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‘Spotlight’ shines on all levels

Ethan Brown
December 3, 2015
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To say Tom McCarthy’s new film “Spotlight” is a great journalism film would be an understatement, because it’s the best journalistic film since “All the President’s Men.” “Spotlight” tells the story of the 2002 child molestation scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Boston and th...

‘Master of None’ proves spectacular

Ethan Brown
November 30, 2015
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For a long time, Aziz Ansari stood behind the likes of Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman and his other “Parks and Recreations” co-stars. But in Netflix’s new TV show “Master of None,” Ansari steps into the spotlight, and along with him, comes a fantastic show. The show stars Ansari as struggling a...

Historical disaster movie doesn’t dig deep enough

Olivia Sieff
November 9, 2015
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Five years ago, over one billion people watched as 33 miners were rescued from a Chilean mine after being trapped underground for 69 days. Now, viewers can experience the tale again, but sadly with less emotion than the actual event. “The 33”, directed by Patricia Riggen, tells the story of th...

Bond film fails to impress

Ethan Brown
November 8, 2015
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Throughout Daniel Craig’s nine-year tenure as James Bond, he’s done more than most regular people could ever imagine doing. Unfortunately, Sam Mendes’ new film “Spectre,” finds Craig losing his footing as Bond. The film begins in Mexico City, and is set after the events of “Skyfall,”...

Blaze Pizza flames competition

Shoshi Leviton and Olivia Sieff
October 14, 2015
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Let’s break it down. Crust: Although the crust was extremely thin, it supported a multitude of toppings and a crackling crunch you could hear from across the room. Sauce: There wasn’t a lot of sauce to each bite, so a perfect option for those who usually scrape off the extra sauce. For the c...

Boston mobster immortalized in film

Ethan Brown
October 7, 2015
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In Scott Cooper’s film “Black Mass,” Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger is cold-blooded and incredible. The film follows Bulger’s rise to mobster infamy and subsequent fall back to real life. The majority of the film is set in 1970s and 1980s South...

Biopic captures unrelenting lifestyle

Ethan Brown
September 18, 2015
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F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which chronicles the success of Compton rap collective N-wordz With Attitude, is just as brutally honest and unforgiving as the group’s music and lifestyle. “Straight Outta Compton” begins in 1986. As the city of Compton, California becomes increasingl...

Sequel provides nonstop laughter

Olivia Sieff
May 18, 2015
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Pitch Perfect 2 ratings | Create infographics The Bellas are back and better and funnier than ever. “Pitch Perfect 2”, starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld, brings more laughs and ridiculousness than the original. The sequel, directed by Elizabeth Banks, focuses on the Barden Bellas, who are determined to regain the...

Urban fantasy novel fails to create excitement

Urban fantasy novel fails to create excitement

Olivia Sieff
April 14, 2015
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A novel focusing on a world completely underground sounds intriguing at first, but sadly “Downsiders” by Neal Shusterman fails to grab the reader’s attention and keep them interested. Shusterman’s 1999 novel starts off quite confusing, following a snowflake before randomly introducing the...

Predictable movie possesses loveable qualities

Emily Melbye
November 15, 2014
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On the surface, St. Vincent seems like another run of the mill hollywood spun tale about a curmudgeon old neighbor forming an ‘unexpected’ bond with the quirky young neighbor kid. However, after taking a second look, there is much more than what meets the eye. Director Theodore Melfi revives this...

Maze Runner brings novel to life

Josh Mesick
September 22, 2014
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The only thing with more twists and turns than Wes Ball’s “The Maze Runner” is the labyrinth itself. The movie begins with the protagonist, Thomas, waking up with no memories in an elevator shaft going up towards what looks to be a cell door. Once he hits the door, it opens up to a group of...

A film that brings wonder and memories

A film that brings wonder and memories

Emily Melbye
September 3, 2014
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  It’s not often that a movie transports it’s entire audience back into their past, however “Boyhood” does just that. “Boyhood” follows the life of Mason, played by the sensational Ellat Coltrane, from childhood to college. While the storyline may seem familiar, the troubled childhood,...

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