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“Black Panther” is a fresh take on the superhero film

“Black Panther” is a fresh take on the superhero film

February 18, 2018

It's become a cliché for reviews to proclaim that Marvel Studios’ newest movie is their best output yet. But “Black Panther” really is the best movie to bear the Marvel name; it's the only one to draw te...

“The Cloverfield Paradox” is a bland glut of a movie

“The Cloverfield Paradox” is a bland glut of a movie

February 6, 2018

If “The Cloverfield Paradox” ends up becoming a part of film history, it’ll be because of its unique distribution, not because of its quality or innovation. Netflix acquired the movie from Pa...

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” delivers a WCKD bang

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” delivers a WCKD bang

January 30, 2018

“Maze Runner: The Death Cure” is a sci-fi action film that will keep you gripping your seat, maintaining a theme of survival from start to finish. The film is the final installment in the trilogy, f...

‘The Foreigner’ is the Jackie Chan performance we’ve been waiting for

‘The Foreigner’ is the Jackie Chan performance we’ve been waiting for

October 21, 2017

Bombs, bullets and non-stop action sums up the recent Jackie Chan film “The Foreigner,” which premiered last weekend. This film grossed over $100 million worldwide on its opening weekend, landing third in the box o...

New ‘IT’ film makes for a fun and terrifying experience

New ‘IT’ film makes for a fun and terrifying experience

September 12, 2017

The sewer clown and red balloons are back. The horror reboot of Stephen King’s 1986 novel “IT,” directed by Andy Muschietti, is as fun as it is terrifying. Bringing in $123.1 million opening week...

Surging changes arise in Schwentke’s ‘Insurgent’

Surging changes arise in Schwentke’s ‘Insurgent’

March 24, 2015

Fiction fans can rush to theaters and cringe, yet again, as they accept and embrace unexpected additions to the film adaptation of “Insurgent.” Director Robert Schwentke adapted the second installment...

Review: Fifty Shades of Grey fails to ignite the big screen

Melitza Beltran, Contributing Writer

February 17, 2015

Filed under Arts & Life

Brace yourselves, bookworms; the highly anticipated “Fifty Shades of Grey” film-adaptation falls flaccid, lacking the dangerous sex appeal that kept bookstore shelves empty and the latex industry in business. The film follows a virginal Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson, who falls in love with the deeply disturbed billionaire tycoon Christian Grey, played by Jaime Dornan. His uncanny love for floggers,...

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...