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‘Moonlight’ offers authentic look at human emotion

December 14, 2016

“Moonlight” is a coming of age story about Chiron. He is growing up in the middle of a dysfunctional home where his mother is a drug addict, living a life without a father, getting constantly bullied at school and more. This is the story of his struggle to find himself as he deals with life, the highs and lows and everything that comes with it and grappling with his own sexuality and identity.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ joins the list of spectacular war films

December 7, 2016

“Hacksaw Ridge” is based off of the true story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield). Desmond joins the army during World War II after coming to the conclusion that he can no longer sit idly by and watch others join and die defending his country.

Don’t let Jack Frost come nipping at your nose

November 30, 2016

Yes, it has been an unbelievable fall. However, the weather is getting colder and soon there will be snow. It will be time for sledding, skating, skiing and walks in the winter wonderland we call campus. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants you to enjoy this season but to also protect yourself from frostbite.

‘Edge of Seventeen’ perfectly sums up life as a teenager

November 30, 2016

High School junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) has reached her limit. A few years ago, her father died, home life with her mother and seemingly perfect brother aren’t great and when her best friend starts dating her brother, she just can’t take it anymore. This is the story of Nadine and how she manages the awkward and difficult age of 17.

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ brings magic of wizarding world back to screen

November 30, 2016

In 1926, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) comes into New York City with a suitcase full of magical creatures. Unfortunately, some of those creatures happen to escape when Newt runs into a muggle named Jacob (Dan Fogler) and gets their suitcases mixed up with one another. With magical creatures on the loose, tensions are high between the wizarding community and muggle (or No-Maj referred to by the English).

‘Arrival’ adds to recent list of great sci-fi films

November 16, 2016

Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguistic analyst, leads a team of people into one of 12 spaceships that have landed around the world. Her job: Find out what their purpose here on Earth is, where they came from and how they arrived.

‘Bronson’ is a dive into the life of Britain’s most infamous prisoner

November 16, 2016

“Bronson” (2008) is a biopic about Charles Bronson (not to be confused with the actor of the same name), who is considered to be Britain’s most violent and notorious prisoner.

‘Doctor Strange’ a visually Marvel-ous film worth seeing

November 9, 2016

Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a world-famous surgeon with a bit of an ego. His life is drastically and suddenly changed after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing elsewhere.

‘Inferno’ feels more like a flicker than a blaze

November 2, 2016

Symbol and history expert Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is back at it once again saving the world from impending doom. After he wakes up injured in a hospital with no memory of the previous 48 hours, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), the nurse who is a history buff and fan of Langdon’s work, to help try and uncover what happened.

Artful thriller ‘I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House’ intrigues rather than scares

November 2, 2016

Atmospheric and palpably tense, this newly released Netflix original is a slow build toward a beautifully written but somewhat confusing supernatural thriller.

‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ offers nothing new, but executes horror incredibly well

October 26, 2016

I recently read the 1971 horror classic “The Exorcist” and was absolutely riveted and horrified by its story and atmosphere. It scratched a certain itch that I have for quality horror, horror that doesn’t give meaningless gore or countless jump scares, but treats us to something that digs into the core of our human psyche.

‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ is a classic worth watching again and again

October 26, 2016

“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is a story about three men who are all out to find $20,000 in gold that a Union soldier has buried. Each one of these men are experienced gunslingers who both go up against each other and also help each other at times to get closer to the gold.

‘The Invitation’ is an unnerving and believable thriller

October 19, 2016

“The Invitation” is a psychological drama/thriller released to limited theaters in April 2016. Prior to this release, the film made its rounds at film festivals around the globe beginning the previous year. This micro budget movie was directed by Karyn Kusama who has previously directed “Aeon Flux” (2005) and “Jennifer’s Body” (2009).

‘The Accountant’ offers well-rounded plot, intriguing characters

October 19, 2016

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is the accountant, but who is this accountant? Acting as a small town accountant, he also freelances as an accountant for some of the most wealthy and powerful criminal organizations around the globe.

‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ is a blast from sci-fi past

October 12, 2016

I might be an odd one saying this, but I love the old science fiction films from the 1950s and ’60s. I remember staying up late on Saturday nights to watch the show “Svengoolie” on a local TV station where they would air an old sci-fi or horror movie and provide comedic commentary during commercials.