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Flawed Spider-Man still delivers

Christian Becker

September 7, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

Every now and then you watch a movie that's so fun and entertaining, that in the moment, you forget that it has flaws. That was my reaction to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” the first time around. I never thought it was perf...

‘Captain America’ goes beyond superhero standards

Christian Becker

April 10, 2014

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Traditionally, the first weekend in May is the time that kicks off the summer movie season, a season filled with blockbusters and big budgeted spectacles that superhero films seem to have the claim on lately. To move ahead of the...

Daring and beautiful ‘Noah’ impresses

Nick Keeley

April 3, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

In 2014, one of the more intriguing trends in Hollywood will be the advent of major studio-funded Christian-themed films. The trend began in earnest with February’s “Son of God,” a film about the life of Jesus that was ada...

Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ is one of his best

Sierra Savela

March 20, 2014

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Come enter the whimsical world of Wes Anderson. It is colorful, quirky and leaves a delicious taste in your mouth. The stories are complicated but they will fill you with joy and grief all in one single swoop. For those who ha...

Arts and Entertainment staff share favorite romantic comedies

Nick Keeley

February 19, 2014

Filed under Movie Reviews

In honor of Valentine’s Day, our arts and entertainment staff came up with several of their favorite films that are often associated with the romantic comedy or drama genre. 1. “(500) Days of Summer” (2009) A review of...

Disappointing ‘Monuments Men’ fails to spark interest

Christian Becker

February 12, 2014

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There are few things more frustrating than cooking up a sub-par soup when all the ingredients to make a tasty meal are right there in your grasp. Apply that to movies, and that basically describes “The Monuments Men.” You...

‘About Time’ brings sincerity to romantic comedy

Katie Salyer

February 7, 2014

Filed under Movie Reviews

If I was being totally honest, I would tell you that I was not so excited about this movie. I would tell you that I had every expectation of this Calvin-sponsored movie being another rendition of another sappy Nicholas Sparks novel...

Leonardo DiCaprio leads entertaining and crazy ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

Christian Becker

January 20, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

Jordan Belfort is an interesting man. From the outside looking in, he is a rockstar in the financial industry. But when we get a peek through the looking glass, we see nothing but a criminal who puts money before everything. ...

Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ is odd, but beautiful

Sierra Savela

January 20, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

In the not-so-distant future, operating systems have the ability to learn and grow from their own experiences. They become human-like beings with feelings, memories and vast amounts of power. This might sound like the plot for...

Entertaining ‘Hobbit’ misses spark of original trilogy

Annemarie Byl

January 20, 2014

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The much-anticipated second installment of Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit” trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” premiered December 13, 2013, roughly a year after its predecessor. The second installment shares many ...

Coen Brothers’ latest captures the 1960s folk music scene

Jonathan Hielkema

January 15, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Movie Reviews

In the early 1960s, New York City played host to a hugely influential folk music scene, with urban clubs in neighborhoods like Greenwich Village bustling with acts clamoring for attention and, most importantly, a living. While...