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Cold War a chilling, unconventional, Oscar-worthy film

<em>Cold War</em> a chilling, unconventional, Oscar-worthy film

Griffin Sendek | Features Editor 02/07/19 I did not hear about Cold War from trailers or online Oscar discussion. Rather, I first discovered the film on the T back to campus. Wedged between the seat in front of me and the wall was an issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As I unfolded the wrinkled-up paper […]

Mikkelsen shines in otherwise-lackluster Polar adaptation

Mikkelsen shines in otherwise-lackluster <em>Polar</em> adaptation

Neil Runge | Staff Writer 01/31/19 There are very few things more disappointing than a movie that seemed like it was going to be celebrity-filled and action-packed but turned out to be a confusing, gory mess. Netflix’s Polar is an example of that. Based on a webcomic-turned-graphic novel of the same name, this film stars […]

On the Basis of Sex: a fitting tribute to the Notorious RBG

<em>On the Basis of Sex:</em> a fitting tribute to the Notorious RBG

Kailey Love | Editor-In-Chief 01/17/19 After a year filled with more viral love for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg than ever before, the “Great Dissenter” made her way to the silver screen (for the second time, following the 2018 documentary RBG) in the biopic film On the Basis of Sex, wide released on Jan. […]

A Star is Born impresses with original songs, emotional turns

Natalie Schroeder | Staff Writer 10/12/18 Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper hit the big screen together this past weekend with their film A Star Is Born. The movie first hit theaters in 1937 as an American Technicolor romantic drama film. The movie reboot earned a 91 percent on “Rotten Tomatoes,” and it was well deserved. […]

SeaWorld remains destructive despite support

SeaWorld remains destructive despite support

Rachel Pierce | Staff Columnist 04/19/2018 Correction: The original run of this article erroneously attributed stated opinions to the entire San Diego Union-Tribune, when in actuality the opinion was expressed in a Letter to the Editor. The piece has been updated to reflect this correction. A Letter to the Editor published in The San Diego […]

Film series leaves audience questioning society

Film series leaves audience questioning society

By Joey Mueser | Staff Writer 02/01/2018 In 2006, Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, swept the nation with tremendous controversy. Despite being well-sourced from a large pool of evidence, a large amount of the public dismissed the former vice president’s warnings about climate change and shrugged them off as it had in the past. […]

Branagh turns in stellar performance in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Branagh turns in stellar performance in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Isaac Davies | Staff Writer 11/16/17 Hollywood interpretations of beloved books stand on shaky ground. The director wants to make a great cinematic experience while staying as true to the original work as he can. While the source books are amazing in their own right, a movie cannot alway be told in the exact same […]

‘Thor’ baffles with complex, confusing plot, tone

‘Thor’ baffles with complex, confusing plot, tone

By Grant Stoner | Staff Writer 11/09/2017 The God of Thunder has graced the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2011, quickly becoming a mainstay across numerous films. Whether appearing as an Avenger or starring in his own standalone series, I have always enjoyed Thor’s presence. Yet, with Thor: Ragnarok, the inability to form a cohesive plot […]

‘Kingsman’ beats expectations again in sequel

‘Kingsman’ beats expectations again in sequel

By Leah Devorak | Editor-in-Chief 10/05/17 God save the queen. Kingsman is brilliant. After keeping fans waiting for three years, the second film in the beloved series, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, picks up with a bang as Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton; Roxy, played by Sophie Cook; Merlin, played by Mark Strong and the whole […]

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ too tropish for own good

‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ too tropish for own good

By Grant Stoner | Staff Writer I am not a fan of the action movie genre. For me, the drawn-out chase scenes, only-mildly-entertaining fighting sequences and weak romantic subplots all feel the same. Unfortunately, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is as standard as action movies can come, and despite the amazing rapport between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel […]