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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. […]

200 years of “Frankenstein” haunt Duquesne

200 years of “Frankenstein” haunt Duquesne

Jamie Crow | Staff Writer 08/30/2018 During a stormy summer on Lake Geneva in Switzerland 200 years ago, Mary Shelley penned her famous novel Frankenstein for a writing competition between friends. It is a story that has captivated and horrified audiences for ages. In an effort to celebrate the classic’s longevity, the history of its […]

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 […]

‘Den of Thieves’s’ plot keeps watchers enticed

‘Den of Thieves’s’ plot keeps watchers enticed

By Nicole Prieto | Staff Writer 01/25/2018 Den of Thieves is a power fantasy that blends the trappings of a smart crime-thriller and operatic drama. The film pits convicts against cops in a deadly cat-and-mouse game involving one of the least “caseable” banks in the nation: the Federal Reserve. Ray Merrimen (Pablo Schreiber) is a […]

‘The Post’ solidifies need for free press

‘The Post’ solidifies need for free press

By Hallie Lauer | Layout Editor 01/18/2018 Steven Spielberg has come very close to outdoing himself with The Post. The movie, while providing a few laughs, a few tears and a wonderful dose of dramatic irony, also managed to deliver a poignant lesson on history and modern politics. Overall, the cinematography of this film was […]

‘The Commuter’ rides out mediocre messages

‘The Commuter’ rides out mediocre messages

By Nicole Prieto | Staff Writer 01/18/2018 Headlined by Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga, The Commuter is a fast-paced ride guaranteed to put you on the edge of your seat; just try not to think about things too deeply after the credits roll. Ex-police officer, current insurance salesman and regular train commuter Michael MacCauley (Neeson) […]

‘The Last Jedi’ entrances with relatable cast

‘The Last Jedi’ entrances with relatable cast

By Grant Stoner | Staff Writer 01/01/2018 After the uninspiring debut of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I became fearful for one of my favorite movie franchises. Sure, Episode VII was entertaining, but it did little to differentiate itself from the original films. Thankfully, Rian Johnson’s artistic direction in The Last Jedi creates […]

‘Christmas Vacation’ reminds me what I hate about the holidays

‘Christmas Vacation’ reminds me what I hate about the holidays

And I’m happier for it. Zach Landau | Editor-in-Chief 01/01/17 Like most good Christian, American families, the Landau clan has its own holiday traditions that we have ritualistically followed for nearly 25 years now. Between the last-minute shopping spree for friends and the cook-off for the Christmas feast, the one ceremony that never fails to […]

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 […]

Retro Review: ‘Porco Rosso’ delivers high-flying adventure

Retro Review: ‘Porco Rosso’ delivers high-flying adventure

Nicole Prieto | Staff Writer 10/26/17 From aerial acrobatics to daring dogfights with seaplane pirates, Hayao Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso is the epitome of family-friendly adventure with a dash of noir sensibilities. This gem about a circa 1930s ex-World War I pilot mysteriously cursed to bear the face of a pig is a timeless classic about […]

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