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The Invisible Man

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

The fear of the unknown delivers a sense of dread that can cause distress even when no immediate threat is apparent. Horror movies often capitalize off of this fear by making viewers uncertain as to when danger will surface. By having the main threat of the film be completely unseen, The Invisible Man...

Strong script, revamped animation help ‘Sonic’ soar

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

February 27, 2020

Film adaptations of video games are notoriously low quality, and “Sonic the Hedgehog”initially seemed to be another failure. Originally, the famous video game character’s initial, freakishly realistic design scared off fans. After being delayed to completely rework the character’s appearance,...

New rom-com provides fun, crucial representation

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

February 27, 2020

Romantic comedies are a longstanding tradition for Valentine’s Day. They provide a relatable, romanticized fantasy for couples to cuddle up to or a single pringle wanting something to indulge in. The key ingredient in rom-coms is relatability. Watching a relatable character find true love in a relatable...

Harley Quinn flys high in action-packed ‘Birds of Prey’

Harley Quinn flys high in action-packed ‘Birds of Prey’

Brian Connors, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 20, 2020

Harley Quinn breaks up with the Joker and breaks out onto the big screen in her first solo-outing, “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.” The feature film is fun, feminist and fantabulous from beginning to end. It began playing in theatres on Feb. 7. Fresh off her breakup with the Clown Prince of Crime,...

‘1917’ brings history to life with visuals, emotional story

‘1917’ brings history to life with visuals, emotional story

Katherine Daily, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

"1917" is a beautiful film with something in store for everyone. The Oscar-nominated film explores a dangerous story that encapsulates the madness, futility and hopelessness of World War I. It paints a vibrant picture with an assured touch of warmth and an unrivaled intensity. “1917” is a straightforward...

‘Knives Out’ is star-studded, clever whodunit flick

‘Knives Out’ is star-studded, clever whodunit flick

Brian Connors, Arts & Entertainment Editor

December 5, 2019

A classic whodunit filled to the brim with loveable celebrities, “Knives Out” intrigued me from the beginning. The holiday mystery stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Katherine Langford and Toni Collette, amongst others. Its stars expectedly shine, but the real thrill of the film comes...

‘Doctor Sleep’ fails to live up to ‘The Shining’

Katherine Daily, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

The latest attempt at a Stephen King adaptation, “Doctor Sleep,” released in theaters on Nov. 8 and, unfortunately, came up short. It amounted to a basic sequel to Kubrick's “The Shining” that no one really asked for. It was not as if it was not well-crafted or well-presented. That being said,...

Big year for anime in the West as genre gains popularity

Big year for anime in the West as genre gains popularity

Joseph Ferrer, Staff Writer

November 14, 2019

The past year was exciting for moviegoers, especially fans of anime. Significant progress has been made within the past few years with localizing and distributing content from Japan due to the medium’s growing popularity in the West. Several more feature-length anime films debuted in theaters overseas...

‘Ad Astra’ provides out of this world storytelling

‘Ad Astra’ provides out of this world storytelling

Katherine Daly, Staff Writer

October 4, 2019

Hollywood has been overrun by space films. Since the premier of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the genre has become a big fat joke. This forced the film industry down a dark path as they have cranked out plenty of pointless and forgettable space movies twice a year! Now, sci-fi films must work harder...

‘Hustlers’ shines with fantastic performances from stars

‘Hustlers’ shines with fantastic performances from stars

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 19, 2019

When the movie “Hustlers” was announced, audiences immediately labeled it iconic. A stripper flick starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Keke Palmer seemed like an instant recipe for success. Well, the recipe has been prepared and I am happy to report that the film is every bit as gratifying...

The most anticipated movies of the upcoming year

Alyssa Garcia, Staff Writer

September 5, 2019

Frozen 2 (November 22) This is a movie we can’t just let go! The release of “Frozen” in 2013 launched a franchise that has taken the world by storm. The story of ‘Frozen 2’ seems to continue with Elsa and Anna choosing to take on the world together in a potentially dangerous adventu...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ balances action, drama, humor

Brian Connors, Arts and Entertainment Editor

May 4, 2019

For any reader who has not seen “Avengers: Endgame,” you must go see it. Its cultural magnitude is far too great for you to be left in the dust. Also, this will be a spoiler-free review, so you can continue reading without fear. In short, “Avengers: Endgame” was perfect. The film brought an...

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