Booksmart,” actress Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut that is a heartwarming tale of friendship as well as an impressive comedy.
As the director of “The Descent” and “Dog Soldiers,” Neil Marshall is no stranger to tackling macabre and unearthly stories. While the “Hellboy” universe seemed like the perfect playground for him, the film is lifeless and falls flat despite the gratuitous amount of blood and gore and David Harbour’s solid performance as the titular character.