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New “Beauty and the Beast” enchants audiences

Afton Weaver, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

The enchanting live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 musical “Beauty and the Beast” has captured the hearts and minds of viewers since opening on March 17, recounting with a modern twist the beloved tale of a confident yet gentle girl who is able to find love and compassion in an angry beast. With...

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

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter
November 17, 2016
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

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...

“Hell or High Water” delivers gripping drama, action

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor
September 15, 2016
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...

Movie Review: The Motorcycle Diaries

Megan Hearst
March 10, 2016
Filed under A&E, Reviews

Regardless of the viewer's political stance, The Motorcycle Diaries is a beautiful film to look at, and a perfect advertisement for the countries Guevara and Granado explore.

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

Eric Anderson, A&E Writer
January 28, 2016
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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Local High School’s Successes Highlighted in Documentary

Local High School’s Successes Highlighted in Documentary

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor
December 10, 2015
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

Amid the shuffle of finals stress, it’s easy to forget what’s going on outside of the bubble. Just a few blocks away from campus, however, is Lincoln High School, an alternative high school that specializes in educating traumatized youth. The documentary “Paper Tigers” follows the stories...

Movie Review: ‘Sicario’ an unusual, haunting success

November 5, 2015
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

“Nothing will make sense to your American ears, and you will doubt everything that we do, but in the end you will understand,” says Alejandro Gillik (Benicio del Toro) to Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) at the beginning of their mission. In "Sicario," the viewer follows Kate Macer across the border and ...

Rape Culture in ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’

Emma Cooper
April 22, 2017
Filed under A&E

In the movie 'The Other Boleyn Girl', both the content and the depiction romanticize and beautify what is essentially an endorsement of the behavior of chauvinistic kings.

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Laura Marling’s Short Movie spellbinding masterpiece

Emma Dahl
April 9, 2015
Filed under A&E, Reviews

Right off the bat, I'm going to say that I can only hope that I'll do Laura Marling's new album Short Movie justice in this review. I'll let you know right away that Short Movie is an incredible album. Laura Marling is an expert songwriter, and every single track on this album is a little microcosm ...

‘Dear White People’ examines the life experiences of black students

James Kennedy
February 12, 2015
Filed under A&E

"Dear White People," an award-winning entry at the Sundance Film Festival, will be shown at Whitman as part of the Power and Privilege Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 19. The showing is open to all Whitman students as well as Walla Walla community members, and it will start at 8 p.m. in Cordiner Hall...

“Birdman” plot fails but acting flies

Nathan Fisher
December 11, 2014
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews

After passing my film orals last week, I felt confident in my film analytic abilities and was ready to tackle "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." I've avoided this surreal and mind-bending dark comedy for weeks, but now was ready to tackle a movie that wasn't the normal mindless entertainment....

Traditional Holiday Movies

Nathan Fisher
December 4, 2014
Filed under A&E, Movie Reviews, Reviews

With Thanksgiving Break officially over, I can finally get into the holiday spirit by listening to Christmas music like the Drifters "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" or Bing Crosby crooning "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and watching my favorite holiday movies. Most people have movies they watch every...

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