The Spectator

“I’ve Got a Bad Feeling about This”: Solo: A Star Wars Story

William Lim, Author

May 30, 2018

After the divisive “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was released, many fans have been reluctant to put their trust in another Star Wars movie out of fear that their long-admired characters are changed into something that they no longer recognize. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” comes in the wake of a fractured fan base, and it doesn’t seem like it’s d...

Deadpool 2 Packs same Punches, Brings more Heart

Sofía Muro-Wells, Managing Editor

May 24, 2018

In the highly anticipated movie “Deadpool 2,” Marvel Comics’ friendly neighborhood R-rated anti-hero returns just as crude, off putting and witty as in the original film. Yet with this second look, Wade Wilson—alter ego Deadpool—shares his more vulnerable side as he wrestles with his own guilt and pain. “Deadpool 2” follows Wilson and his ico...

Marvel’s Infinity War Dares to be Big

Henry Tupper, Author

May 3, 2018

Marvel fans are buzzing about “Avengers: Infinity War,” as it unites an epic cast including characters from almost every major Marvel film. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo embarked on the considerable task of making a cohesive blockbuster film with over 12 major characters while also maintaining the integrity of the Marvel universe. While the mov...

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 ...

The IMAX Film Fueling Panda-monium

Jacqueline Lewis, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 16, 2018

Picture me, a 20-something year-old, crying alone in an IMAX 3D feature film at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center, all because a panda cub is lost and hurt in the wild. The search party suspensefully hikes for days to locate the panda by her GPS collar. I’ve been a fan of pandas since I made my animal-habitat diorama on them in first grade, gather...

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...

Movie Magic aids Memory Loss at the Frye Art Museum

Natalie Monahan, Author

February 7, 2018

Many people love watching movies purely for destressing and entertainment, but for those with dementia, certain films can even help bring back memories. Meet Me at the Movies is a program put on at the Frye Art Museum that’s especially designed for people with memory loss and their care partners. Assembled by co-curators Mary Jane Knecht and Keri...

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: Only the Brave

October 25, 2017

Amongst the Halloween horror films coming out this month, the biographical drama “Only the Brave” details a real-life tra...

Critic’s Corner: Dawn of Disarray

Scott Johnson, Author

March 31, 2016

Ever since the tepid critical reception of “Man of Steel” in 2013, DC Comics has tried to play a major game of catch-up with Marvel, which has essentially held a monopoly on the superhero genre since they premiered their Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. I immediately had doubts when DC announced a slew of films in the same vein as those released...

Critic’s Corner: Coen Bros. (Might Have) Failed

Scott Johnson, Author

February 10, 2016

There is no doubt that Joel and Ethan Coen will go down in the annals of film history as two of the greatest directors of all time and most certainly the most innovative filmmaking duo in recent memory. But for every masterpiece a director crafts, there must be at least one film that falls short of expectations—“Almost Famous” had “Aloha”...

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