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Review: “Isle of Dogs” is Beautiful but Disappointing

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

May 3, 2018

Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” is a visual spectacle that never quite escapes the stereotypes of a large-budget Hollywood release. Set in a near-future Japan, an authoritarian leader banishes all canines from Megasaki City to Trash Island after a vicious virus spreads through the population. ...

“The Shape of Water” a Beautifully Executed Film

“The Shape of Water” a Beautifully Executed Film

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

March 29, 2018

In an industry that has been flooded with remakes, sequels, prequels and franchises, the place for creative film directors and screenwriters has diminished into obscurity, with the few films that are genuinely new or groundbreaking either slumping in the box office or being relegated to art house cinemas....

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2018

Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) is the antithesis of J. J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015). “The Force Awakens” was a nostalgia trip for old fans and an easily digestible introduction for new fans. In 2015, audiences met new faces as well as old, but the...

Minute Film Festival: Sixty-Second Creative Endeavors

Alasdair Padman, Staff Reporter

October 28, 2017

What can you do with a minute? This was the challenge posed to students taking part in the Minute Film Festival in Kimball Theater on Friday, Oct. 27. The festival, put on by the Fine Arts House, premiered 36 different films submitted by a variety of students. As with all film festivals, this one...

Lav Goes Meta

Vincent Warne

April 19, 2015

"Century of Birthing" is sort of like a twisted riff on "8 1/2," were "8 1/2" written by Hong Sang-soo and filtered through the relentless somnambulistic cinematography of Bela Tarr or Tsai Ming-Liang. Of course, that mishmash of name-dropping doesn't even come close to doing justice to the singular...

‘Warm Bodies’ Leaves Viewer Feeling Warm and Fuzzy

‘Warm Bodies’ Leaves Viewer Feeling Warm and Fuzzy

Nathan Fisher

February 7, 2013

The undead seem to be hip nowadays, with shows like "The Walking Dead" and "True Blood" drawing huge crowds, and movies like "Zombieland," "Resident Evil" and "Shaun of the Dead" making a few bucks. Cashing in on this apocalypse lovefest, this week's new release, "Warm Bodies," adds a new twist to zombiela...

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