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A most violent attempt

Madison D’Ornellas, Assistant News Editor

February 9, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews

“A Most Violent Year” takes an ambitious step back in time to when guns solved everything. Directed by J.C. Candor and released on Friday with A24 Studios, “A Most Violent Year” has every tool to obtain mob-movie greatness: blood, a mischievous, beautiful wife, tax fraud and drawn-out pauses in between far-fetched monologues. Unfortunately, the film struggles with an attempt to be a classic gangster movie. Progressing...

Review: Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ triggers truth

Brooke Becher, Diversions Editor

January 20, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television

Clint Eastwood’s latest take to the box-office paints a war story of a different color. American Sniper is a biopic of the late “Legend” Chris Kyle, a United States Navy SEAL proclaimed to be the most lethal sniper recorded in history, played by Bradley Cooper. He is torn between serving his country, his comrades and his family. Like most of Eastwood’s directorial work, the film unfolds in one straight shot after...

‘Filmage’ tells Descendents’ tale

Priscella Vega, Assistant News Editor

April 27, 2014

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Music, Showcase

If hardcore punk bands in the early ‘80s were told that one of the most influential punk bands for generations to come would include a scrawny science geek sporting specs and a teenage fishing enthusiast, chances are many wouldn’t have believed it. “Filmage: the Story of Descendents/All” is a music documentary by Deedle Lacour, Matt Riggle, Justin Wilson and James Rayburn that tells the story of how the 1978 Manhattan...

Film veterans speak conservation, appreciation

Film veterans speak conservation, appreciation

April 20, 2014

When current movies are discussed, the artists mentioned may include Drew Barrymore, George Clooney and Blake Lively. Names that are less often discussed, though, include Quincy Jones, John Barrymore,...

Wes Anderson’s new film is grand

Zach Nix, Staff Writer

April 15, 2014

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is Wes Anderson’s eighth feature length film, and features Anderson’s most impressive cast yet to play the fun characters in this date quirky story. Since 1996, Anderson has been providing moviegoers with unique and dramatic comedies that are hilarious, emotional and beautiful to look at. Anderson has become one of the great contemporary auteurs thanks to his unique visual style,...

Portlandia goes on tour

Portlandia goes on tour

April 15, 2014

Fred Armisen made a name for himself with SNL and The Tonight Show band, but now he’s touring as an actor, drawing a fan base just as quirky as his hit show “Portlandia,” which is currently in its...

‘Under the Skin’ is over audiences’ heads

Shane Newell, City Editor

April 15, 2014

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews, Showcase

Although it may be one of the most disturbing and audacious films ever produced, “Under the Skin” largely under-performs and falls flat in almost every category. Based on a 2000 novel of the same name, “Under the Skin” follows an unnamed alien woman (Scarlett Johansson) who stalks young Scottish men. After picking the men up in her van, the alien lures each of them to her apartment and traps them in a seemingly...

Captain America returns with answers

Captain America returns with answers

Matt Mueller, Staff Writer

April 6, 2014

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews, Showcase

In Marvel’s “The Avengers,” the question of just how Captain America is relevant in today’s modern world was a recurring thought. The sequel to Captain America’s 2011 feature film, “Captain...