Film series tackles difficult and controversial topics

Hannah Boucher | staff writer 02/06/2020 The Human Rights Film Series has come a long way since its beginnings. Exactly 13 years ago, it started out as a foreign film festival, but after recognizing that Pittsburgh lacked a human rights film series, professors Mark Frisch and Edith Krause changed the event into what it is […]

Frozen 2 a well-crafted next chapter for franchise

<em>Frozen 2</em> a well-crafted next chapter for franchise

Katie SeCaur | Staff Writer 12/05/19 On Nov. 22, Disney’s much anticipated Frozen 2, hit the silver screen in theaters worldwide, sending many parents and their little ones to the theater to see the latest adventure of Anna and Elsa. The early box office receipts have been staggering, with a global box office take of […]

Despite flaws, Doctor Sleep is a fine follow-up

Despite flaws, <em>Doctor Sleep</em> is a fine follow-up

Neil Runge | Staff Writer 11/07/19 The Halloween spirit continues past its end with an early release showing of Stephen King’s newest novel adaptation Doctor Sleep. This past Wednesday, AMC Theater in the Waterfront held a special preview of this new horror movie, which will see a full theatrical release on Nov. 8. Directed by […]

We Have Always Lived in the Castle worth a watch on Netflix

<em>We Have Always Lived in the Castle</em> worth a watch on Netflix

Neil Runge | Staff Writer 09/19/19 The 2018 adaptation of the gothic novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is now on Netflix and ready for new eyes. It first premiered at the LA Film Festival, then earlier this year, it was shown in a limited number of theaters. A streaming […]

The Goldfinch is a mess, in spite of great cast

<em>The Goldfinch</em> is a mess, in spite of great cast

Griffin Sendek | Photography Editor 09/18/19 Never before have I witnessed a film so desperately try to be meaningful only to result in something vapid and astonishingly empty. The Goldfinch, directed by John Crowley, is a film adaptation of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name that tells the fictional story of a […]

It Chapter Two continues the Loser Club’s horrifying tale

<em>It Chapter Two</em> continues the Loser Club’s horrifying tale

Madison Pastrick | Layout Editor & Ad Manager 09/12/19 Stephen King’s literary masterpiece has made it to the big screen once again, as everybody’s least favorite clown, Pennywise, returns to wreak havoc on the poor children of Derry, Maine in It Chapter Two. Picking up 27 years after It (2017), this movie concludes the story […]

Endgame wraps up a generation’s favorite films

<em>Endgame</em> wraps up a generation’s favorite films

Griffin Sendek & Josiah Martin | The Duquesne Duke 05/02/19 It is near-impossible to think of a film series as expansive and long-lasting as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Nobody could have predicted 11 years ago that the franchise would grow to include 23 films, or that its flagship Avengers arc would conclude with the […]

Shazam! balances action with humor, thanks to cast

<em>Shazam!</em> balances action with humor, thanks to cast

Natalie Schroeder | Staff Writer 04/24/19 After its opening weekend, Shazam! earned its rightful place at the top of the box office with $53.3 million. With 168 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes labeled this movie Certified Fresh. The movie was written by Henry Gayden and directed by David F. Sandberg with a cast that brought humor to […]

Peele’s second thriller Us exceeds high expectations

Peele’s second thriller <em>Us</em> exceeds high expectations

Salena Moran & Evan Penrod | Staff Writers 03/27/19 Following the success of his thriller Get Out (2017), director Jordan Peele’s sophomore film Us (2019) debuts an original horror story combining the best of slasher movies with a deeper psychological twist. Us begins with the backstory of Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) and her traumatizing experience […]

Action film Triple Frontier fails to justify runtime

Action film <em>Triple Frontier</em> fails to justify runtime

Neil Runge | Staff Writer 03/21/19 Imagine a little over two hours of action-packed, beautifully shot yet dialogue heavy boredom. If that feels like a contradiction, it is. It’s an oxymoron titled, Triple Frontier. Netflix’s newest movie, directed by J. C. Chandor, was released March 13. It is star-studded and has peaks of action, but […]

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