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Highlights from the 2020 Academy Awards

(02/11/20 1:46am)

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).

“Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer” ruffles up questions about what deserves to be considered journalism in today’s world

(11/14/19 6:29pm)

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.

“End of the Century” is a genuine, bittersweet reflection of “what could have been”

(11/07/19 11:53pm)

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. 

“Last Christmas” is the social commentary on every fathomable topic that you know you don’t need

(11/07/19 7:07pm)

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.

“Midway” stars Ed Skrein and Luke Kleintank discuss brotherhood and the importance of remembrance

(11/07/19 4:51pm)

“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.” 

“Abominable” is a charming animated adventure about the power of family and music

(09/26/19 8:27pm)

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. 

"Hustlers" humanizes through humor but still has a few missing puzzle pieces

(09/13/19 12:43pm)

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. 

"Midsommar" shows us that there is much more to be afraid of than just the dark

(07/03/19 3:16am)

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.

“Booksmart” ushers in a new generation for the high school coming-of-age comedy

(05/23/19 9:45pm)

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. 

The “Hellboy” reboot is bloody but soulless

(04/12/19 2:16am)

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. 

Director Mike Leigh discusses his latest historical drama “Peterloo”

(04/05/19 1:46pm)

In August of 1819, 80,000 people rallied together at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, in order to seek representation and reform. The peaceful demonstration soon turned into a frenzy, when the cavalry were ordered to enter and disrupt the people. This devolved into a violent massacre that led to hundreds of injuries and some deaths. 

Jordan Peele’s “Us” is an ambitious and chilling fable of American identity

(03/22/19 2:23pm)

Jordan Peele shattered expectations with his directorial debut “Get Out.” Not only did it tap into the zeitgeist, but it also provided a darkly humorous and equally scary take on American race relations. In his sophomore effort, “Us,” he expands the lens of his commentary by exploring recurring conflicts within American identity.

Fyre Festival documentaries have one thing in common: the generalization of a generation

(03/05/19 8:41pm)

In 2017, American entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule presented an exclusive weekend extravaganza on an island previously owned by Pablo Escobar, the notorious Colombian drug lord. Jerry Media, a successful marketing company, promised a star-filled line-up as they posted advertisements that featured Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin and other models. Tickets to the event soared up to $250,000 and sold out within 48 hours.