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“Anomalisa” uses puppets to tell a very human story

Nate Hunt

February 3, 2016

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What does it mean to love and be loved? What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to be human? By pondering these existential questions, director Charlie Kaufman crafts one of 2015’s most unique movie experiences with ...

“Room” is an excellent study of human psychology

Nate Hunt

December 13, 2015

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I’m sure you’re familiar with the film scene I’m about to describe: after overcoming insurmountable odds and all manner of harrowing experiences that have separated our protagonist from loved ones, he or she is at long last...

“Brooklyn” about finding joy amidst tragedy

Nate Hunt

December 4, 2015

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“Brooklyn” has a glow about it, as if it knows that it is far superior to any Nicholas Sparks film adaptation, despite being in the same genre and narrative vein. Lead actor Saoirse Ronan is directly responsible for this glow i...

“Mockingjay – Part 2” fails to take flight

Brandon Schreur

December 4, 2015

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With the release of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” last week, the franchise, based upon the popular young adult novels, comes to a close. “Mockingjay – Part 2” picks up directly where “Part 1” left off,...

“Spotlight” shines a light on sexual abuse

Nate Hunt

December 4, 2015

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Facing conflict is almost always painful. No one likes to see their comfortable community victimized by despicable acts of human depravity. Sometimes our first response to such events is cowardice. Sometimes it can be all too tem...

Jon Foreman’s “Dawn” EP an uplifting close to “The Wonderlands” project

Katelyn Van Kooten

November 24, 2015

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“Dawn” is the fourth and final EP in Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman's recent solo project, “The Wonderlands.” “The Wonderlands” is Foreman's first solo release since 2008's “Limbs and Branches,” and it was wel...

“Spectre” a lackluster conclusion to the Craig Bond era

Daniel Baas

November 24, 2015

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With 24 films that span 50 years, James Bond has been an icon of cinema. Over the last decade the franchise has taken a darker, grittier approach along the same lines of recent superhero movies. With these last few Bond fi...

“Rock the Kasbah” a movie that struggles to find its identity

Daniel Baas

November 8, 2015

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One of the greatest comics of the last half century is without a doubt Bill Murray. His work on “Saturday Night Live” set the show up for the incredible run it has had. He also starred in classics like “Ghostbusters,”...

“Steve Jobs” a poignant portrait of an imperfect man

Nate Hunt

November 8, 2015

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The Apple company is intertwined with the DNA of America. The iconic logo of the silver apple with a bite out of it is recognized and revered by its supporters the world over. Today, this multi-billion dollar company is a social and ...

“Beasts of No Nation” an unsettling film about the human cost of war

Nate Hunt

November 8, 2015

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“Beasts of No Nation” is a film about a fictional war set in a fictional African country yet it feels all too real. The film follows Agu (Abraham Attah) after his father and brother are killed by the army. While fleeing for ...

“Bridge of Spies” examines personal side of Cold War

Daniel Baas

October 25, 2015

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For most of us, we were born near the end or after the Cold War. We are aware of its effects on life throughout the late 20th century, but we don’t really know what it was like to live through the fear of nuclear war. Sp...

“Crimson Peak” a visually stunning work of gothic horror

Nate Hunt

October 25, 2015

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To those who are familiar with Guillermo Del Toro’s previous films, “Crimson Peak” should feel familiar. Some of the director’s previous work includes the beautifully designed and realized “Hellboy” and the bloody fa...