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Review: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
February 16
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The zany, self-referential and ridiculous antics of the Dark Knight’s LEGO equivalent continue in Warner Animation Group’s new animated feature, “The LEGO Batman Movie,” a spin-off of the 2014 smash hit, “The LEGO Movie” focusing on the Batman character. Will Arnett returns as the titular...

The 89th Academy Awards: Another year of gains and snubs

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
January 26
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The official nominations for the 89th Academy Awards ceremony were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and, much in the vein of past ceremonies, featured some welcome improvements from years past while also maintaining or establishing some troublesome trends. Nine films were nominated for the coveted Best ...

“Fantastic Beasts” an enchanting “Potter” prequel

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
December 1
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Mixing the charms of its characters, an engaging narrative and grandiose visuals to strong effect, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a prequel to the “Harry Potter” franchise, is an uncommonly affable and whimsical film that has much to offer audiences. It is noticeably superior to ...

Ava DuVernay’s “13th” follows transformative systems of oppresion

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter
November 17
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The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” As the amendment that ended sl...

“Art of the Deal” movie mocks Trump’s crass side

Michelle Foster, Staff Writer
November 3
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Political humor is at its most bizarre in the Funny or Die production, “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie.” The film, released on Feb. 10, 2016, is a parody that highlights the absurdity and crudeness that has come with this year’s controversial Republican presidential candidate. The ...

“Amanda Knox” a raw look at the media

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter
October 9
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

This past week, I attended a meeting for students planning to study abroad. Around 20 students and myself anxiously sat together, waiting for the speaker talk us through the process of choosing and applying to the available programs. As my eyes scanned down the long list of cities and countries where I cou...

“Hell or High Water” delivers gripping drama, action

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
September 15
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

In a fairly bizarre turn of events, it appears that film distributors decided to wait until August before finally releasing a majority of this summer's best films. And with the release of the new dramatic Western "Hell or High Water" over Labor Day weekend, it seems they were saving the best for last. With...

Recapping the Summer Movie Season

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
September 8
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

More than any other summer in recent memory, the current summer season has proved deeply troubling for the state of the film industry, in regards to the quality of films, the kinds of films that were released, and which films were rewarded and which fell flat with audiences. Arguably, the mo...

“Batman v Superman” is a Super-Clunker

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer
April 7
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

Zack Snyder's superhero match-up is bogged down by an incoherent plot, bad characterization and unimpressive action.

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Netflix Gems: The Best Films You Didn’t Hear About

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer
March 3
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"Nightcrawler", "Beyond the Lights" and "White God" are among the better films to grace Netflix in the past year.

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“Chi-Raq”: An Amusing Look at a Serious Topic

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer
February 25
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For a film that begins by presenting a damning social statistic-more Americans have been killed in Chicago in the last decade than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined-Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" is curiously, but not pointlessly, lighthearted.

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Holiday Movie Catchup: A Look at this Winter’s Best

Eric Anderson, A&E Writer
January 28
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

With most of 2015's holiday releases wrapping up their box office runs, it's time to look back at three of the better films to grace theaters this past Christmas.

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