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'The King’s Choice' is a humanizing yet flawed glimpse into World War II

(10/06/17 7:10pm)

The Second World War was a watershed moment for the world, and since the war’s conclusion in 1945, it has been adapted to the screen from many perspectives: from the bravado and valiance of American soldiers shown in historical fiction like “Fury” and “Inglourious Basterds”, to the sobering tragedy and triumphant heroism in films based off of true events like “Schindler’s List” and “Flags of our Fathers”. “The King’s Choice” finds its place among the latter, although its plot seems too outrageous to be true.


'The Florida Project' is a clear window into another lifestyle

(10/06/17 1:22pm)

Sean Baker continues his trend of directing dramatic, directionless films that serve as a window to an American lifestyle or culture that mainstream media rarely cover. In his previous movie, “Tangerine,” he focuses on two black, transgender prostitutes working in a very dangerous neighborhood. That high intensity film is offset completely by his latest film, “The Florida Project.” Prepare to laugh and cry at the innocence of these children as you walk around with them in their rundown Florida neighborhood.


'American Made' lives up to its title, but lacks in precision

(10/03/17 5:50pm)

Tom Cruise, no matter what his personal life holds, is a bonafide, big box office movie star. Even his latest film, The Mummy, which was a critically dismissed domestic flop but boomed in China, managed to gross over $400 million. While “American Made” may be the same case, Cruise displays his ability to haul in any viewer’s attention.



'Rebel in the Rye' misses capturing J.D. Salinger

(09/17/17 7:29pm)

Director Danny Strong offers a tepid biopic riff on the 2013 documentary Salinger in “Rebel in the Rye.” The film explores the 1950s, around Salinger’s writing of “The Catcher in the Rye,” whose place in the pantheon of great American novels is indelible. Holden Caulfield, the novel’s protagonist, gave a voice to the disaffection and confusion of modern living and his condemnation of all things fake rendered the book timeless and dearly loved.


'American Assassin' is another spy action movie, but worse

(09/15/17 8:49pm)

Michael Cuesta directs the film adaptation of the New York Times bestseller, “American Assassin.” The action novel, written by Vince Flynn, received an incredible amount of praise from both critics and audiences, so it is not any surprise that Hollywood has decided to turn it into another action movie. However, this adaptation takes the mindless formula of a spy action movie to a whole new level─and not in a good way.





'Shot Caller' shows strength but ends up locking itself up

(08/31/17 7:36pm)

"Shot Caller" tells a story of a man named Jacob Harlan, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who had it all: a beautiful wife who loved him, a kid and a successful career. All of this changed one night when he was charged with a DUI manslaughter and was sent to a federal penitentiary to serve his time. This ends up being the first of many catalysts that charts the journey of the titular character from straight-laced man to a leader of a neo-Nazi group.


From 'West Wing' to 'Parks and Recreation,' here's what to watch during Welcome Week

(08/18/17 6:11pm)

We’ve all been there: The activity of the evening for Welcome Week just doesn’t seem all that entertaining and now you’re left with a few hours to spend with your new friends. You can only go monumenting at night so many times, and you’ve definitely done your due diligence. It’s time to break out the movies and favorite shows. Read on for The Eagle’s guide to the top five flicks and shows to watch with the new crew.




'Atomic Blonde' is pure hell on heels

(07/28/17 9:51pm)

“Atomic Blonde” drives a stiletto straight into the jugular of every “girl power” spy movie out there, literally and figuratively (watch the trailer and you will see what I mean). Based on the graphic novel series “The Coldest City” by Antony Johnston, Sam Hart and Steven Perkins, “Atomic Blonde” is set in 1989, just as the Berlin Wall is collapsing.


"Dunkirk" avoids conventional storytelling en route to success

(07/25/17 2:56pm)

Christopher Nolan is one of the  most acclaimed directors working in Hollywood right now. He’s also one of the few filmmakers who can demand any budget for any script he authorizes. Following his last picture, the divisive “Interstellar,” the film public was on edge about what was in store from the British writer and director.


"Moka" balances stereotypical revenge trope with unrealistic characters

(07/10/17 1:03am)

Swiss director Frédéric Mermoud’s second feature film, “Moka,” follows the story of Diane (Emmanuelle Devos) who is struggling with the death of her only son in a hit and run accident. Diane is stricken with grief and anger as the police seem to be unable to find the killers, taking the case into her own hands by hiring a detective. She tracks a couple matching the description and infiltrates their lives to find hard evidence, subjecting them to the same pain that she is filled with. The film’s main question, “what does revenge mean?” gets over asked. What can Diane hope to accomplish by finding her son’s killers? What will it really change? Not once is there an actual answer.