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“Fantastic Beasts” an enchanting “Potter” prequel

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

December 1, 2016

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 ...

“Amanda Knox” a raw look at the media

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter

October 9, 2016

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...

“Batman v Superman” is a Super-Clunker

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer

April 7, 2016

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

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

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer

March 3, 2016

"Nightcrawler", "Beyond the Lights" and "White God" are among the better films to grace Netflix in the past year.

Movie Review: “Beasts of No Nation” features remarkable acting, bleak premise

Eric Anderson, Staff Writer

November 17, 2015

The first direct-to-Netflix film is a chilling, powerful affair, with some of the best novice acting put on screen.

“The Cabin in the Woods” surprises with satiric, bloody good time

“The Cabin in the Woods” surprises with satiric, bloody good time

Nathan Fisher

April 19, 2012

In my vast experience as a movie reviewer (eight months) and 19 years of movie watching, I never––NEVER thought I would recommend, let alone voluntarily go see a horror movie. Well, "The Cabin in the Woods" changes all of my preconceived notions about horror flicks––it was amazing, albeit scary, go...

‘Hunger Games’ brings deadly dystopian struggle to big screen

‘Hunger Games’ brings deadly dystopian struggle to big screen

Nathan Fisher

April 5, 2012

I am proud to report that I actually read a non-required book this week––"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. Okay, okay, it's an easy fun read, 374 pages with big print, with words of fewer than eight letters. The film version is a surprisingly good adaptation of the book, making me pleased...

Navy SEALs valiantly struggle to act

Navy SEALs valiantly struggle to act

Nathan Fisher

March 11, 2012

Friday night I felt the call of Uncle Sam and saw "Act of Valor." Even though the movie had ONLY one thing going for it––the action. Man, was the execution flawless. The plot, or rather lack of plot, really does not matter in this movie . . . at all. As we have seen this year, the Navy SEAL team is the go-team gang...

2012 Oscars: Predictions & Picks

Nathan Fisher

February 23, 2012

February is my favorite month because my birthday is the 26th, and this year I get one of the best presents ever: the Oscars!  I have seen every movie nominated for best picture this year, but because I had to study a bit, I was unable to view enough movies in some categories to make a prediction.  So, drum roll please: Nathan's Part...

‘The Way’ beautifully examines living life to its fullest

‘The Way’  beautifully examines living life to its fullest

Nathan Fisher

November 17, 2011

Looking for a feel-good movie that you could watch with your family over the upcoming holidays and actually tolerate? Check out "The Way," a movie that examines a band of troubled souls and their journey of self-discovery along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and shows that enjoying life is about the need to stop . . . pause . . . and smell the roses. "The Way" begins wit...

Mad-Eye Moody drops F-bombs in ‘The Guard’

Nathan Fisher

October 9, 2011

Picture the movie "Hot Fuzz" turned dark and you get "The Guard," an offbeat, obscure Irish film seemingly missed by most major movie theaters. Comic timing and laugh-out-loud humor make this movie a worthy find. "The Guard" opens with Sergeant Boyle (Brendan Gleeson, best known for playing Mad-Eye...

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