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 […]

‘First Man’ tackles Neil Armstrong beyond the legend

Hollywood has produced many ambitious movies about the perils of space travel over the past five years, including “Gravity” (2013), “Interstellar” (2014) and “The Martian” (2015). How, then, can a movie about Neil Armstrong ever hope to stand out at a filmic moment already so fixated on aggrandizing and dramatizing space travel? The answer: Don’t […]

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 […]

‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a lesson in how to continue a classic

The year is 2049. Los Angeles, a megacity suffering from overpopulation, ecological upheaval and an ever increasing reliance on technology, finds itself confronted with greater issues regarding the android slave laborers, or replicants. Renowned replicant hunter, or blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) has vanished. Shortly after 2019, the Tyrell Corporation dissolved due to replicant insurrection. In […]

‘La La Land’ is what we want but not what we need

Without question, one of 2016’s most charming movies (and critics’ favorite) is “La La Land,” a modern-day musical written and directed by Damien Chazelle and released this past December. As awards season is underway, and “La La Land” collects numerous Golden Globe wins and Oscar nominations, the film continues to win hearts and minds. And not […]

Oscar hopefuls hit theaters

At long last, fall is here and while this arts editor is as excited as the next student for seasonal drinks and darker shades of lipstick, there is another, more exhilarating phenomenon that is simultaneously coming up. No, not cuffing season — Oscar season. While any film released in the previous calendar year is eligible […]

‘The Big Short’ — not your average Wall Street movie

“The Big Short,” (2015) co-written and directed by Adam McKay juggles an impressive number of characters who take on the daunting task of explaining exactly what caused the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression back in 2007-2008. This premise could very easily make for a dry and technical movie, with a ton of complicated terms […]