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Movie studios are wasting money on marketing budgets and setting up failures

Movie studios are wasting money on marketing budgets and setting up failures

November 28, 2018

Critic and audience reviews used to be the key factors in viewing how successful a film was, but now the only thing that matters are box office numbers. Although this is not as problematic for smal...

Retro Review: The newest Grinch film diminishes from his louring predecessors

Retro Review: The newest Grinch film diminishes from his louring predecessors

November 25, 2018

In the 61 years the world has known Dr. Seuss’ Grinch there is one thing all the different grinches had in common: they were mean. They all hated Christmas and the people of Whoville. However, the ne...

‘Overlord’ is a bloody thrill ride from start to finish

‘Overlord’ is a bloody thrill ride from start to finish

November 12, 2018

For the past few years, World War II dramas have taken a very conventional approach to their storytelling, focusing on either a key political figure fighting from an office, a few boots on the ground or pl...

The 1990 version of ‘It’ is not a work of horror art

The 1990 version of ‘It’ is not a work of horror art

Grant Hermanns, Opinions Editor

October 31, 2018

Filed under Arts & Life, Film and Television, Reviews

When you’re a child, movies such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Poltergeist” and “The Exorcist” were scarring and kept you up at night, fearing that the entities seen would come and get...

Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid90s’ details growing up in the hip-hop and skate era

Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid90s’ details growing up in the hip-hop and skate era

October 24, 2018

Actor and producer Jonah Hill is best known for his comedic roles in movies such as “Superbad,” “21 Jump Street,”  “This Is the End” and “Wolf of Wall Street.” Lately, he has strayed away...

‘Halloween’ is on par with the 1978 original film

‘Halloween’ is on par with the 1978 original film

October 21, 2018

Rarely is a movie so nearly perfect that it prompts multiple viewings within its opening weekend. The newest “Halloween” is such a movie. Rather than restart the franchise, 2018’s “Halloween”...

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ is anything but

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ is anything but

October 15, 2018

“Pulp Fiction.” “Fargo.” “The Usual Suspects.” These are some of the best neo-noir ensemble films that know how to properly flesh out its characters and deliver thrills. “Bad Times at the El...

Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ is more than its lewd exterior

Netflix’s ‘Big Mouth’ is more than its lewd exterior

October 9, 2018

The animated Netflix Original Series “Big Mouth” returned for its second season, still as vulgar and comedic, but with an extra heaping of self-awareness and introspection. Created by Jennifer Fla...