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Top 10 movies of 2018

“Roma” Throughout its over two-hour run, the incredibly rich “Roma” slowly constructs the world of one woman, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), and the depths of her experience as a maid in the early 1970s for a family in Mexico City. Directed, produced, written and edited by Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” is semi-autobiographical. Besides being the most gorgeous film of […]

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is a crime of a movie

Among recent movie franchises, none have managed to capture the imagination and wonder of a generation quite like Harry Potter. Both the movies and the books they were inspired by are regarded as charming, wonderous and, of course, magical. As part of the spin-off movie series based on a Hogwarts textbook, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes […]

Stan Lee leaves behind Marvelous legacy

There have been many influential figures in the world of entertainment — people who have created the cultural milestones that have shaped entire generations. However, none quite compare to Stan Lee, the co-creator of such beloved superheroes as Spider-Man, Captain America and Thor, who died Nov. 12 at 95. As the man who captured the […]

‘Christmas is Here!’ gives Pentatonix fans early delight

Following the release of their single “Making Christmas,” a cover from the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993), a capella group Pentatonix released their fourth full-length Christmas album on Oct. 26, titled “Christmas Is Here!” Featuring favorites like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Jingle Bells,” the album also boasts collaborations […]

‘Beautiful Boy’ portrays realities of addiction, lacks emotional insight

Content warning: This article discusses addiction. Addiction is the ultimate disruptor, ruining not only the lives of those who immediately suffer from it but everyone who encounters it, forever snarling life’s supposedly linear path. In “Beautiful Boy,” father David Sheff (Steve Carell) is left struggling after his successful son Nic Sheff (Timothée Chalamet) falls victim […]

October box office roundup: Frighteningly good

The October box office has a history of under-performing releases, often mired by overdone horror movies in honor of Halloween. Prior to this year’s record-breaking “Venom” release, “Gravity” (2013) held October’s highest opening weekend, followed by a line of horror films, including most of the “Saw” saga and some random outliers, like “High School Musical […]

Ryan Gosling: From heartthrob to astronaut

From his early childhood, Ryan Gosling has been destined for the big screen. Gosling rose to prominence after his time on the Disney Channel’s star-producing show, “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” (1989–94), and arguably has never left the spotlight since then. With his role as Neil Armstrong in “First Man” receiving critical acclaim, now is […]

‘Venom’ suffers lack of direction, poor character development

Just as the rise of a superhero begets the appearance of a supervillain, the surplus of superhero films in today’s cinema will no doubt spawn supervillain films in the near future. Sony Pictures’ “Venom” has attempted to kickstart this villainous takeover, telling the story of the titular, parasitic anti-hero. However, confusing plotlines, one-dimensional characters and lackluster special […]

‘Atypical’ season debut fails to address past criticism

Netflix dramedy “Atypical” (2017–) returned for a second season on Sept. 7, with all ten episodes available for streaming. However, while the show did well enough to merit continuation, season one garnered plenty of criticism for its hackneyed portrayal of people on the autism spectrum. The first episode of the show’s second season appears to overcome some […]

2018 summer movies roundup

With summer drawing to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect on the myriad movies that graced the big screen over the past three months. Unless you live under a rock, most of these movies will come as no surprise, although some of them are perhaps unexpected. Regardless of their hype, however, each […]