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Critic’s Corner: A Quiet Place

Rania Kaur, Author

April 19, 2018

Editor’s Note: Contains Spoilers. Think about all of the things you do that make noise. Imagine how you yawn as you wake up, you step onto creaky floorboards, you pour cereal into a ceramic bowl and you wait for the sound of your tea kettle squealing on the stove. Now, imagine a world where each of these noises could be deadly. This is the world ...

Critic’s Corner: Every Day’s Creative take on Pansexuality

Sofía Muro-Wells, Managing Editor

March 7, 2018

Science fiction meets teenage romance meets drama in “Every Day,” the film adaptation of David Leviathan’s book. Angourie Rice plays Rhiannon, a sixteen year old girl who falls in love with a spirit “A” that wakes up in a completely different body everyday, first that of her less-than-superb boyfriend. “Every Day” carries throughout...

Critic’s Corner: Social Commentary Through Cinema

Jordan Kenison, Author

February 21, 2018

Social commentary in the new Marvel Studios film “Black Panther” offers an added level of significance that is as relevant now as it has ever been. The highly anticipated new superhero installment is a solid entry in the Avengers series, with a highly praised soundtrack and talented cast. The film focuses on T’Challa, young king of the African...

Critics Corner: An Satisfyingly Unusual Romance

Bailee Clark, Author

February 7, 2018

“The Shape of Water” immediately removed me from my seat, transplanting me to a surreal underwater world with a table and chairs suspended elegantly in the water, drifting around like a dream. Guillermo Del Toro has directed a wide variety of bizarre and unique movies, many of which have become cult classics. He is a visionary writer and director,...

Critic’s Corner: “12 Strong” Lacks Emotional Depth

Sofía Muro-Wells, Managing Editor

January 24, 2018

Making its public debut last Friday,“12 Strong” depicts the heroic and true story of the Horse Soldiers, a United States Special Forces team led by Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) that was sent into Afghanistan during the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Based off the book by Doug Stanton, “Horse Soldiers...

Critic’s Corner: Should Star Wars Fans Start a Rebellion of their own?

Jordan Kenison, Author

January 17, 2018

Star Wars is one of the most beloved film franchises of all time. Its characters and themes  have transcended  the confines of a “galaxy far far away” and spawned into cultural phenomenon. With that level of fandom comes an enormous level of pressure to meet expectations, especially for the new Star Wars film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi...

Critic’s Corner: Stranger Things 2 Is an ‘Eleven’ Out of Ten

November 8, 2017

Nine episodes of “Stranger Things 2” were released on Netflix on Oct. 27, just in time to relish the eerie special effects used ...

Critic’s Corner: “Suburbicon” Lacks Comedic Grace

November 1, 2017

“Suburbicon,” directed by Golden Globe winning actor George Clooney, is set in the year 1959 in an all-white suburb. The f...

Critic’s Corner: “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On”

May 3, 2017

Only 3 percent of the tens of millions of people who watch online porn use a pay site, according to a statistic presented in the...

Critic’s Corner: “Colossal” Differs from Expectations

April 26, 2017

Kaiju, a popular Japanese film genre, typically features a giant monster attacking a city (think Godzilla and King Kong). Earlier...

Critic’s Corner: “13 Reasons Why” Trivializes Suicide

April 20, 2017

“13 Reasons Why” is probably on your “suggested” list in Netflix. You’ve probably seen memes of it circulating on your...

Critic’s Corner: Lego Batman Review

February 22, 2017

The film industry has spawned a variety of fantastic movies over the past century; films such as Titanic, Slumdog Millionaire...

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