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Mel Gibson masterfully combines style and substance in “Hacksaw Ridge”

Mark Peless

November 10, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

There are very few directors who are able to wrangle and produce a full story arc the way that Mel Gibson can. It was not too long ago that Gibson was first seen as the go-to male lead for an action movie. His career skyrocketed...

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” marvels

Brandon Schreur

November 10, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

In light of its ever-expansive cinematic universe, Marvel has done its best to make each of its entries feel unique and different in order to prevent the superhero fatigue mainstream audiences will eventually face. “Guardians...

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” a so-so outing for director Tim Burton

Sadie Burgher

October 14, 2016

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Since early childhood, Jake’s grandfather Abe regaled him with fantastical tales of his adolescence spent battling massive, tentacled monsters and living at “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” where his peers in...

“Deepwater Horizon” review

Brandon Schreur

October 7, 2016

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On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling rig located in the Gulf of Mexico harvesting oil for BP Petroleum, unexpectedly exploded. For the next 87 days, the oil well leaked into the ocean, spewing over 200 million...

Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” leaks of missed opportunity

Brandon Schreur

September 23, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

Edward Snowden, the man responsible for leaking classified information regarding the NSA to the public, is currently living in Moscow after being banned from entering the United States. He’s a rather polarizing figure: Some ...

Summer movie recap

Brandon Schreur

September 8, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

With every summer comes the release of many blockbuster films that promise sequels, superheroes and explosions, all of which usually end up breaking some kind of box office record. This past summer, the blockbusters have been rath...

“The Witch” explores boundaries of Christianity and horror genre

Eckhart Chan

April 13, 2016

Filed under Movie Reviews, Religion

“The Witch,” directed by Robert Eggers was first released in January at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Directing Award, and was later released in cinemas in February. Over the past month “The Witch” ...

“Eye in the Sky” considers the moral dilemma of drone warfare

Brandon Schreur

April 6, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

Modern warfare is complicated. Gone are the days when two opponents would meet on a battlefield and fight to the death until one side ultimately surrenders. Today, wars are fought through surveillance and conference calls. Direct...

Sisters rebel against female gender roles in “Mustang”

Nate Hunt

April 6, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

“Mustang” is one of those rare films that liberally displays its political message front and center but in a way that is easily digestible and never obnoxious. The directorial debut of Turkish-French filmmaker Deniz Gamze Er...

“Batman v Superman” v underwhelming start to DC universe

Nate Hunt

March 30, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the follow-up to 2013’s “Man of Steel” and, if the tagline tells us anything, serves as the official launch of the DC Extended Universe and all things Justice League. Well, af...

Puritan family falls prey to religious extremism and demonic possession in “The Witch”

Nate Hunt

February 25, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

It’s not every day that an indie film receives both positive buzz at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and an endorsement from the Satanic Temple. First-time director Robert Eggers somehow managed to do both with “The Witch,”...

“Hail, Caesar!” pays tribute to Hollywood Golden Age

Brandon Schreur

February 14, 2016

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

Famed brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have long been considered by many to be two of the best writers and directors currently working, having created such films as “The Big Lebowski,” “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men....